Skip to content

Product Collaboration – Sashco

Much like a bold color painted on a wall, finding the perfect stain for your home can really help to enhance the visual impact of your logs as well as the home’s overall aesthetic appeal. In this second installment of our Product Collaboration series, we spoke with Karen of Sashco to learn a little about their experience working with PrecisionCraft client, Bob Marks— helping him select the perfect stain to complement  his rustic log home in Evergreen, Colorado.

Tell us a little about the project

Karen: From my perspective Bob’s project was amazing.  It was actually the first site I’ve been invited to visit so I was thrilled.  I was met by his PrecisionCraft Project Manager, Derek Best, who introduced me to Bob.  They walked me through the whole, beautiful house which, at the time, was halfway complete.  I was very impressed with how far they had come with the house so far.  Bob welcomed me to look around and look at the beautiful scenery—he has an amazing view of Evergreen Lake!

How did Bob hear about Sashco?

Karen: I believe Derek, recommended Sashco’s products to Bob.  Through the Start Right Program I’ve worked with PrecisionCraft for years.  More recently I’ve come to know the Project Managers, Derek and Jeff and have found we really work well together to provide our customers with the best products and customer care in the industry.

What made Bob choose to use Sashco?

Karen: Bob was very thorough with his research, and in the end, he found Sashco to be the leader in log finishing products in the country. I believe being a Colorado-based company also helped in his decision.

Were there any unique circumstances?

Karen: This experience was unique only because I actually got to watch the guys “in action”.  A very professional and exciting thing to see!

How did Bob feel about his Sashco stain?

Karen: It’s all in the pictures! The home is absolutely breath taking.  I’m pretty sure Bob feels the same way.  One of the things I love about my job is to see the difference once the home has been stained.  In my experience, most homeowners are so happy once they see their dream home built, but once they see it stained they are just in awe.  Sashco’s stains definitely have that WOW factor.


A big thank you goes out to Karen and Sashco for the time and collaboration they put into this week’s blog post as well as Bob’s one-of-a-kind mountain retreat. You can learn more about Sashco and its product lines, here:

Large-Scale Hybrid Home in Wisconsin

Mike remembers all throughout his childhood, family vacations along the chains of tranquil lakes and the plentiful wildlife of the national forests bordering the Northwoods in Wisconsin. It was these memories that spurred him and his wife, Gayle, to search for a piece of property in Eagle River. The property they chose sits on 4-acres of south-facing waterfront property on the largest chain of lakes in the U.S. With such excellent scenery and fishing available, Mike and Gayle knew they needed an attractive, large-scale wood home to complement their location. Here is the couple’s story of building their ideal wood home with PrecisionCraft.

What made you choose to work with PrecisionCraft?

Mike and Gayle – We chose PrecisionCraft after much research via log home seminars and magazines.  We knew the kind of look and feel we wanted our home to exude, and found that idea to be best matched with PrecisionCraft’s talent and experience.

Part of our decision making process was actually meeting all of the people at PrecisionCraft, touring their manufacturing facility in Idaho, and viewing several homes they built. We were very impressed by their team and knew we had made the right choice.

You based your design off of the Cedar Falls, what inspired you most about this concept? 

Mike and Gayle – We wanted a home that was big, yet practical. We were immediately attracted to the Cedar Falls because it had a striking prow roofline and great room that was optimum for our views. The layout was also practical as it was more or less conducive to our lifestyle.

What were the most important features you wanted your design to include?

Mike and Gayle – The space that was most important to us was the main living area – great room, kitchen, and dining spaces.  We wanted this area to have a ‘wow’ factor while being completely open to make socializing more comfortable for when we entertain guests. We also wanted our design to include large scale logs and wide scallop adzing.  Our designer achieved both of these goals with a great layout and a hybrid building style that combined exposed timber beams and trusses, milled and adzed log walls, and iron supports.

In its completed state, what is your favorite part about your hybrid log and timber home?

Mike and Gayle—We just love the size, scale, and beauty of the exposed timbers and support elements. They create such an impactful image, especially from the kitchen looking out over the great room and beyond to our scenic property.

Anything else you would like to add?

The entire building process with PrecisionCraft and our local builder went extremely well.  We love our PrecisionCraft home and get lots of compliments on it.  Often time’s people say it is the most beautiful home on the chain and we tend to agree.  Thank you PresicionCraft!


Want to see more? Check out Mike and Gayle’s Wisconsin Hybrid Home photo gallery.

Product Collaboration – Windsor Windows

Having an efficient and tight shell for their wood home was an important request for Steve and Patty of Northwest Washington. Their particular design included timber framing and Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), which were key in creating their shell, but they knew that if their home’s windows were not designed to fit to precision, or were poorly crafted and installed, the integrity of this shell could be compromised. At  PrecisionCraft, we understand the importance of quality materials, that is why we partner with Windsor Windows, utilizing their quality, handcrafted window lines to outfit our homes. Today we spoke with Cathy Leonard, the Marketing Manager at Windsor, about their experience working with these PrecisionCraft clients to help complete their stunning home.

Tell us a little about the project

Cathy: This couple was a very unique and engaged client for Windsor. When our company began working with them, Steve had just retired from his career as a Life Flight helicopter pilot in Texas and the couple had completed their design process with PrecisionCraft—creating their dream home in the Pacific Northwest. These people are hardworking and practical; they were building their dream home but they needed to be mindful of their budget.

 How did the couple hear about Windsor Windows?

Cathy: Having a longstanding relationship with PrecisionCraft, the couple’s Project Manager recommended they look at Windsor’s Pinnacle Clad windows for the high quality the homeowners desired but also the great value the windows would provide.

What made them choose to use Windsor?

Cathy: Steve and Patty compared the various window products in PrecisionCraft’s showroom and decided that Windsor’s Pinnacle Clad product was the perfect solution to meet their needs. They appreciated the beefy appearance, structural stability, and energy performance that the Windsor products offered. In addition, the window’s alder wood interiors and black hardware provided them with the décor they were striving to achieve.

Were there any unique circumstances?

Cathy: The windows for this project had a special set of needs because the arched windows had to fit precisely with the home’s SIP envelope. Since the main floor and basement were framed in a more conventional manner and the top floor was a SIP enclosure, the openings were of different dimensions. Therefore, the jamb widths for the various windows had to be custom entered for each opening.

How did the couple feel about their Windsor Windows?

Cathy: The couple was extremely pleased with the end result. Once their builder, the Johnson Brothers, had installed the windows, Patty exclaimed, “Nice touch on the Windsor Windows. They are absolutely gorgeous.”


We’d like to thank Cathy and Windsor Windows for the time and collaboration they put into this week’s blog post as well as Steve and Patty’s dream home. You can learn more about Windsor and its product lines, here:

A Custom Laurette Chateau in Minnesota

Rich and Crystal's Custom Laurette Chateau Design

Rich and Crystal are both established doctors in the bustling city of Rochester, Minnesota. With such busy schedules, the couple sought a refuge to relax. Both had fond memories of Crystal’s family ranch, located on a sprawling piece of property in the west, so they decided to look for land of their own.

After purchasing 100 acres of a wooded, waterfront area in the small farm town of Zumbro Falls, the couple called on PrecisionCraft’s award winning design team to help them bring their vision to life. Rich and Crystal’s main wants were for an open, timber frame design with plenty of outdoor living space for overlooking the lake. Acknowledging this, their designer helped the two browse through a variety French country inspired designs, as well as past project photos to get a clearer idea of what they wanted their home to look like.

While the couple was attracted to a variety of designs, it was the hipped roof and large great room viewing window of the Laurette Chateau concept that they utilized as a starting point for their design. From there, their designer added over 2,000 square feet to the original plan to accommodate their unique design needs, while still retaining the Laurette Chateau’s distinct look and feel they loved.

The Original Laurette Chateau Concept

These floor plan alterations included an expanded master suite and kitchen as well as the inclusion of an outdoor kitchen and dining space on the main level. The basement was also more than doubled to incorporate two guest suites, a bar, and a theater room.

With the design process complete, the couple can now take a step back and appreciate the result of their collaboration. While inspiration was drawn from past completed homes, floor plans, and original concepts, their design is wholly one-of-a-kind.

The couple’s timber frame and SIP (Structural Insulated Panels) roof and walls are all currently being manufactured. When manufacturing is complete, all elements will be sent to Rich and Crystal’s lakeside location, and the construction process for their long awaited dream home will commence.


Follow PrecisionCraft on Facebook for progression photos of this custom timber frame Laurette Chateau.