Down Home Log Home Success Stories

Bob and Patsy Douglas of Alma, Georgia

July 13, 2006

Eighteen months ago Patsy and I arrived at my father's estate farm property and immediately purchased a tractor and began clearing approximately 68 acres of jungle (about like the Okeefenokee Swamp) for habitable use. As well, to determine what was underneath and what could usefully be done with the property. It has become a property of interest by most people in Bacon County. Especially when people began to see the bridge (that crazy man) was building over his new pond. Incidentally, last week our first wedding took place on the crazy man's bridge. A young couple asked me if they could use my bridge as their wedding setting and I was delighted to accommodate the young folks.

Since we have been living in our 35 ft. Winnebago all this time, it is a real milestone to see our new log home beginning to take shape. We moved the RV from my cousin's property to a site right next to the new house construction. They wake us up, promptly, at 6:30 in the morning when they begin; however, it is simply 'music' to our ears and fascinating to see them huff log timbers (one-on-one) and stack them up as the house grows.

Patsy and I had bets as to final move-in date....she's already lost. We may be in it by Christmas...we'll see how it goes. The log construction crew does the ruff dry-in construction then my local man will have to do the finish work...floors, any dry walls, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, metal roof, extra decking and log Gazebo, etc. This has been our first attempt at "new construction" and I hope it will be our last. I have also promised to never....neeeever....ever build a bridge, especially in June, July and August in this part of the country! My cousins Bill Deen and Andy Evans helped me get started on the bridge....I don't think they would undertake that again either!

Where did we get the name "Bear Branch Run"? Old Bear Branch ran through my property and what use to be that "run" is now my new pond. Therefore, we have name the log house "Bear Branch Run". Wasn't that easy?

Our best to everyone,
Bob & Patsy


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Log Homes appreciate at a higher rate than conventional structures. The National Association of Homeowners has stated for many years that Log Homes hold their values better than conventional stick built homes- given they are both taken care of!