You have completed the custom log or timber home design process with M.T.N Design. You have selected your construction solution with PrecisionCraft Log and Timber Homes. Now, it is time for the fabrication and installation of your new custom home’s logs and timbers.
During fabrication and installation, experienced craftsmen, installers, and technical advisors join your Total Home Solution® (THS) team. Your dedicated project manager oversees the scheduling of these team members. Your project manager ensures the seamless continuity of your project from design through fabrication and installation.
The engineered construction drawings generated by M.T.N Design are generally 50-60 pages long. The plan set includes extensive construction details and materials cut lists. M.T.N Design’s production drafting staff review the materials cut lists. They are confirming that the plans include the level of detail needed to properly fabricate your custom home.
For timber materials and milled logs, the cut list detail is entered into PrecisionCraft’s CNC (computer numerical control) machines. The CNC machines precisely mill the timbers and logs to the exacting specifications. For handcrafted log homes, PrecisionCraft’s expert craftsmen reference the materials cut lists as they hand craft each log of your new home. Since fabrication occurs in the same building as design and production drafting, solving issues is as easy as walking to someone’s desk.
The materials cut lists also include information to manufacture the structural insulating panels (SIPs) and insulated concrete forms (ICFs) for your home’s walls, roof, and foundation. PrecisionCraft sends these lists to its sister companies, Insulspan® and Advantage® ICF. These companies manufacture the SIPs and ICFs to the construction drawing’s exacting specifications. Then, the SIPs and ICFs arrive at your build site ready-to-assemble.
It does not matter how well the logs and timbers are fabricated if poor quality wood is used. That is why PrecisionCraft only purchases and uses wood that meets the standards set by the Log & Timber Homes Council grading program. This program is accredited through the International Accreditation Service. This step ensures that PrecisionCraft’s fabrication process begins with the highest quality wood for your custom home.
After fabrication, PrecisionCraft inspects the wood again. First, the wood is examined for issues that may have occurred during fabrication. Second, the timbers and handcrafted logs are pre-fit in the shop before delivery to your build site. If the post-fabrication wood quality does not meet PrecisionCraft’s rigorous standards, it rejects the timber or log. Then, PrecisionCraft fabricates the piece again.
After the logs and timbers are precisely milled, inspected for quality, and fitted together, they ship to your build site. Your dedicated project manager coordinates the arrival of the logs and timbers with your build site’s readiness and the arrival of the PrecisionCraft installation team. This specialized team will install the logs and/or timbers of your custom home. Their years of expertise and experience will save time in your construction schedule, saving you money.
In addition to logs and/or timbers, your PrecisionCraft custom home may include SIP walls and/or roof panels. PrecisionCraft’s install team includes a Technical Advisor who will assist your builder with the SIP installation.
Handcrafted Log Homes
When building a handcrafted log home, the installation team is comprised of the same craftsmen who hand peeled each log and meticulously stacked them in the PrecisionCraft manufacturing yard. Using a dedicated team for the fabrication and installation of a handcrafted log home preserves the home’s quality. It also helps maintain the project schedule because the craftsmen know how each log fits with the adjacent logs.
Final Piece of Total Home Solution®
We have covered how M.T.N Design and PrecisionCraft complete the design, fabrication and installation of your log and timber home. The final piece of M.T.N Design’s and PrecisionCraft’s Total Home Solution is the materials used when building your PrecisionCraft home. The final article in this series will discuss THS’s…
Better Building Materials (Part 4 of Your Custom Home Journey).
Total Home Solution
Over the last 25 years, M.T.N Design and PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes have developed the Total Home Solution® (THS), a unique approach to designing and building your custom log and timber home. THS® offers you peace of mind, a streamlined design and construction process, and limits the costly effects of transitioning your project between vendors because one team works on your home from start to finish.
M.T.N Design starts this process by designing your custom home, and the PrecisionCraft team completes the manufacturing and installation of your home’s shell. This shell includes the log and/or timber frame structure, structural insulated panel (SIP) envelope, and the insulated concrete forms (ICFs) used in the foundation. PrecisionCraft also offers several construction solutions to easily meet your needs.