Zook Cabins is committed to guaranteeing your personal satisfaction!

The Zook Cabins Guarantee:

  1. We'll respect your property... We guarantee that we will leave your site as clean as we found it... no trash blowing over to the neighbors, no nails on the ground for you to step on and no lingering building materials cluttering up your property...
  2. We value your time... We guarantee that we will have your cabin to you on the day we promised. Provided your site is prepped ahead of time...and the weather & delivery truck are co-operative.
  3. We'll give you exactly what you wanted...We guarantee that all of the options you chose for your cabin home (shingle color, kitchen counters, doors, etc) will be exactly what you ordered...
  4. We'll never leave you waiting... We guarantee never to leave you hanging. All your phone calls and emails will be returned by the end of the next business day at the latest...
  5. We know how to treat guests...We guarantee that if you stop by our facility, we'll drop what we are doing, show you the choices you have for you & your family...
  6. You'll get exactly what you ordered... We guarantee that your customizable log cabin home will arrive with the exact layout/floor plan/exterior type/style that you designed...

But wait, there's more!

In addition, we stand behind the components of our log cabin homes, with these warranties:

  • 1 year material warranty on everything from the floor to the roof
  • Manufacture Lifetime warranty on our shingles (GAF)
  • Manufacture 15 year warranty on our windows (Jeld-Wen)
  • Manufacture warranty on our faucets (Moen)

"What is included in your packages?" This question is one of the most popular ones we get during daily interaction with our customers. We offer a very complete package right from the start, so the answer to that question gets quite lengthy. This includes things like: complete exterior with log siding (protected with exterior sealer), double-pane insulated vinyl windows with shutters, insulated walls and ceilings, knotty pine interior with polyurethane finish, yellow pine solid wood floors, full electrical system including panel box, breakers, lights & ceiling fans, bathroom fixtures (even toilet paper & towel holders), solid pine kitchen cabinetry with dovetailed soft-close drawers, etc., etc. Even the shipping costs: crane rental, setup costs, are all included! When a package is this inclusive it is sometimes easier to describe what we are not including.

So, what is not included? Even though we try to make a package as complete as we can, there are still a number of things you will be responsible for completing. Some of our customers choose to hire a local dependable general contractor to pull all these details together, while more adventurous folks choose to do the work themselves. See the list of your responsibilities below:

Permits

While our residential structures already include a full set of drawings that has been reviewed to ensure code compliance, the actual acquisition of a building permit and other local building requirements are your responsibility. But since the plans have already had a code review and our portion of the project will be factory-inspected, this process is typically much easier than it is for a site-built structure.

Excavation/Driveway

You will need a local excavator to level the site and/or dig the hole for the foundation. This same contractor typically installs a driveway & removes trees as well if needed.

Foundation

While a small Recreational Cabin can be put on a crushed stone base with a simple plumbing access pit under the bath area, a Home will require a crawl space foundation or full basement. Your final pre-built cabin plans will include a foundation design with every dimension your contractor needs for construction. It can be constructed of your choice of: cinder blocks, poured concrete, precast walls, or insulated concrete forms (ICF). In addition to a perimeter wall, all sizes over 15' wide will require central supports where the two modules come together. This is typically accomplished with block piers for crawl space foundations. For basements a row of steel columns (every 6'-7') can be used, or a steel I-beam with only a couple posts.

Sill Plates & Porch/Deck Piers

After the foundation is installed, pressure treated sill plates must be added to the top of the wall and fastened using Simpson® straps or some other method which lets no fasteners protruding above the plate. Also, porches and decks will need a pier/girder system installed. This is typically constructed of pressure treated wood products (6x6 piers and a double 2x8 or 2x10 girder) and will be detailed on your foundation plan.

Well & Septic

If you do not have an existing water supply or sewer system this can be added before or after the cabin is installed. Remember that on-site wells and septic systems require permits and approvals from your local code/zoning authority. Most times the excavator you hire to do the grading is also able to install an on-site septic system.

Electrical Connection

A panel box will be factory-installed in your log cabin home, but you will be responsible for bringing the power to the panel box. If the panel box is installed inside the cabin a conduit will be provided through the floor or exterior wall for this connection. Or, if you are putting your cabin on a basement, we can temporarily tuck the panel box up under the floor and swing it down onto your basement wall when the cabin is set.

Plumbing Connections

The plumbing is complete inside the cabin, but you need to make the final connections. If your log cabin home is on a crawl space foundation or basement all the water lines and drains will be stubbed through the house floor below each fixture. After the cabin is in place your plumber will connect all these locations below the floor and connect them to your well and septic. A Recreational Cabin on a slab will have all the water lines and drains routed to one location so your plumber can make all the connections from the plumbing access pit.

Floor Insulation

Fiberglass insulation needs to be installed in all residential floors to meet the higher energy requirements. This material is not provided and must be installed after the under-floor plumbing is completed.

Steps

All exterior steps to porches, decks, and exterior doors will need to be installed after your final grading is done. Also, if you are on a basement we will create the stairwell opening, but the actual basement stairs will be your responsibility.

Roof Gutters & Downspouts

We recommend installing roof gutters & downspouts. We do not install them to allow narrower shipping widths and to prevent gutter damage during craning of the modules. This must be done by a local contractor.

Heating System

Our packages do not include a heating system, though we do offer the option of electric baseboard heat as well as a through-the-roof wood stove chimney. Virtually any traditional heating system (including central heat & A/C or radiant floor heat) can be installed by a local contractor.

Appliances

We install all the kitchen cabinetry, counter tops, and faucets — but not the appliances (such as the range, refrigerator, and dishwasher). We find that most customers would rather choose these items themselves. The one appliance we do include is a range hood (and the optional over-range microwave).

Furniture & Window Treatments

And then, of course, there are furniture and window treatments (curtains, blinds, etc.) which are not provided. Decorate your Log Cabin Home with your own unique touch! If you have any questions on the above items, or you are not sure about something that is not addressed here, please do not hesitate to contact us. We have attempted to list all the most common items, but we realize every situation is different and this list may not include every aspect for your project. We would love to help you understand the process!

Our HOME Package Include all of the Following:

Main Shell

  • Floors constructed of 2x10 joists spaced at 16" on center
  • Walls constructed of 2x6 studs spaced at 16" on center
  • Roofs on Settler, Frontier, Lincoln & Pioneers up to 22' are constructed of factory-cut rafters spaced at 16"
  • Roofs on homes are 22' wide and on all Adirondacks & Cape Cods are constructed of trusses spaced at 24"
  • Porch decks are construced of 1" pressure treated material
  • Log siding on exterior is White Pine 2x6 tongue & groove and has exterior sealer applied
  • GAF lifetime architectrual shingled roof (Metal roofs are optional)
  • Jeld-wen insulated windows – single-hung (top sash if fixed) (Double hung are optional)

Insulation

  • Walls are insulated with R-19 fiberglass insulation
  • Ceiling insulated with R-30 or R-38 fiverglass insulation (R-value varied depending on roof system) *** Floor Insulated is NOT INCLUDED & shall be provided and installed by customer

Interior

  • Yellow Pine tongue & groove solid wood floors with durable clear finish (Hickory is optional)
  • Walls & Ceiling finished in ¾" tongue & groove knotty-pine boards with 2-coat clear finish
  • Knotty-pine solid wood interior doors
  • Closet shelving installed

Kitchen

  • Solid Pine cabinetry with full-extensions, soft-close drawers (lazy susans are standard in angled corners cabinets)
  • Wilsonart laminate counter tops (custom colors available)
  • Double-bown stainless stell sink with faucet
  • Range hood (black) is standard (microwave with exhaust fan is optonal)
  • Counter receptacles {GFCI protected}
  • Range electrical consists of (1) 220v and (1) 120v receptable, to operate an electric range or controls on gas model.

Bathrooms

  • All plumbing fixtures {Moen brand} are installed as dictated by floor plan, including faucets & shower heads
  • Rheem water heater installed if shown on floor plan {on-demand electric water heaters are optional}
  • Exhaust fan/light combination in ceiling, light over sink, and 20 amp GDCI receptical at sink
  • Mirror at sink, plus amenities such as toilet paper holder, hand towel rack, and clothes hook on door

Electrical

  • 100 amp panel box with breakers installed – homes up to 15' wide {conduit thru floor for service connection}
  • 200 amp panel box with breakers installed – all homes over 15' wide {conduit thru floor for service connection}
  • Ceiling fan installed in Great Room
  • Ceiling fans in Bedrooms {except for Adirondacks & Cape Cod where a light is used due to lower ceilings}
  • Outside light on porch and at each additional exterior door
  • Exterior receptacle on front and back of each home {2 minimum}
  • Tamper-resistant receptables spaced around rooms {less than 12' apart}
  • Smoke/CO Alarm in living area and a smoke alarm in each bedroom – all hard-wired together

Maintenance Recommendations

To preserve the natural wood beauty of your log cabin, you must re-stain the exterior periodically. We recommend that you stain it within one year of its construction. After this has been completed, you should repeat the process every 2 - 5 years - depending on its exposure to direct sunlight.

The original stain on your cabin is a water-based product. This stain gives you a professional grade finish which is also environmentally friendly. It is designed to give you the characteristics of an oil-based stain but it still has all the advantages of a water-based product. This particular sealer is custom mixed to create our own custom color. If you wish to re-finish your cabin with the original Camger Coating Systems product, just contact us at Zook Cabins and we're be more than happy to work you up a price on the "Cozy Brown" color we used. Visit our log home maintenance page for more tips.

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As alternative products, we also recommend the following:

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All the alternative products are deeply penetrating oil-based stains. The colors are similar to the original product on your cabin. All four stains can be used for re-coating your cabin and provide excellent protection and water repellence.

note: Your cabin color will darken slightly with each application.