Log Home Inspection
Kevin R Maynard of Open Hearth Home Inspection, LLC, is one of very few log home inspection experts in the entire United States. He is also a member of the Resolute Arbitration Committee of the Wisconsin Association of Home Inspectors, making him a high demand log home inspection consultant in log building disputes. With so many different methods being used to build log homes and so many specific to log home condition issues that can arise from the non standardized construction methods it is imperative you have a log home inspection completed before purchasing any log home. With any custom or non standard construction an inspection is exceptionally important; with custom log home construction a log home inspection is the due diligence a buyer must perform.
Log Home Construction Expert Witness
Kevin’s log home construction and log home inspection expertise has been called upon throughout Wisconsin and across the nation as an expert witness regarding log home inspection and construction errors. Kevin is often hired by attorneys for homeowners who have encountered problems with their log home builder. Open hearth is smartly employed by log home buyers for pre purchase inspection of log cabin homes to ensure a sound investment in a sound log home is being made.
As a licensed Wisconsin home inspector, Kevin not only has knowledge specific to log homes, Kevin understands the entire log home construction process. The components of log cabin homes are very different than typical home construction. Kevin has extensive experience building all types of homes, particularly log homes, before becoming a licensed Wisconsin home inspector. Having an expert in the construction of log homes as your log home inspector guarantees no log will go unturned. While log home construction presents specific issues for log home buyers, Open Hearth accurately documents all condition issues and even develops a custom maintenance schedule for your new log home as part of the log home inspection process.
Log Cabin Home Builder
Kevin has built log ‘cabin’ homes in nearly every state East of the Mississippi River. With the construction of over 50 log homes under his belt Kevin is as much an expert about the construction of log homes as there is in the log home inspection industry. Kevin has repaired and overseen the repair of many log cabin homes as an expert and consultant. He has built full scribe, hand crafted, log homes. Kevin has built “manufactured timber” log homes, as well as log veneer homes. Kevin possesses intimate knowledge of log homes most home inspectors will never have the opportunity to acquire. Kevin literally ran a log home construction crew building log homes up and down the east coast building log cabin homes from Augusta, Maine to Destin, Florida. In log home inspection, experience is vitally important.
Board Member of International Log Builders Association
Kevin R. Maynard is a Board Member of the International Log Builders Association (ILBA). His Board responsibilities include adapting and voting on new guidelines for log home building, attending the annual conference for continuing log home construction education, networking and keeping informed about recent trends and issues regarding log homes. Kevin is acquainted with most of the top log home builders in the world, providing him with an extensive network of professionals and experts as a resource when needed. He is also a member of the Wisconsin Association of Foundation Repair Professionals (WAFRP), the Wisconsin Association of Home Inspectors (WAHI), the American Home Inspector Training Institute (AHIT) and the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI).
Kevin’s unrivaled experience as both a home inspector and a log home builder, make him the premiere log home inspector in Wisconsin, and one of a handful of log cabin home inspection experts in the country. Kevin also participates in the logger games to keep his skills sharp. At the 2006 conference in Montebello, Canada he took first place in the axe throwing competition, competing against log home builders from around the world! For Kevin log homes are an interest and passion.
Kevin is available to speak about log home construction at seminars. He has been a guest speaker for the Wisconsin Association of Home Inspectors, speaking on the particular challenges involved in log home inspection. Kevin is also an instructor for Home Inspector University, based in Fox River Grove, IL, and the Inspection Training Associates home inspections. Expertise in log home inspection is defined by Open Hearth.