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This profile was last updated on 6/24/09  and contains information from public web pages.

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Country Comfort Homes: Selling and Building Custom Log Homes, 24 June 2009 [cached]
That led her to Pete Pyles, the Appalachian Log Homes dealer in the Winston-Salem area. Instant karma. These two warm and friendly people immediately hit it off and the best part was that Pete had something special to offer the house hunter: a milled log that could also be hand-hewn as a final step.
"Cathy selected a 6-by-12-inch rectangular log because she felt the profile worked so well on the interior for decorating," says Pete.
Pete was willing to work from Cathy's hand-drawn floor plan ideas. "I'm not very good at that," she modestly claims. "What I sent in was so rough. But I did know where I wanted rooms and windows and things. Pete suggested adding the wraparound porch and a sunroom, since I'd seen the one in his model home and just loved it.
"She's got a full-shed dormer style," Pete explains.
Custom Log and Hybrid Homes | Country Comfort Homes, Inc. in Sparta, NC, 1 Oct 2008 [cached]
Working with Pete Pyles, owner of Sparta-based Country Comfort Homes Inc., the Woods ultimately decided on a customized floor plan from Appalachian Log Homes. The 2,200 square-foot design features four bedrooms-one on the main level and the rest on the second level-as well as a detached garage and large front and back porches. Dormers on both sides of the house expand the living area upstairs.
"People who build log homes are unique individuals, and they're usually looking for something custom, as opposed to the cookie-cutter houses they've lived in for years," Pete says.
"An extended deck and gazebo aren't that common in these kinds of homes," says Allen Lankford of the W.A. Lankford Company, a contractor who frequently partners with Pete to build log homes.
Country Comfort Homes: Selling and Building Custom Log Homes, 1 Sept 2001 [cached]
The couple turned to Pete Pyles, president of Country Comfort Homes, Inc., in Winston-Salem, for help.
Pyles agrees, adding, "Most homeowners don't realize it's a process involving a series of decisions.
Some assume they can rally family and friends to help, Pyles says, but they're often busy elsewhere when it's time to do the work. Finding a contractor to finish in the middle of a project can be costly.
Original image Another common mistake is trying to tie contractors to hard numbers. Pyles warns that homeowners typically lose because contractors may find critical irregularities that need fixing. The best solution: develop a reasonable budget and work on a cost-plus basis. "It's the norm in the remodeling industry, and a good, honest contractor is a win-win for you," he says.
Pyles agrees and says that homeowners can add on to just about anything as long as they're willing to explore different options.
Country Comfort Homes: Selling and Building Custom Log Homes, 1 Dec 2003 [cached]
Country Comfort owner Pete Pyles is an independent dealer for Appalachian Log Homes. Keith and Katrina fell in love with the log home Pete lived in, but what really cinched their decision was that Pete was building a log home for his daughter as well.
"One of the prime benefits of western hemlock," Pyles says, "is that we're able to get logs in lengths of up to 40 feet long. Since the Belton home's footprint measures 30' x 40', no splicing was required. This gives the home a structural advantage and eliminates many maintenance concerns because there are no joints that require caulking. Number one grade Douglas fir or better - - "a very strong product" according to Pyles - - was used for the ceiling beams and roof rafters.
Custom Log and Hybrid Homes | Country Comfort Homes, Inc. in Sparta, NC, 1 July 2005 [cached]
The log home company, Appalachian Log Homes, had a representative in their area, Pete Pyles of Country Comfort Homes. When they saw Pete's own model home in Tobaccoville, they were sold. They would have the same rugged square-cut log and chinking, a style historically authentic in this region.
Pete Pyles got into the log home business, he says, when he decided to build one himself 15 years ago. With his knowledge of construction a commitment to doing things "the best way possible," he offered guidance to the Britts at every stage.
"By using just the heartwood, you get minimal shrinkage," says Pete, "and the chinking we use provides the flexibilty needed to stay weathertight with atmospheric changes."
Pete Pyles, who planned the wiring and plumbing as part of the design process, stresses the importance of location key furnishings before the building starts: "That way, the people living in the house get exactly the functions they need - - wiring in a beam, for instance - - and the workings you don't want to see are hidden.
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