Handcrafted Log & Timber

The Caribou Creek Construction Process

Once your project moves into contract, we will begin construction.

Caribou Creek Log & Timber Log Yard

Wood Selection

Every one of our custom log homes, timber frame homes, dovetail homes, log cabins, and post and beam homes begins the exact same way. We use hand-selected, seasoned logs in a variety of wood species. During the building process, our craftsmen choose logs to match the log member they are crafting to keep waste to a minimum. Learn more about our commitment to sustainability and responsible forest management.

Peeling the Logs

The material is brought into our construction yard and hand peeled to remove the bark and leave a nice, clean surface. If your home is a timber frame home or a dovetail home that is constructed using squared timbers, you have the option of hand-hewing or hand scorping the timbersat this time. This has become a very popular texture, giving the timbers the appearance of age and adding unique character to each piece.

A laser level ensures all the stations set precisely | Caribou Creek Log & Timber

Setting Stations

The first part of crafting your log home is laying out the walls of your home in one of our several construction lots here in our yard. The craftsmen take their time making sure every wall is square, level, and plumb. Each corner – and many points in between – is supported by a “station”, which is a temporary footing that is built up to the proper height to make the home level.

A log crafter uses a scribe to handcraft the log walls on this chink style log home | Caribou Creek Log & Timber

Crafting the Walls

Once the first round is in place atop the stations, the wall height progresses rapidly. For a full scribe home, our crafters scribe each log along its entire length to fit precisely onto the contours of the log beneath it.

For a chink style home, the ends of each wall log are saddle notched to fit together snugly at each corner. Similarly, the ends of the beams on a dovetail log home are crafted into a dovetail shape to fit at the corners.

Timber frame homes are constructed to form the structural, load-bearing elements of the home. Traditionally, timber frames are visible from the interior, and wall framing, insulation and siding are added on the exterior of the frame.

Post and beam homes are constructed a lot like timber frame homes, with either round logs and squared timbers. However, most post and beam elements are visible on the exterior and interior.

Handcrafted Log Roof System | Caribou Creek Log & Timber

Roof System

Every Caribou Creek log home package includes a structural roof system. There are several options when it comes to your roof structure, many of which combine several construction methods for an appealing aesthetic design. On a log home, for example, you may choose to place a few exposed timber trusses over the master bedroom for a beautiful focal point. Or you might want to create your roof structure with a ridge log and purlins, or maybe entirely out of round log trusses. Take a look at our photo galleries to see a few of the choices available.

Drilling for Electrical

Every home from Caribou Creek Log Homes arrives on your site with all electrical chases pre-drilled in the walls and the electrical boxes cut. This will save time and hassle for your general contractor.

Window and Door openings in a log wall, beveled and buffed | Caribou Creek Log & Timber

Cutting and Beveling Window and Door Openings

While building the log home shell, logs are left long or “wild”, running into every opening. After the walls are completed, the final window and door openings are cut according your window manufacturer’s rough opening sizes. The logs are are beveled to make a nice transition from the jamb depth to the full log or timber thickness. This bevel also accommodates installing exterior and interior trim around the window or door.

Borate Treatment

Depending on the season and atmospheric conditions, after your log home or timber frame home is completed in our yard the entire structure may be buffed to remove any loose debris or scuffs on the surface of the wood. Then a borate-based wood preservative treatment (Sashco Penetreat) is liberally applied to the bare wood to preserve it against rot, bugs and fungi.

Log Home, Labeled and Disassembled | Caribou Creek Log & Timber

Disassembly & Shipping

At Caribou Creek, we take pride in each of our handcrafted log homes. We make certain every piece that leaves our yard is of superior quality and excellent craftsmanship. We continue that commitment to quality when it is

time to package and ship your home to you. Before the house is dis-assembled, the logs are labeled. Like a giant puzzle, each and every log, knee brace, or accent piece is given a tag designating its placement in the home. We take time to make sure every log or timber member is carefully loaded with web straps to avoid marring. The entire home is disassembled and loaded in order, so that reset can begin immediately with the lowest rounds. The load is then tarped to protect the logs from road dust during transport.

A skilled Caribou Creek reset crew reassembles your log home on your site | Caribou Creek Log & Timber


We are always available to answer all of your questions while your contractor is preparing for the arrival of the log shell. We provide your contractor with detailed information on any special requirements for the home’s foundation, such as extra deep footers for a heavy spiral staircase, etc. We will also supply a list of tools that will need to be onsite during the reset of your home. Every one of Caribou Creek Log Home’s packages includes an onsite reset supervisor who will guide and oversee the entire process – from laying the first round, to setting the last roof purlin. As an available option, we can send down an entire reset crew from Caribou Creek to complete the reset. Caribou Creek’s attention to detail pays dividends by ensuring a smooth, fast reset that usually takes from 3 to 6 days.


Once your log or timber home is set, your contractor takes over the finishing of the home. Some people choose to act as their own general contractor for their log home, and hire sub-contractors to do major tasks. Finish work may include:

  • Installing the roof deck and roofing material over the log structural system.
  • Installing doors and windows. After this point, the home is considered “dried in,” forming a weather-tight shell.
  • Applying stain and chinking to the exterior and interior of the log home.
  • Running electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems.
  • Installing drywall, priming and painting.
  • Installing plumbing and light fixtures.
  • Installing flooring
  • Installing cabinetry
  • Exterior site/landscape work

Our Story

Caribou Creek began in 1989 as a family business started by the three Byler brothers. Since that time, it has worked its way to become a premier builders of log and timber projects in the United States and worldwide.


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Caribou Creek Log & Timber
195 Sunrise Road
Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805


Caribou Creek has more than fulfilled my vision.  Their honesty, integrity, truthfulness and state-of-the-art craftsmanship is beyond reproach.Richard E. McClellanCaribou Creek Log Home Owner
Caribou Creek is a member of NFIB. NFIB represents the interests of small and independent business owners before federal and state legislative and executive branches of government. As a matter of policy, NFIB does not endorse or promote the products and services of its members.
Caribou Creek is a member of the International Log Builders Association

Caribou Creek is a member of Safari Club International, a leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide.

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