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Table of Contents Welcome. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 BBIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Professional . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Spring Planting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Caring for Your Log Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Update Your Home Safely. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Bitter Root Irrigation Ditch History. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Insider Hints to Design on a Budget . . . 20 How to Change the View without Moving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Message from the BBIA President On behalf of our Expo Guests, Members, Executive Officer Angela Previte, Board of Directors, Family, Friends, and Associates, I would like to welcome you to our 9th Annual Bitterroot Building Industry Association Home and Ranch Expo. Each year is new and different and our Home Expo is no exception. As your local building industry association, we truly recognize and value the role our agricultural neighbors and agricultural businesses play in the Bitterroot Valley, so we are excited that many of them have chosen to join us with our event this year.

Home for the Future . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Choosing the Perfect Hot Tub. . . . . . . . . . 26 BBIA Member Directory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Advertiser Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Expo Vendors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Please enjoy your day with us today and with neighbors and friends! It is our hope that you take something home with you whether that be knowledge, networking, value, or a combination of all. While your building industry plays a major economic role in the Bitterroot Valley and Western Montana, no business can exist without the many home and business owners who use our services locally to improve our quality of life and the quality value of the beautiful valley we consider to be our home. We are truly blessed to live and work where we still have choices! Our skilled builders, building associates and other diverse Bitterroot Valley businesses remain ready and willing to serve your needs whatever they may be. Thank you for attending our Home Expo today and please be safe in your journey home no matter the distance. You are important to us! Dale A. Hanson Western States Insurance 2011 — HOME & RANCH EXPO — 5


PRESIDENT

Dale Hanson Western States Insurance

VICE PRESIDENT The Bitterroot Building Industry Association (BBIA) is a non-profit, membership-based association comprised of builders as well as plumbers, bankers, excavators and a variety of other members whose businesses are the fabric of the Bitterroot building industry. The BBIA is part of the Montana Building Industry Association as well as the National Association of Home Builders.

Pam Spillane Stewart Title of Ravalli County

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Willie Schrock Schrock Construction

DIRECTORS: George Bingham Bingham & Associates

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Join Today A Bitterroot Building Association membership gives you the opportunity to benefit from participaing in BBIA activiteis – membership events and meetings, annual events and the BBIA Newsletter. BBIA members also receive discounts for advertising in our Tour of Homes and Home Expo magazines as well as discount while exhibiting in these events. Once you are a member of the BBIA you also become a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) which offers you political clout as well as a wealth of information and member discounts all just a phone call away. Your membership is also on a state level with the Montana Building Industry Association (MBIA). The MBIA supports a lobbyist who works with legislators to initiate building industry legislation as well as keep us abreast of legislation that may be coming and detrimental to our industry.

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Thank You Home & Ranch Expo Committee The Home & Ranch Expo Committee is responsible for bringing the Hamilton community the BBIA’s 2nd largest showcase event of the year. Thank you for your hard work the past few month to make this event a success.


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Professoinal

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Have you ever wondered what sets professional home builders apart from guys who work “out of the back of their trucks”? Well, the answer is simple and it comes from the word “professional.”


As with most professions, home builders and remodelers who keep up-to-date with new laws, methods and materials can offer the most to their clients. You wouldn’t feel comfortable getting your taxes done by someone who hasn’t studied the latest tax code or going to a doctor who only finished four years of medical school instead of 12, would you? In the home building profession, there are new building codes every three years, in addition to new energy, fire, plumbing, electrical and mechanical codes, all of which come with countless upgrades. There are state-wide, county, municipal and city codes. Professional home builders and remodelers have to be on top of these and take them into consideration when building your new home. Because buying a new home is such a huge investment, one that you will live with for many years, it makes sense to have it built by someone who knows

the latest codes, as well as someone who knows what the newest materials and techniques are, where to get them, and how to use them. Each year there are hundreds of new products available to make your home better and your life easier. Membership in the Bitterroot Building Industry Association is just one of the many programs, certifications and on-going educational efforts that professional home builders and remodelers undertake to be able to provide you with the best products and services available when it comes to your home. For more information on professional home builders and remodelers in the Bitterroot Valley go to www. BitterrootBIA.com or call the BBIA at 406-375-9411. Bitterroot Building Industy Association

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Spring

Planting Are you getting ready?

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Caring for your

Log Home by Susan Behrman, Weatherall Northwest.

The Bitterroot Valley log homes of the 21st century are a far cry from the settler’s cabins that can still be seen surviving here and there in our neighborhoods. Yet authentic log homes, log sided and timber homes still speak strongly to many of us, providing an intrinsic connection to the forests and mountains in which we have chosen to live. They just seem to fit so rightly into our landscape and there is no denying the warmth, comfort and beautiful handcrafted sensibility of a log or timber home. 12 —

Thirty years ago log homes were typically finished with an oil-based product and were sealed with either cement chinking, tar mastic or a rubbery caulking in all the joints. In 1981, an industrial paint chemist and consultant, Glenn Arbuthnot, was presented with the challenge of developing a chinking material that had permanent elasticity, durability and low maintenance. Glenn Arbuthnot’s solution to mortar chinking was a mortar look-alike that was composed of acrylic latexes with sand added. This product became the foundation of modern synthetic chinking. Glenn formed a business partnership with his friend Jim McCain, an aeronautical engineer, and Weatherall Company was thus born. Though Weatherall developed and produced the first acrylic synthetic chinking, PermaChink began producing an acrylic chinking a few years later, followed by long-time rubber caulking manufacturer, Sashco Sealants. These three companies still are the biggest producers of chinking, caulking and an ever-expanding line of products for the log and wood home market.


Today log home owners and builders can choose from a variety of products in a wide array of colors. They may elect to have the sealing and finish work on their home done by experienced applicators, or they can do it themselves with readily available materials and suppliers that are happy to provide instruction in the application. But whatever the products you choose, and whomever you choose to apply them, there are common sense considerations to begin with: If you are going to build a new home, your first considerations will be in the design and siting of your home. Most all log home producers employ experienced designers or you may be working with an independent architect. Either way, please remember that designing the home to protect it from the weather is the critical first step in achieving a home that is able to withstand the elements and require the least amount of exterior maintenance. Your home should be built with large roof overhangs to protect it from the sun and rain. It must incorporate rain gutters and downspouts that will direct rain and melting snow away from the walls. The foundation must be high enough to keep snow from laying against the wood walls, and if uncovered decks are part of your design, place these where they can have the advantage of broad overhanging eaves. Splash-back from decks onto adjacent wood walls is one of the most vexing design flaws in many homes. Tall walls and large windows that face into prevailing winds and storms, or receive a lot of direct sun, are much more vulnerable to the effects of wind and weather. Before your home is completed, you’ll decide on the exterior finish. In the past most all semi-transparent exterior wood finishes were based on plant or petroleum oils. These were of varying quality, but even the best required frequent reapplication. Once again, enter our infamous chemist, Glenn Arbuthnot. Glenn saw that water-based acrylic chinking and caulking were often incompatible with oil-based finishes. The oils left a residue on the wood that the sealants sometimes could not penetrate and adhesion was compromised. Additionally, the frequent reapplication of the oil products always discolored the chinking material that had been so carefully chosen and applied. Weatherall Company developed a system of water-based acrylic exterior finishes in 1985. These finishes were high-quality, non-toxic, durable and beautiful. They provided excellent adhesion with chinking and caulking products. Best of all, the system that Glenn developed called for two coats of pigmented stain product, followed by a top coat of a very durable and UV resistant clear coating. This clear coat did not discolor the chinking and could be reapplied as often as needed in order to maintain the original color coats. Today, all three major log home chinking and caulking manufacturers Continued on page 29

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You’ve made the decision to finally remodel the outdated kitchen and living room of your home. But if you live in a house built before 1978, a new federal law regulating the removal of lead paint will affect your home remodeling project. In 1978, the use of lead paint was officially banned from residential construction. Before that, however, lead paint was used in more than 38 million homes, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Today, contractors hired to do renovation, repair and painting projects that will involve at least 6 square feet of lead-based paint in homes built before 1978 must be EPA LeadSafe certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Of course, 6 square feet is smaller than the average window – which means that pretty much every remodeling job will have to comply with this new requirement.

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The Dangers of Lead Paint For young children, lead poisoning can cause learning disabilities, hearing loss and behavior problems. In adults, lead poisoning can lead to hypertension and high blood pressure. Pregnant women run the risk of passing the poison on to their unborn child.

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It is important that you find a remodeler who is trained in lead-safe work practices rather than try to do the work yourself. Not only that, but it’s the law: Contractors working in pre-1978 homes must be lead-paint certified and must follow these lead-safe practices whether or not there are children in the home – unless the home owner can certify that the house is lead-paint free.

What are Lead-Safe Work Practices? EPA has a free brochure on its website (www.leadfreekids. org) called “Renovate Right” that provides guidance to home owners and contractors about remodeling safely to minimize lead dust exposure. EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovators have been equipped to use lead test kits, educate consumers about the dangers of lead, and use prescribed lead-safe work practices. Your certified contractor should also give you this brochure to familiarize you with specific work practices, including these procedures:

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Containing the work area so that dust and debris do not escape. Warning signs will be posted to keep visitors away from the area and heavy-duty plastic and tape are used to seal off doors and heating and cooling system vents and to cover the floors and any furniture that cannot be moved.

2. Minimizing

dust. There is no way to eliminate it, but some paint removal methods create less dust than others. For example, using water to mist areas before sanding or scraping and prying and pulling apart components can reduce dust. It’s also prohibited to use open flame burning or torching; sanding, grinding, planing, needle gunning, or blasting with power tools and equipment not equipped with a shroud and high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter vacuum attachment; or using a heat gun at temperatures greater than 1100°F.

3. Cleaning up thoroughly. When all the work is done, and before taking down any plastic that isolates the work area from the rest of the home, the area will be cleaned with a HEPA vacuum to remove dust and debris on all surfaces, followed by wet mopping with plenty of water. To find a Lead-Safe Certified Renovator or firm near you, contact the Bitterroot Building Industry Association at 406-375-9411 or visit www.epa.gov/lead.

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Bitter Root Irrigation District

History

It was there they encountered the regions’ Flathead Indian. It was only after Lewis and Clark’s expedition that hunters and trappers began passing through the region. In 1835 a group of Canadian voyagers from the Hudson Bay Fur Company entered the valley in the hopes of establishing trade and extending their power.

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These trappers exposed the Flatheads to the Christian religion. In 1839 a delegation of Flathead Indians, headed by a Frenchman named Ignace LaMousse, went to St. Louis, Missouri with the intention of bringing a priest back to their homelands. So in 1840 the group headed toward Montana with Father Pierre Jean DeSmet, who had agreed to go back with them. He arrived in the Bitter Root Valley in 1841 with Father Pointa and Father Mengarine, along with a variety of supplies. During fall the Flathead Indians assisted the priests in establishing the first settlement in the region, which they called St. Mary’s Mission. In 1850 Major John Owens bought St. Mary’s Mission and all its improvements for $250. Owens then built a substantial fort


[left] Little Giant steam shovel digging the canal for the Big Ditch east of Stevensville, 1908. [bottom] Steam Shovel and crew working on the Big Ditch, Hamilton, 1908. Photos courtesy of the Ravalli County Museum where he ran a trading post, which supplied goods to both Indians and settlers. This fort became the heart around the population’s growth. A few more years passed, and the valley’s agricultural demands increased with the establishment of nearby mining communities, which sprang up shortly after the discovery of silver and gold in western Montana during the 1860s. Marcus Daly, an extremely wealthy copper king, arrived in the Bitter Root Valley sometime in 1887. He acquired an extensive estate, built a considerable mansion, and founded the town of Hamilton. His arrival marked the expansion of irrigation activities in the valley. He expanded the already existing Hedge Irrigation Ditch, and bought the Republican Irrigation Ditch. He eventually developed plans to extend the irrigation system to the east side of the valley; however, the plans were halted after his death on November 12, 1900. The same year as Daly’s death another man became involved with irrigation in the valley: Samuel Dinsmore. He succeeded in establishing an irrigation company known as the Dinsmore Irrigation Company. He hired H.S. Lord to survey the area on which he planned to build his Dinsmore canal. This canal was to derive water from the Bitterroot River’s west fork, on the west bank fourteen miles above Darby, Montana. His plan was to run the canal twenty-two

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of the project’s completion. By 1910 the canal was 80 miles long. Placing a dam across the outlet of the natural lake formed Lake Como Reservoir. The dam consisted of a 2,500 foot long earthen embankment. It was 65 feet above the original creek bed and 50 feet above the original lake level. At the dam’s north end they placed a 75-foot wide, 11 foot deep, reinforced steel concrete spillway. The spillway’s original capacity totaled 2,400 cubic feet per second with an emergency capacity of 8,400 cfs. Upon the completion of the dam the company had invested a total of more than $6,000,000 in this irrigation project.

Flume, east side Bitterroot Valley, 1907. Continued from page 17

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miles along the west side of the Bitterroot River. Here the plans called for the construction of a 4,800-foot pipeline to meet at a point just north of Harland Creek. After six years of planning and surveys, Dinsmore’s finances ran low. In 1906 he traveled to Chicago and successfully obtained investors to assist him with his irrigation project, which revitalized work on the canal system. The company’s capital increased to $3,000,000, and Dinsmore changed the name of his business to the Bitterroot District Irrigation Company. W.I. Moody, one of Dinsmore’s investors, conceived the idea of storing water in Lake Como, and eventually added it to the development plans. However, throughout 1907 and 1908 the project’s construction continually plagued the company with problems. In 1908 the demise of the Bitterroot District Irrigation Company occurred. Bondholders needed to secure the cooperation of the valley’s citizens in order to gain control of the property. When permission was granted, the Bitter Root Valley Irrigation Company was organized, and work on the project’s main canal continued. Under this company, by 1909, 56 miles of canal had been built. The dam meant to help store water in Lake Como underwent significant construction, and the company sold 15,000 acres of land in anticipation

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Their first operation began upon completion of the construction and from the very beginning developers knew the key to their success was an ample water supply. They found this in Lake Como, which is fed by Rock Creek, and the large snow packs from the surrounding mountains. They believed control of the waters in Lake Como would ensure their irrigation project was a success. The company planned to release 700 cfs of water from Lake Como Reservoir into Rock Creek and divert it at the Rock Creek Diversion Dam (a rock-filled wooden structure constructed across the creek) into the Main Canal one mile below the reservoir. The canal passed through steep mountain slopes, over the 4,000 foot wide Sleeping Child Canyon, and continued on over creeks, galleys, ravines, deep gulches, and rocky cliffs. This rough terrain required several wooden flumes and siphons to move the water through the canal to its destination. Even at the start of its operations, the irrigation system experienced breaks in the canal and extensive seepage the total water loss from leakage and evaporation was almost twenty-five percent. Despite this high rate of water loss, the water that did reach the bench lands rapidly increased the agricultural development in the Bitter Root Valley. Thousands of acres of newly irrigable land were purchased by newcomers. These newly settled lands became the subdivisions of East Side Addition, Hamilton Heights, Home Acres, Mountain View Orchards, Summer Dale, Thousand Acres, and University Heights. The Bitter Root Valley Irrigation Company even offered a development plan for undeveloped lands. This plan consisted of a buyer paying $300 per acre for land and


having the company caring for an orchard on that land for five years, after which the company represented the land as being self-supporting. At that point the buyer could either settle on the land or have the company continue to care for the orchard for an agreed upon price.

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Even the sale of project land to growing numbers of settlers could not keep the Bitter Root Valley Irrigation Company out of financial trouble. On January 3, 1916, the company filed for bankruptcy. Although the actual legal litigation in the bankruptcy case took several years, the demand for farm products brought on by World War I made continual operation of the irrigation project necessary. From 1916 to 1920 the landowners, under court jurisdiction, operated the project. When litigation proceedings finally came to an end, the original investors lost close to $4,500,000, and the project was sold to other private interests. These new private interests organized the Ravalli Water Company, and petitioned the court for the creation of an irrigation district. The company’s original petition included the signatures of 594 landowners representing 17,389 acres of land. In the end, however, this company too was unable to meet the project’s financial obligations. It was then that the farmers themselves took over the project.

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In December of 1920 the Bitter Root Irrigation District formed as a municipal corporation under Montana law. When the district finally organized, it consisted of 25,067 acres, of which 18,240 of those acres were irrigable lands. However, this was deemed too much land, and the district was reduced to 16,665 acres. A $600,000 bond issue was sold during the years 1923-1924 under state irrigation law. The district used proceeds of the bond issue to make payment for the canal system improvements. This included adding concrete, installing steel pipes, and replacing about half of the project’s wooden flumes with earth fills. Additionally, they repaired all remaining flumes. Pipelines were replaced with reinforced concrete intakes, and constructed a modern spillway at Como Dam. They also constructed concrete waste ways and siphons at the East Side Crossing and placed new concrete and steel turnouts for the Main Canal. Finally, they overhauled the original lateral system consisting of just over 77 miles of unlined laterals.

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Spend lazy Saturday afternoons browsing the pages of Architectural Digest or Dwell, wishing you had the budget to hire an interior designer to replicate their artistic interiors? Well-designed rooms don’t always have to come with a huge price tag; in fact, designing on a budget may be easier than you think. Many times, by changing small elements, you can give a room an entirely new personality. Sometimes adding a few colorful pillows or picking up a paintbrush is all you need to do to make your room look like something out of the pages of a magazine. One of the most common fixes for a boring room is color. Color is easy to do and inexpensive. Updating the color of just one wall in any room will give it an entirely new feel. Painting, when approached correctly, can be an enjoyable experience with instant rewards. Warmer colors can make a room feel cozier and more inviting. Cooler colors like grey or “stark white,” on the other hand, may give a room a more industrial feeling. Light airy colors open up a space, while deep, darker colors can make a room appear smaller. For the style-conscious, earthy tones such as ambers, browns, and rust are currently popular. Using modern glamour hues such as white and black with a punch of a teal, coral or chartreuse color is very hot as well. In the kitchen you can never go wrong with neutrals, but color is hot right now - not necessarily vibrant colors—although for the right space, they can be fabulous—but think along the lines of buttery yellows, soft sage greens and nearly neutral blues.


Adding accents to pieces you already own can also make a large difference. For instance, if your couch is not as exciting as it once was, try throwing a few fun accent pillows on it. Remember, throws and cushions, when selected as accents, can really bring new life to a tired piece of furniture. The use of pillows, throws and draperies in living spaces enhances a room in many ways. Fabrics also can add beautiful softness to a room and allow additional patterns and textures to be brought into a room. Another budget-friendly change is to rotate the artwork in a room. Using the same frames but changing the images can easily create a new theme or mood, and combining several different frames in different finishes and sizes can achieve different looks. Often overlooked but strikingly effective, updated lighting can work wonders. Lighting will dramatically change the mood of a room. Try installing a new fixture or simply swapping out the shades on current fixtures. Installing dimmer switches can also make for an interesting change. Get excited about the transformation that will occur, usually people become more inspired to continue updating their homes. Take your project one step at a time and follow your gut.

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How to Change the View

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Remodeling Trends Some homeowners are building whole rooms onto their houses. One popular addition is the master bedroom suite. Homeowners can easily convert their old bedroom into an office, media room or spare bedroom—whatever fits their lifestyle. In many cases, remodelors are adding these rooms on the upper levels of the homes. This technique helps conserve land and space. Other homeowners hire contractors to finish their basements. With this choice, they benefit from a whole room of living space without altering their home’s exterior appearance. Many remodeling contractors are working on kitchens and bathrooms. In their kitchens, homeowners want more counter space, natural-wood cabinetry and Corion countertops. The stainless steel, industrial look is also popular in today’s remodeled kitchens. In addition, many homeowners want bigger bathrooms with whirlpool tubs and spacious showers. Most homeowners who choose to remodel want to create the illusion of space. So, they request light paint colors such as white, bone and almond. They also want additional large windows.

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So, you want a new house but dread the mere thought of “the move”? Don’t fret. In this dilemma, you really can have it both ways—just remodel! Too much work, you say? Nonsense. The “do-it-yourself” segment has lost a share of the market. Most people who decide to remodel their homes hire contractors.

A sizeable number of homeowners are ripping up their wall-to-wall carpet and replacing it with hardwood floors. If they can’t have wooden floors, they choose floors with laminated surfaces. Many remodeling contractors add features to homes that make them more energy efficient and “environmentally conscious.” For instance, they can install energy-saving glass windows and skylights. Some are even adding solar panels on rooftops. A good remodel job can help homeowners preserve their environment. So, if you’re considering a change but want to stay put, try remodeling. Believe it: contractors can perform miracles. You will feel like you have a brand-new house, but you won’t have to leave your friends or all the conveniences of your old neighborhood.

ELECTRICAL

SOLAR

Residential, Commercial & Industrial Installation & Design

Installation, Sales & Service

JKL ELECTRIC Jeff Laursen, Master Electrician Victor, Montana

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(406) 274-0687 2011 — HOME & RANCH EXPO — 23


Hope for the future.

Hope comes in many forms.

For Christy, Kyle and Allison Borgen it was a phone call on a summer night in 2009 from excited volunteers sharing the good news – they had been selected as a Habitat for Humanity partner family. They were going to have their own home. A home without mold, with good insulation, and with a reasonable mortgage. That single phone call marked the beginning a transformational experience that would impact the rest of their lives. Habitat for Humanity of Ravalli County’s mission is to build simple, decent and affordable homes in partnership with those in need. The homes are not given for free. Families must truly partner with the organization and the community in order to receive their home. Habitat for Humanity has previously built homes in Hamilton, Corvallis and Darby. Christy Borgen was chosen to partner with Habitat for Humanity to build her home after a thorough selection process that assessed her family’s need and their ability to repay the mortgage. The Borgen family was also required to contribute 500 hours of sweat equity during the building process and, with the help of family and friends, exceeded it by 200 hours. Their home was completed in March, 2010. 24 —

Christy says of her family’s experience, “Everyone gave us so much support during the build, it was one of the most inspiring and rewarding times of my life. I saw people bring food for the workers, help promote public relations and fundraising at a very high level, and give a day, a week, a month and even multiple months of work and time building to make this house possible for my family. “My children and I grew a lot of vegetables and flowers (including a 13 foot sunflower) this summer. The best part was sitting on my porch and knowing we will be here summer after summer to see the flowers, shrubs and trees grow and flourish. The permanence of owning my own home is so reassuring. All my fears of not being able to handle this responsibility have vanished as I continue to receive so much support from my family, friends and community.” “I truly love our house and the stability it’s given us, and the relief a reasonable mortgage has been. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed in any way. I’m excited to see the process through again and again for all the families to come. Habitat for Humanity is such a life changing experience and I’m so grateful we have this organization in our Valley.”


“I truly love our house and the stability it’s given us . . .” There is a significant need for simple, decent, affordable homes in Ravalli County for those living in inadequate housing who cannot afford a conventional mortage. Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to providing opportunities to other families in Ravalli County. They have already broken ground on the lot next to the Borgens’ home and have begun constructing Travis and Vanessa Sanderson’s home. The Sanderson’s grew up in the Bitterroot Valley. Travis works for Swift trucking supplies for one of their clients, Costco. He and Vanessa have three children, Kalhan (7), Jazmyn (6), and Gabriel (1). Their current housing is inadequate. It is cramped, poorly insulated and the rent payment takes up a substantial portion of their income, more than their Habitat mortgage will. Habitat for Humanity’s partner family program provides them with the opportunity to own a simple, decent, affordable home that would otherwise be beyond their reach. As the Borgen’s home did for Christy, Kyle and Allison, the Sanderson’s house will help break the cycle of poverty for their family and offer their children hope for a better future.

The day they were told they had been selected as the next partner family, Travis said, “It feels like a ton of bricks came off of me. This is coming from a truck driver that is away from home. I don’t have to worry about my family. They will be in a safe house. “He and Vanessa are very excited to work on their home with friends, family and community members. All money to build Habitat for Humanity homes in Ravalli County is raised locally. There are no paid staff members. Habitat for Humanity is dependent upon the support of community volunteers for its success. The organization has already received generous gifts of excavation, foundation materials and labor, and a grant for solar panels from the community for the Sanderson’s home, but is in need of much more. The group hopes to finish the Sanderson’s home by June 30, 2011 and requests gifts of labor, money and materials in order to do so. Items such as for lumber, electrical and pluming supplies, and finishing materials will enable Habitat for Humanity to provide the Sandersons with their own home this year. There are many volunteer opportunities are available with the Building, Church Relations, Public Relations and Fundraising, and Volunteer Relations Committees. Community members from all walks of life can help in a variety of ways, regardless of age or experience. Everyone is welcome to help and to be a part of this incredible, lifechanging experience that will provide so many opportunities for this deserving partner family. For more information, please visit RavalliHabitat.org or call (406) 375-1926.

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So, you’re starting to shop for hot tubs,

Choosing the

Perfect Hot Tub By Michael Newton and Jeff Enockson Bullfrog Spas

but where to begin? There are several important factors to consider when looking at a hot tub for you and your family. Perhaps the most important factor is why you’re looking at hot tubs in the first place. Many hot tub owners are simply looking for a great place to relax, soak away the stresses and pressures of the day, and spend some quiet time with their spouse. For tub owners with children, it becomes an opportunity to really have time together. As the family relaxes and distractions fade, you’ll find it easier than ever to really talk and enjoy each other’s company. Almost all hot tub owners enjoy better sleep at night and more productive days with less stress. For some, the hot tub is a necessity for therapy and pain relief. Jetted therapy is beneficial to all, and can be vastly more important when required for pain relief. Don’t be misled by the “conventional wisdom” that more jets equals more therapy. Little could be further from the truth. The placement of jets and the type of jet (pulsing, massaging, direct pressure) will be the ultimate factors in deciding how well your tub can meet your individual needs. Test soaking can help determine if a particular model is a good fit for you. Most reputable spa dealers are more than happy to offer this service to prospective clients. As most top-quality hot tubs can last a very long time, the ability to upgrade or update the spa can make all of the difference should your needs or lifestyle ever change. Size and seating will also be a major factor in your choice. You’ll want to make sure that the primary user or users have seats that fit well and are comfortable to be in for at least 10 minutes at a time. You’ll also need to ensure that you can fit all potential users in the tub, while still allowing for individual bather comfort. To decide this, a purchaser should think about who they will socialize with, how often, and for how long. You’ll also want to make sure it will fit comfortably in your desired location. Most quality dealers also offer no-cost, no-obligation site inspections prior to purchase. That way you can meet with an expert to discuss the best setup and make sure there are no surprises once your hot tub purchase is complete.

Almost all hot tub owners enjoy better sleep at night and more productive days with less stress.

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Low-efficiency will cost thousands over the life of a poorly insulated hot tub. How well is it manufactured? What technology is being used to ensure that it will be trouble free? Is the dealer reputable? Are you comfortable working with your dealer? Will they be helpful with questions and any problems you may have? What is their and the manufacturer’s reputation for warranty service? How strong is the warranty, and does it cover incidental damage? These questions can be answered with a little bit of research, and simply knowing to ask them. Though not as important, you’ll want to consider the options and extras you’d like to have in your hot tub. Advanced cleaning systems, steps, and cover lifters are very common on modern hot tubs. Beyond those, a large array of options such as lighting systems, stereos, and gazebos are available through most dealers. In order to ensure a great experience throughout the life of your hot tub, you need to look at both the quality of the spa and the spa dealer. How well is the spa insulated?

Any hot tub will feel good. Finding the right hot tub for you and your family will ensure that you are able to improve your personal wellness, make the most of family time, and live a more productive and enjoyable lifestyle. With a little bit of research, you’ll no doubt make the right investment, and enjoy it for years with a minimum of work and no worry. Bullfrog Spas, 406-251-1340

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Member Directory A2Z Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 363-0723

Loren’s Carpet One . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 251-2700

All Valley Htg Cooling & Refri . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 363-3526

Lynch Insulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 375-0350

Allegra Print & Imaging. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 363-7645

Massa Home Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 363-1922

Alpine Granite Accents Llc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 375-8406

Meridian Drywall & Quest Insulation . . . . . (406) 961-5588

Bear Paw Woodworks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 777-5388

Missoula Federal Credit Union. . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 523-3361

Big Sky Builders of Montana, Inc. . . . . . . . . . (406) 961-2440

Montana Siding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 360-2794

Bingham & Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 363-5470

NorthWestern Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 542-5953

Bitterroot Stoves & Billiards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 961-1700

Pella Windows & Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 542-3840

Black Forest, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 821-2286

Perma-Chink Systems, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 642-3544

Blahnik Construction & Ready Mix . . . . . . . . (406) 961-4719

Pierce Flooring & Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 543-8224

Bluebuck Woodworking, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 821-3333

Pigman Builders Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 363-3000

BMC West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 543-1712

Professional Consultants Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 728-1880

BN Builders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (206) 382-3443

Ravalli County Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 363-1222

Brosious Carpet & Floors, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 961-3555

Ravalli Republic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 363-3300

Chuck’s Welding. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 961-4043

RBM Cabinets & Lumber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 728-3535

Columbia Paints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 363-2033

Rocky Mountain Log Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 363-5680

Culligan Water Conditioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 721-1991

Schrock Construction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 961-6808

Curtiss Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 961-8371

Sherwin-Williams Paint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 543-5950

D & N Siding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 360-0118

Sierra Pacific Windows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 728-6142

Darby Distribution Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 821-3021

Stevens Concrete Construction . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 363-0758

Dig It Excavating, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 214-4292

Stewart Excavating, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 961-4059

Donaldson Bros Ready Mix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 363-3600

Stewart Title of Ravalli County, LLC . . . . . . . (406) 363-7004

Empire Building Materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 543-4700

Summit Housing Group, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 541-0999

Farmers State Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 363-0030

Sweet Pea Sewer & Septic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 961-3377

FBN Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 961-4990

T Bar V Builders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 777-1359

First Interstate Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 363-0900

Tamarack Construction Co., Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . (406) 273-9821

First Security Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 375-6450

Temp-Right Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 363-4170

Gap West Broadcasting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 363-3010

Territorial-Landworks, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 542-1415

Garber Construction Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 961-4019

Triple Creek Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 821-4600

Ireland & Hamlin Concrete, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 961-5541

Truco Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 961-4990

Ivan’s Roofing & Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 544-1930

Turner Remodeling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 363-2724

JKL Electric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 274-0687

US Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 363-6700

K Design Marketing Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 273-6193

Vann’s Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 363-6410

Kearns & Sons Bldg Contractors . . . . . . . . . . (406) 363-0932

Vintage Construction Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 821-4604

Kinetico Quality Water Systems. . . . . . . . . . . (406) 363-1782

Western Building Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 777-1452

Linley’s Cabinet Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 642-3701

Western Montana Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 543-7166

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offer a low-maintenance water-based system, and most all major paint and stain manufacturers have recently begun offering similar systems. We suggest that you do your research before choosing any stain system, making sure that it is compatible with your caulking or chinking and that it is of highest quality. When it comes to quality exterior finishes, you generally get what you pay for. After application of the exterior stain and clear coat, the next step is sealing. Full log construction requires sealing with chinking along all horizontal joints, plus caulking in corners, roof connections, in bigger checks, and myriad places where air, water and insects can intrude. (Log and timber siding is sealed very similarly.) Even tightly fitted log construction will always benefit from a smaller line of caulking in all joints. The chinking and caulking color range is extensive, either blending with the stain colors or offering a beautiful contrast. Caulking can be either smooth or have a natural sanded texture. You may choose a wide, traditional looking chink line, or a smaller less noticeable line. Either way, the sealant will truly set off the logs and give a finished look to your home.

If you own or are considering buying a log home that needs restoration, do lots of research and choose experienced restoration contractors with many good customer referrals. There have unfortunately been instances when restoration contractors have done more harm than good with their advice and work. Removal of existing finishes or weathered wood with chemicals and sand-blasting need to be carefully considered. It is always best to follow the course that will be least damaging to the wood. Simply put, take care of your wood home the way you would take care of a prized piece of furniture. Weatherall Northwest. 406-363-4262

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more than you expect . . .

Many prospective log home owners express concern about maintenance issues, and (heavy sigh) insects. Fortunately we live in an area where termites are not yet a problem, so termite remediation is very rarely encountered. What we have here are carpenter ants. However, carpenter ants can be considered the canary in the coal mine. The mouthparts of carpenter ants cannot chew up sound wood. Instead they build their nests in soft, moist, rotten wood. If you have carpenter ants living in your home, you have a problem in that area with moisture and rot. When you fix the moisture problem, the carpenter ants will be gone. Cluster flies and wasps are a seasonal problem, most often a problem in the fall when the nights begin to turn cold. These insects can enter through checks that are not sealed, or more often, through roof systems that were not properly designed or built with an insect-proof barrier membrane. If you’re home is well designed and completed with good quality finishes and sealants, maintenance will be relatively simple. Periodic inspections will tell whether it is time to reapply the wood finish, and whether any small areas need additional caulking or chinking.

Victor, MT 406-360-2794 2011 — HOME & RANCH EXPO — 29


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Visit all of our Booth Vendors ABC Seamless All Valley Heating, Cooling & Refrigeration Alpine Granite Axmen Big Sky Builders of Montana Blahnik Construction & Ready Mix Bitterroot Stoves & Billiards Bitterroot Valley Board of Realtors Budget Blinds Bullfrog Spas Coleman Sprinklers Culligan Water Custom Audio & Video Darby Distribution Designer Closets D&N Siding Donaldson Brothers Evans Ace Hardware Ground Source Heating Habitat for Humanity JKL Electric Kinetico Loren’s Carpet One Lynch Insulation MASSA Home Center Montana Department of Labor & Industry Montana Copper Creations Montana Siding Natures Enhancement NorthWestern Energy Perma Chink Systems, Inc. Pigman Builders Professional Consultants Quality Seamless Gutters Quest Insulation RBM Cabinets & Lumber R&R Conner Rocky Mountain Doors & Raingutters RSVP Schrock Construction Servpro of Missoula Sierra Pacific Windows Sterling Savings Bank Stewart Title Sunelco Tabish Siding Temp Right Service, Inc. Tim’s Cleaner Carpets & Restoration TruGreen Town Square Media Tshida Plumbing & Heating WC Quality Structures Western Building Center Western Montana Lighting Western States Insurance


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