Logs were washed with Perma-Chink Systems' Oxcon (Log Wash was not invented back then) before stain was applied. Shell-Guard borate treatment was applied to all first-floor framing and 2 feet up from the foundation to prevent any wood destroying insects from attacking the house. The house is at approximately 8000 feet elevation and the area gets in excess of 320 days of sunshine per year. In addition, it is not unusual to have up to 5 feet of snow on the ground in the winter. To protect the logs from this extreme exposure the house exterior is coated with two coats of Lifeline Ultra-2 Bronze, followed by a clear protection coat of Lifeline Advance. The transparent pigments in the Ultra provide crucial ultraviolet protection for the logs. Two coats further protect and develop the perfect shade of color. A coat of clear Lifeline Advance protects the tint finish and gives that ‘furniture grade’ ever so slight sheen to the logs.
The interior is intentionally a darker shade of tint than most log houses. This was done to promote the old time feeling of the house and add warmth to the large spaces. Two coats of Lifeline Interior 130 (Dark Natural) were top coated with one coat of Acrylic Satin.
The chinking between the logs is Perma-Chink Medium Grey 224. The darker shade of grey provides a warm contrast to the dark natural shade of the logs.
The Dark Natural develops the color and feeling, the Satin topcoat builds a slight film so that the logs are easier to dust and clean and aids in reflecting light.
The ceiling in the dining room and the media room are a European stucco product from Stuc-O-Flex International. Both are custom tinted – the kitchen is a hand troweled light brown tone that reflects light and warms up the large kitchen/dining space.
The ceiling in the media room is an “old leather” maroon look to provide a stately feel to the high ceiling room and highlight the logs.
The wall in the master bedroom is an “old venetian” style plaster Europlast from Stuc-O-Flex that nicely works with log walls and antique furniture.
Any upward facing checks were filled with a matching tone of Energy Seal (Check Mate 2 is now the recommended product). Upward facing checks can trap water and funnel it into the house – any check, as it twists for the length of log can provide a channel for outside air and insect entry into the house. All exterior log ends were coated with Log End Seal to prevent water from being drawn into the logs.
This beautiful finish has weathered the environment for over 20 years! If you want to see more photos of the exterior click the following link: https://www.permachink.com/photo-gallery/sunlight-estates