Chris Sparks

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About Chris Sparks

Chris Sparks is an architectural designer specializing in residential log and timber homes. Practically growing up on job sites, he has been around construction and on sites since the age of seven (shhh! don't tell OSHA, it was okay back then). After graduating from the University of Tennessee, he began putting his construction knowledge and love of computers to use in the field of computer-aided design. Chris specializes in ArchiCAD. Chris lives in the Knoxville, TN area with his two children.
Give me the red pill. Pretend I never asked for the blue, plug me back in and tell me the steak is juicy.
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What Should I Buy When? – What to buy in September

By |2016-11-30T11:59:52+00:00August 29th, 2014|Builders Corner Blog, Log Home Videos, Log Home Learning, Other Stuff|0 Comments

Our Monthly Guide to Getting the Best Deals at the Best Times - What to buy in September Welcome to September! The deals are starting early this month, with Labor Day already upon us (where has the year gone?). September is a great month for finding some outstanding deals! Not only will you find great [...]

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Energy Efficiency in Log Homes

By |2016-11-30T11:59:52+00:00August 22nd, 2014|General Home Care|0 Comments

Log homes have been around for a very long time, which is a testimony to their durability. When properly built, they have staying power that is second to none in terms of construction. What’s more, modern technologies are enhancing the existing exceptional qualities of log homes and making them even more appealing in terms of [...]

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What Should I Buy When – What to buy in May

By |2016-11-30T11:59:52+00:00May 6th, 2014|Log Home Financial, Log Home Construction, Other Stuff|0 Comments

What To Buy When It’s Springtime!  Warm weather is here to stay for a while, and the kids are anxiously awaiting summer vacation.  This is the month of Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and, of course, Memorial Day.  May is a great month for sales, especially toward the end of the month.  Needing a new [...]

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Renaming Files on Mac The Easy Way

By |2016-11-30T11:59:52+00:00March 12th, 2014|Geeky Stuff|0 Comments

"Otto" - The Automator Doing things over and over? Why?!  Don't!  Geez... Renaming files on Mac  The Easy Way One of the most powerful tools ever created by Apple has to be the Automator.  Have you ever saved 50 files, only to find out your customer's name is spelled wrong?  Or, you forgot a vital piece [...]

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Will My Log Home Settle?

By |2016-11-30T11:59:52+00:00March 12th, 2014|Log Home Learning|0 Comments

Q: Will my log home settle? A: Yes.  This is a question we are asked by many customers.  While the quick answer is “yes,” this doesn’t give the entire picture. First, let’s define what settling is.  According to the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI), “settling is the term that describes the loss of [...]

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Which Log Home Company is Right for You?

By |2016-11-30T11:59:52+00:00March 12th, 2014|Log Home Learning, Log Home Construction|0 Comments

So many choices exist, but which log home company is really right for you? Finding a log home company is easy. Finding the right log home company for you is more difficult, and should not be taken lightly. Ask yourself the following questions when deciding which log home company to use: First, what do they include in their log home kits? [...]

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Glossary of Common Terms for Log and Timber Homes

By |2016-11-30T11:59:53+00:00March 11th, 2014|Builders Corner Blog, Log Home Construction|0 Comments

ADJUSTABLE STEEL COLUMNS: steel post that supports a beam or timber, typically in the basement of our homes. AIR DRIED: process that allows drying to naturally occur. ANCHOR BOLT: steel threaded bolt used to attach structures to concrete or block foundations. BACKFILL: fill dirt or gravel used to fill in around the basement or crawl [...]

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Ways to Detect a Sleazy Salesperson

By |2016-11-30T11:59:53+00:00March 11th, 2014|Log Home Learning|0 Comments

We’ve all experienced these people:  the man who won’t take “no” for an answer, the lady who can never remember your name, the guy who says he has years of experience, but can’t seem to answer your simplest questions.  Sleazy salespeople!  Nothing will turn you off to a product or service faster than the feeling [...]

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Fall Maintenance Tips

By |2016-11-30T11:59:53+00:00March 11th, 2014|General Home Care, Log Home Construction|0 Comments

The mornings are crisper; a breeze rustles through the trees.  Fall is upon us once again.  As our thoughts turn to cooler weather, it is also time to think about Fall maintenance tips for your log home.  Conducting a quick “check-up” of your roof and logs each Fall will give you the piece-of-mind of knowing [...]