Log Wall-type Construction Patents (Class 52/233)
  • Patent number: 10518477
    Abstract: A system and method for fabricating and installing structure siding with the appearance of logs fashioned from at least one mold configured from digital scans of existing logs of an antiquated log cabin is described. The process facilitates the reuse of scans amounting to digital files representing an existing log cabin structure. Via the system, staff members may craft a recreation of the façade of an existing log cabin numerous times on modern homes without the removal of the original logs, taking out all unwanted imperfections of the existing log cabin structure. A high-definition metrology grade scanner is preferably employed to capture the appearance of the existing log cabin in great detail such that molds may be formed to facilitate its reproduction. Composite façades may be created based on scans of logs derived from a variety of existing log cabins to create a new design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Travis Edward Williamson
  • Patent number: 9605431
    Abstract: A timber joist is provided, which includes first and second flanges connected together by a web, the web being structurally integral with the flanges. Both flanges comprise timber poles. The web inserts into the first and second flanges a sufficient distance so as to provide resistance to longitudinal splitting or cracking of the timber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: LOGGO IP PTY LTD
    Inventors: Patrick Thornton, Peter Blair
  • Patent number: 9428926
    Abstract: A prefabricated building includes a sheet folded to form a structural member defining an interior space. The structural member defines an upper guide hole that extends from the interior space of the structural member to the exterior of the structural member, and a lower guide hole that extends from the interior space of the structural member to the exterior of the structural member. The prefabricated building also includes a guide member that is fixed relative to a foundation. The structural member is aligned so that the guide member passes through the upper guide hole and the lower guide hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: Richard H. Kramer
  • Patent number: 9322181
    Abstract: Simulated log siding is formed of an engineered cementitious composite. Single or dual flanges on each log piece is used to apply siding units to a surface. Some siding members are molded into a three dimensional configuration to appear as a structural wood log. Individual end pieces and molded tail clusters when used with the siding provide the appearance of the characteristic stacked or staggered corners of a log structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Concrete Log Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Cook, Stewart K. Hansen, Robert L. Whitson
  • Patent number: 9308665
    Abstract: A method of preparing a log comprising scanning the log, matching the scanned log to a virtual log, generating a cutting profile for the scanned log from the matched virtual log and cutting the log in accordance with the generated cutting profile. A method for preparing a log structure including a plurality of logs. The method comprising scanning the logs, generating a cutting profile associated with each log, cutting each of the logs according to the associated cutting profile and, assembling the log structure with the cut logs. A system for preparing logs, the system comprising a scanning subsystem, a machining subsystem and, a CAD design subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Dusko Ballmer
  • Patent number: 9284736
    Abstract: The invention relates to a composite siding system with interlaced end-grain corner configuration that more accurately simulates the appearance of solid or shaped wood log siding. The invention provides for a series of alternating horizontal siding elements which may be joined to a pre-constructed structure utilizing an improved interlaced end-grain corner configuration. The inventive technology specifically describes a composite siding panel system with an improved interlaced end-grain corner configuration having an internally securable fitted corner joint connection. Additionally, the invention describes a composite siding panel system with a false chinking joint as well as modifications to mitigate moisture expansion type joint damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventor: Gunter Preuss
  • Patent number: 8973320
    Abstract: An assembly for integrating an elongate structural member such as a post or a beam, and one or more panels is provided. The elongate structural member includes a notch defined within the elongate structural member. The notch includes a base surface and two side surfaces at opposite ends of the base surface. At least one of the side surfaces is tiered, with the tiered side surface including an inner portion and an outer portion that are substantially parallel to each other. The inner portion is substantially perpendicular and is adjacent to the base surface. The outer portion is offset from the inner portion and is positioned further away from the other side surface compared to the inner portion. A first panel is positioned within the notch and in contact with at least the base surface and the inner portion of the tiered surface. A second panel may also be positioned within the notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Trinity Post and Panel Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Edward Creighton Harper
  • Publication number: 20150040497
    Abstract: The composite log module can have an elongated structural shell having a first set parallel walls rigidly interconnected with a second set of parallel walls perpendicular to the first set of parallel walls, the interconnected walls enclosing an elongated cavity housing a core having thermal insulation material, and two opposite mating outer surfaces associated with the first set of parallel walls for stacking identical ones of the composite log, and two sides associated with the second set of parallel walls, the walls each having a structural engineered material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Benoit Lessard
  • Patent number: 8950130
    Abstract: Techniques for building construction using fabricated timbers. In one example, such timbers are fabricated using conventional 2× (two-by) lumber to produce a square log appearance. These fabricated timbers are stacked to form outside and/or inside walls. The fabricated timbers and walls are configured to sustain desired vertical and lateral loads anticipated of a building such as a cabin, home, garage, barn, office building, or the like. A building constructed using such timbers appears to be built of square logs. Fabricated timber construction, as compared to conventional log or stick-frame construction, provides the appearance of high-quality log construction at a far lower cost, with higher R-values and appraised values, and is also far lower in cost and much simpler than conventional stick-frame construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: John Daines Chadwick
  • Patent number: 8910454
    Abstract: A timber joist comprising first and second flanges connected together by a web, the web being structurally integral with the flanges. Both flanges comprise timber poles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Loggo IP Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: Patrick Thornton, Peter Blair
  • Patent number: 8789325
    Abstract: A wall assembly (1) for the construction of a wall element (14), wherein accumulation of the shrinkage heights of the different beams to form a major shrinkage for every wall element (14) is avoided, having two profiles (3) extending substantially vertically, two beams (2), stacked one on top of the other and extending substantially horizontally between the two profiles (3) and that have at each end a positioning end (6) that has a smaller height than the respective beam (2), and two positioning elements (4) for very two beams (2) that can be secured to a profile (3) such that each positioning element (4) extends substantially between the positioning ends (6) of two beams (2) stacked one on top of the other and the upper one of these beams (2) stacked one on top of the other is supported on this positioning element (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Verhaeghe Chalets & Sauna NV
    Inventor: Thomas Daniel Antoon Verhaeghe
  • Patent number: 8701364
    Abstract: A log for a log home has a plurality of pockets formed within the body of the log. The pockets are filled with foam to enhance the thermal rating of the log. A slot is provided between adjacent pockets to provide a thermal break.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Ronald A. Wrightman
  • Patent number: 8695295
    Abstract: A timber structural member is provided. The structural member includes a first timber round having a first cooperating surface extending longitudinally along the length thereof, and a second timber round having a second cooperating surface extending longitudinally along the length thereof. The first cooperating surface is shaped to cooperate with the second cooperating surface and the two timber rounds are secured together to form a structurally integral unit in which the first cooperating surface is in contact with the second cooperating surface and the first timber round is substantially parallel to the second timber round. The first timber round is secured to the second timber round by a plurality of fasteners spaced along the length of the member, the plurality of fasteners including fasteners provided at both acute and obtuse angles from a longitudinal axis of the structural member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventors: Patrick Thornton, Peter Blair
  • Publication number: 20140090318
    Abstract: Simulated log siding is formed of an engineered cementitious composite. Single or dual flanges on each log piece is used to apply siding units to a surface. Some siding members are molded into a three dimensional configuration to appear as a structural wood log. Individual end pieces and molded tail clusters when used with the siding provide the appearance of the characteristic stacked or staggered corners of a log structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Concrete Log Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Cook, Stewart K. Hansen, Robert L. Whitson
  • Patent number: 8667751
    Abstract: The invention relates to a set of building elements comprising a first type of element (1, 1?) provided with connecting members on four faces and designed to be stacked and butted together with at least one other element of the same type. The invention also comprises: at least one second type of element (24) designed to be attached to a flat surface and to form a base for receiving the first-type elements (1, 1?), and a third type of element (42) formed by cables capable of removably connecting the first-type elements (1, 1?) to the second-type elements (24) under tension. Each cable (42) is inserted into a space defined between at least two walls of at least one element (1, 1?) of the first type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Wood Way
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Ladvie
  • Patent number: 8662120
    Abstract: A method for assembling massive parts that are useful for building wooden chalets or houses including timbers that are built in two by two, three by three, or four by four, connected through dovetailing, and, optionally, by gluing them together, to obtain massive laminated timber blocks. These massive laminated timber blocks can be filled to form panels. This method improves a process for forming massive wood parts, where assembling the timbers in the form of dove-tails allows the production of several depths without any limitation of length, since the additions are achieved according to an arrangement in quincunx.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventors: Jim Riviere, Alain Florentin Mandoce
  • Patent number: 8615963
    Abstract: A building structure comprises a post having a vertically extending longitudinal face. A plurality of horizontal logs extends from said longitudinal face and has an end face in abutment with said longitudinal face. The post having an undercut channel in said longitudinal face and extends along said post. At least one of said end faces has a recess aligned with said undercut channel, and a spline assembly extends between said post and said log to secure said log to said post. The spline assembly includes a key located in and extends between said channel and said recess and an insert in one of said undercut channel and said recess. The insert co operates with said key to facilitate relative sliding movement therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Robert A. Wrightman
  • Patent number: 8601761
    Abstract: Techniques for building construction using fabricated timbers. In one example, such timbers are fabricated using conventional 2× (two-by) lumber to produce a square log appearance. These fabricated timbers are stacked to form outside and/or inside walls. The fabricated timbers and walls are configured to sustain desired vertical and lateral loads anticipated of a building such as a cabin, home, garage, barn, office building, or the like. A building constructed using such timbers appears to be built of square logs. Fabricated timber construction, as compared to conventional log or stick-frame construction, provides the appearance of high-quality log construction at a far lower cost, with higher R-values and appraised values, and is also far lower in cost and much simpler than conventional stick-frame construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: John Daines Chadwick
  • Patent number: 8567139
    Abstract: A building wall or roof is formed of tubular structural members arranged in parallel, planar, spaced-apart relation. Saddle-shaped structural members having strengthening portions are respectively mounted on the tubular members with a clearance space, and thermal and/or acoustical insulation is interposed in the clearance space between the strengthening portions and the tubular members. As compared to conventional tubular log structures, the resulting wall or roof is resistant to horizontal forces generated by the wind or earthquakes and is faster and easier to construct and, furthermore, considerably better performing in terms of thermal and acoustic insulation without having to increase its thickness on an otherwise proportionate basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Alejandro Stein
  • Patent number: 8555575
    Abstract: For use in a building having a roof and a wall each formed of hollow logs, wherein the wall has an uppermost horizontal log, a device is provided for connecting the roof to the wall. The device has a connector for connection to an end of a roof log, a saddle for mounting on the wall log and spreading the roof load over a wide area of the wall log, and a plate for securing the connector to the saddle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Alejandro Stein
  • Publication number: 20130186022
    Abstract: A log for a log home has a plurality of pockets formed within the body of the log. The pockets are filled with foam to enhance the thermal rating of the log.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventor: Ronald A. WRIGHTMAN
  • Publication number: 20130081343
    Abstract: Techniques for building construction using fabricated timbers. In one example, such timbers are fabricated using conventional 2× (two-by) lumber to produce a square log appearance. These fabricated timbers are stacked to form outside and/or inside walls. The fabricated timbers and walls are configured to sustain desired vertical and lateral loads anticipated of a building such as a cabin, home, garage, barn, office building, or the like. A building constructed using such timbers appears to be built of square logs. Fabricated timber construction, as compared to conventional log or stick-frame construction, provides the appearance of high-quality log construction at a far lower cost, with higher R-values and appraised values, and is also far lower in cost and much simpler than conventional stick-frame construction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventor: John Daines Chadwick
  • Publication number: 20130055668
    Abstract: Simulated log siding is formed of an engineered cementitious composite. Single or dual flanges on each log piece is used to apply siding units to a surface. Some siding members are molded into a three dimensional configuration to appear as a structural wood log. Individual end pieces and molded tail clusters when used with the siding provide the appearance of the characteristic stacked or staggered corners of a log structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: CONCRETE LOG SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Concrete Log Systems, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8387338
    Abstract: A method of making siding for attachment to a frame of a building. The siding has the appearance of antique hewn wood logs, and the siding includes modular lengthwise sections and corner modular sections of reinforced concrete façade logs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventor: Walter Smith
  • Patent number: 8371080
    Abstract: A building structure comprises a post having a vertically extending longitudinal face. A plurality of horizontal logs extends from said longitudinal face and has an end face in abutment with said longitudinal face. The post having an undercut channel in said longitudinal face and extends along said post. At least one of said end faces has a recess aligned with said undercut channel, and a spline assembly extends between said post and said log to secure said log to said post. The spline assembly includes a key located in and extends between said channel and said recess and an insert in one of said undercut channel and said recess. The insert co operates with said key to facilitate relative sliding movement therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventor: Robert A. Wrightman
  • Publication number: 20130008107
    Abstract: A simulated log structure is provided. The simulated log structure is made up of a plurality of structural elements wherein each structural element is composed of a plurality of exterior simulated log elements and a plurality of interior log elements. The exterior simulated log elements simulate the appearance of wooden logs and are made from composite materials such as but not limited to concrete, plastic, wood fiber, resin, composite of fiberglass, polyurethane, polymer and/or polymer concrete, and so on, to withstand the natural elements. The interior log elements are made of real wood to provide owners the authentic feel of living in a real log structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventor: Dina Herman
  • Publication number: 20130000233
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is described for applying a siding or facing to an internal or external surface of a wall, enclosure, or other building construction to simulate a solid debarked log wall construction that includes varying diameter non-uniform logs. The invention further pertains to a lightweight yet rigid assembly that closely resembles at least a portion of a solid debarked log and includes longitudinal segments that may be coupled together to a backing material to create a siding or facing that simulates the exterior of a log whose circumference may be varied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: GRAND LOG HOMES LLC
    Inventors: Richard Mizia, Charles Mizia
  • Patent number: 8341898
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is described for applying a siding or facing to an internal or external surface of a wall, enclosure, or other building construction to simulate a solid debarked log wall construction that includes varying diameter non-uniform logs. The invention further pertains to a lightweight yet rigid assembly that closely resembles at least a portion of a solid debarked log and includes longitudinal segments that may be coupled together to a backing material to create a siding or facing that simulates the exterior of a log whose circumference may be varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Grand Log Homes LLC
    Inventors: Richard Mizia, Charles Mizia
  • Publication number: 20120317907
    Abstract: A log for a log home has a plurality of pockets formed within the body of the log. The pockets are filled with foam to enhance the thermal rating of the log. A slot is provided between adjacent pockets to provide a thermal break.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: Ronald A. Wrightman
  • Patent number: 8302355
    Abstract: Simulated log siding is formed of an engineered cementitious composite. Single or dual flanges on each log piece is used to apply siding units to a surface. Some siding members are molded into a three dimensional configuration to appear as a structural wood log. Individual end pieces and molded tail clusters when used with the siding provide the appearance of the characteristic stacked or staggered corners of a log structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Concrete Log Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Cook, Stewart K. Hansen, Robert L. Whitson
  • Patent number: 8281528
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing a plurality of wall members together to define a wall. The apparatus includes a base portion having a stud extending upwardly therefrom, the base portion configured to engage a surface of a first wall member. The apparatus also includes a first securing member sized and shaped to engage with a surface of a second wall member stacked above the first wall member. The apparatus also includes a first coupling member configured to extend through a bore in the first and second wall members. The first coupling member has an elongate rod member having an upper end and a lower end, and a coupler on the lower end of the rod member, the coupler being sized and shaped to receive the stud member therein. The upper end of the rod member is configured to be coupled to the first securing member for biasing the first and second wall members together to inhibit the formation of undesired spaces therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Pointblank Design Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory A. Clarke
  • Patent number: 8245476
    Abstract: A system of fastening elements that attach to the building surface, including a backband with cambered support surfaces and catches, to support vinyl log siding slats with interlocking edges, and provide a log appearance to the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Vladimir Sergounine
  • Publication number: 20120198781
    Abstract: A building structure comprises a post having a vertically extending longitudinal face. A plurality of horizontal logs extends from said longitudinal face and has an end face in abutment with said longitudinal face. The post having an undercut channel in said longitudinal face and extends along said post. At least one of said end faces has a recess aligned with said undercut channel, and a spline assembly extends between said post and said log to secure said log to said post. The spline assembly includes a key located in and extends between said channel and said recess and an insert in one of said undercut channel and said recess. The insert co operates with said key to facilitate relative sliding movement therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: Robert A. Wrightman
  • Patent number: 8225565
    Abstract: Interior insulation slots cut vertically through natural logs align to form a full wall interior insulation space within the stacked natural log wall. A plank cut out of the interior of each log is used in the interior structure of the building. Solid ends of the logs form corners with intersecting walls. Structural metal posts within the interior insulation space bind the logs together. Foam and vapor barrier insulation fill the interior insulation space. Only the curved natural log surfaces are exposed on the exterior and interior walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Inventor: Jesse Barton Cox
  • Patent number: 8215082
    Abstract: A substantially flat roof has elongated log-shaped members arranged horizontally in adjacent, side-by-side relation. Each log-shaped member has a contoured upper surface, and the contoured upper surfaces of adjacent members define a space between them that tapers from a maximum width at the highest elevation of the contoured surfaces to a minimum width where the contoured surfaces of adjacent log-shaped members are closest together. Elongated inserts are arranged between the contoured upper surfaces. Each insert has a wide portion that abuts an adjacent pair of the contoured upper surfaces at a relatively high elevation, and tapers to a narrow portion that abuts the contoured surfaces at a relatively low elevation substantially at the ends of the adjacent pair of log-shaped members. Rain falling on the roof drains by gravity from the contoured upper surfaces to the inserts and along the inserts towards their narrow portions and falls from the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: Alejandro Stein
  • Patent number: 8171683
    Abstract: A log is provided that has a pair of oppositely directed faces, one of the faces having a pair of tongues separated by a channel and the other face having a pair of grooves separated by a ridge. The tongues, grooves, ridge and channel respectively are dimensioned so as to inter-engage when logs are placed one on top of another. The base of the channel is spaced from the end face of the ridge to accommodate a pair of seals that are maintained laterally spaced apart in the channel so as to define an air space therebetween. A thermal break is thus provided between the seals in the channel to inhibit conduction of heat through the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Inventors: Robert A. Wrightman, Ronald A. Wrightman
  • Patent number: 8171688
    Abstract: A wooden building element for producing planar constructions, especially for constructing the upright walls of a building. Also, a corner building element adapted to the wooden building element and to a building constructed using the elements. The wooden building elements have two approximately rectangular support bases and two wall panels that are approximately equal in area. The support bases are maintained at a distance from each other by a plurality of supports that are aligned vertically in relation to the finished building and that delimit an interior compartment for the insertion of insulating material and building installations. The wall panels are fastened to the outer surfaces of the support bases and are set off therefrom in relation to longitudinal edges that are aligned approximately horizontally to the finished building and high edges that are aligned approximately vertically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Junker Holding GmbH
    Inventor: Dieter Junker
  • Patent number: 8122657
    Abstract: Hollow metal “logs” each extending usually horizontally are arranged in adjacent, parallel, spaced-apart relation to form, or be part of, a wall or roof. Rigid insulating members are inserted between the logs. Each insulating member is shaped to fit around a log on either side of the insulating member. Each insulating member has a pair of outer faces respectively on either side of the wall or roof and lying substantially in respective planes parallel to the axes of the logs. The insulating members abut one another and collectively surround the logs and insulate the wall or roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Alejandro Stein
  • Publication number: 20120036802
    Abstract: For use in a building having a roof and a wall each formed of hollow logs, wherein the wall has an uppermost horizontal log, a device is provided for connecting the roof to the wall. The device has a connector for connection to an end of a roof log, a saddle for mounting on the wall log and spreading the roof load over a wide area of the wall log, and a plate for securing the connector to the saddle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventor: Alejandro Stein
  • Publication number: 20120031025
    Abstract: Interior insulation slots cut vertically through natural logs align to form a full wall interior insulation space within the stacked natural log wall. A plank cut out of the interior of each log is used in the interior structure of the building. Solid ends of the logs form corners with intersecting walls. Structural metal posts within the interior insulation space bind the logs together. Foam and vapor barrier insulation fill the interior insulation space. Only the curved natural log surfaces are exposed on the exterior and interior walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventor: Jesse Barton Cox
  • Patent number: 8099917
    Abstract: A U-shaped rigidifying member cooperates with parallel metal “logs” each usually extending horizontally. A curved portion of the U wraps halfway around a first log, and first and second legs respectively descend in parallel from opposite sides of the curved portion. The legs are substantially tangent to a second log. This structure is repeated with the U-shaped members overlapping and inverted or otherwise oriented to shed rain, and forms all or part of a wall or sloping roof of a building. The U-shaped members are secured to each other and to the logs to form a continuous structural ensemble that is aesthetically pleasing, even without additional interior and exterior sheathing. It is moreover strong and highly resistant to an external force having a horizontal component parallel to the plane of the wall or roof. The rigidifying members can alternatively be J-shaped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Inventor: Alejandro Stein
  • Patent number: 8074413
    Abstract: A foundation for a building superstructure has a number of hollow foundation tubes laid horizontally on the ground and susceptible to degradation over time by contact with the ground. Each tube is protected by one or both of the following: (1) a reinforcement housed within the tube, shaped conformably to the interior of the tube, and resistant to degradation by contact with the ground; and (2) a membrane surrounding the tube, shaped conformably to the exterior of the tube, and resistant to degradation by contact with the ground. The tubes are arranged to form the footprint of a small building. In completing the building superstructure, other tubes, which need not have the same protection, are stacked on the foundation tubes. Degradation of the foundation tubes over time because of their contact with the ground is rendered inconsequential by the reinforcement or prevented by the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Alejandro Stein
  • Publication number: 20110283639
    Abstract: A timber structural member is provided. The structural member includes a first timber round having a first cooperating surface extending longitudinally along the length thereof, and a second timber round having a second cooperating surface extending longitudinally along the length thereof. The first cooperating surface is shaped to cooperate with the second cooperating surface and the two timber rounds are secured together to form a structurally integral unit in which the first cooperating surface is in contact with the second cooperating surface and the first timber round is substantially parallel to the second timber round. The first timber round is secured to the second timber round by a plurality of fasteners spaced along the length of the member, the plurality of fasteners including fasteners provided at both acute and obtuse angles from a longitudinal axis of the structural member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: LOGGO IP PTY LTD. IN ITS CAPACITY AS TRUSTEE FOR THORNTON IP TRUST
    Inventors: Patrick Thornton, Peter Blair
  • Publication number: 20110239565
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing a plurality of wall members together to define a wall. The apparatus includes a base portion having a stud extending upwardly therefrom, the base portion configured to engage a surface of a first wall member. The apparatus also includes a first securing member sized and shaped to engage with a surface of a second wall member stacked above the first wall member. The apparatus also includes a first coupling member configured to extend through a bore in the first and second wall members. The first coupling member has an elongate rod member having an upper end and a lower end, and a coupler on the lower end of the rod member, the coupler being sized and shaped to receive the stud member therein. The upper end of the rod member is configured to be coupled to the first securing member for biasing the first and second wall members together to inhibit the formation of undesired spaces therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Gregory A. Clarke
  • Patent number: 8028480
    Abstract: This application describes a wall construction and method of making the same in generally a Piece-en-piece mode. A vertical mortise is provided in adjacent vertical timber members and vertical mortises are cut into the end faces of horizontal timber members expected to be placed between adjacent vertical member. When the horizontal timber members are in place the vertical mortises align and wooden or metal splines can be inserted into the mortises thus securing the horizontal members laterally while still allowing them to move vertically to account for, for example, shrinkage in the wood. By substituting a mortise for a tenon, this invention reduces manufacturing costs and reduces assembly time and costs, as each horizontal timber can be set directly into place without lifting it to the top of the upright timber members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventor: David A. Loeks
  • Publication number: 20110203203
    Abstract: Building members useful to easily produce massive or laminated wooden chalets and a method producing the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: Jim Riviere, Alain Florentin Mandoce
  • Publication number: 20110146171
    Abstract: An elongated timber or lumber member (10) for an elongated, thermally insulating building construction element assembly (20) formed by first and second ones of said elongated timber or lumber member assembled along respective elongated adjoining surfaces (11) facing each other, said elongated timber or lumber member having a first fitting side (13) on a side located opposite to its elongated adjoining surface, said fitting side being spaced from said adjoining surface by timber or lumber of a respective thicknesses, and said fitting side being provided with a tongue or a groove (14A, 14B) to allow a plurality of the elongated, thermally insulating construction element assemblies to be juxtaposed to each other in alignment in a tongue and groove arrangement to form a thermally insulating building surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: Torkel Flatland
  • Publication number: 20110078966
    Abstract: A simulated log structure is provided. The simulated log structure is made up of a plurality of structural elements wherein each structural element is composed of a plurality of exterior simulated log elements and a plurality of interior log elements. The exterior simulated log elements simulate the appearance of wooden logs and are made from concrete to withstand the natural elements. The interior log elements are made of real wood to provide owners the authentic feel of living in a real log structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Inventor: Dina Pauline Herman
  • Patent number: 7841141
    Abstract: Cogging piece (1) for use when notching log constructional elements (2) to other log constructional elements (2) or to corresponding separate log constructional elements (9). The cogging piece is adapted to be attached to both ends of each log constructional element (2) and to the end of each end constructional element (9) that is adapted to face a cogged joint. The cogging piece (1) is provided with lateral (4at, 4bt, 7at, 7bt) and axial (5at, 5bt, 6at, 6bt) inclined surfaces that are adapted to rest against corresponding axial and lateral surfaces respectively of cogging pieces attached to below and/or above intersecting log constructional elements and end constructional elements. Thus an increasing vertical force on a wall leads to an increased axial contraction of the cogged joints in the same wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Isolaft AS C/O Spilka Industri AS
    Inventor: Bjarne Nordli
  • Patent number: 7823351
    Abstract: A stackable insulated unit for wall construction for forming a self-supporting wall structure consists of two side wooden planks spaced apart and secured to one another with an intermediate insulating layer bonded thereto, and a plurality of stud longitudinal sections transversely extending through the insulating layer and being secured thereby. The insulating layer ensures structural integrity of the stackable unit. The stud sections are preferably spaced from at least one of the side planks. The invention also includes the method of fabrication of stackable unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Thermo Structure Inc.
    Inventors: Sylvain Tiberi, Michel Mathon