We are looking at a log house near Abilene, KS. We like the house a lot, but we are concerned about a couple of things. First, it has been painted. Second, the north side of the house has obviously been repaired. Spots have been filled with a spongy filler. In addition, some logs have areas covered with metal. Structurally everything seems sound. No signs of sagging or settling. Should we just walk away? Sale price of house seems good, but is it going to be a money pit?
Sounds like it needs extensive log replacement. Any of these areas that have foam filler or are covered with metal are rotten. What you can visually see and tell is rotten by tapping on the logs is probably only 2/3 to half of the true rot. Log replacement can run any where from $60 per foot to $100+ per foot depending on the type of log. Not sure what the finish is like but it sounds like it will need to be stripped and re-stained also. Call Mike at 866-670-3020 for more help.