IMPORTANT NOTE: This Online University Course is made up of 4 separate installments. Access can be purchased in part or as a whole. This Online University is different from our Virtual University currently held as part of our 2021 Budget to Build It Workshop Series which consists of a 2 Hour Presentation with a 30 minute post Virtual University Q&A. For more details on our Budget to Build It Virtual University Course, visit https://www.thelogandtimbershow.com/university/
The Log & Timber Online University
Whether you’re in the planning phase, the design phase, or the construction phase, the Log & Timber Online University courses will help make your dream a reality.
We originally launched Log and Timber Home University (previously known as the Log Home Living Seminars) in 1985 as a solo class that was presented across the country. It eventually merged with the Log & Timber Home Show to provide additional educational opportunities for Show Attendees. We’re adding this online edition to help buyers who can’t come to an in-person show and, for live show attendees, this series is a great way to reinforce what you’ve learned or prep for your in-person course.
The Online University is divided into four easy-to-follow courses that will guide you through each of the major phases of the dream home process: planning, design, construction and upkeep.
With helpful 5+ hours of video lessons, worksheets and questionnaires, and the ability to interact in our private Facebook group, you’ll be well on your way to living in your dream log or timber home!
Alex Charvat is a Professional Engineer licensed in multiple states. He has worked as a forester in the Pacific Northwest, has engineered and designed hundreds of log homes ranging from $20,000 cabins to $18 million ranches. He is the engineer of record for NAHB’s Log Home, Log Grading program and is also the engineer of record for over 30 threaded fasteners used in log home and residential construction, many found at big box stores. He’s hosted his own log cabin renovation show on DIY network called Cabin Rescue and has consulted on log cabin renovations featured on HGTV. He is the owner of Alexander Structures, Inc., based in Conifer, CO. His company has been in business since 2002. (www.alexanderstructures.com) Alex holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest Science and a Master of Science in Agricultural Engineering—Structures, both from the University of Wisconsin.
4 Part Course Details
Planning: This course will present:
- Basics of the log and timber home industry and how it operates
- Building options
- Building a budget
- Selecting a lender
- Finding land and selecting your site
Dream & Design: In this course you’ll learn:
- How to decipher floor plans
- How to design your perfect home’s lay-out
- Room by room considerations
- About price versus quality
- About money saving tips on everything from green design to finishes for high traffic areas
Building: In this class, we’ll help you choose the right supplier and builder for you. You’ll learn how to reduce costs, get bids, negotiate contracts and navigate the permitting process. Discover all the questions you need to ask before you build and what to expect during the construction phase. Worried about foundation issues or if your plumbing, roofing, and electrical meet code? We’ve got you covered. You’ll be able to confidently handle every detail as you go from blueprints to moving in!
Maintaining: In our final class of this four-part series, you’ll learn how to take care of your home and keep it in tip-top shape for generations to come. We’ll cover sealants, pest control, and preventive maintenance tips to implement each season and year-round. Find out which projects you can save money on by taking a DIY approach and when it’s best to call in a pro. Make the investment to protect your property!