Online Education

Log & Timber University Online Education Course

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Log & Timber Home Show is proud to partner with our Online Education Department to provide you with a unique Bundle Package experience! Want to attend an In-Person University & Show, plus receive our ONLINE EDUCATION COURSE as well? Then you are in luck! When you bundle, you save BIG! Add our Online University Course to your In-Person University & Show Admission or In-Person Show Only Ticket for just $59 (A $295 value).

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!

Online Education Instructor Alex Charvat

Instructor Bio:

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. (  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!

Click here to bundle your online education with your in-person show experience for just $59 ($295 value)!

Online Log & Timber University

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