Bears Den is a home-based quilting and log home business, operating from a
log cabin near Pierre, South Dakota since 1996.
Our log packages are designed for the South Dakota
prairie. Kiln-dried, double tongue & groove logs with
saddle notch corners bolted together with through-bolts
make weather tight walls. Natural tapered, hand peeled
beams, trusses, posts, and railing add a rustic feel to
the milled full round wall logs.
Many of our customers are Owner-Builders
or Self-Contractors who want to do all or some of the
building themselves. Design and planning assistance plus
on-site technical support from an experienced log
builder makes building it yourself or using a local
contractor and local suppliers an attractive choice.
In addition to our custom log home packages and log
cabin kits, we supply custom true half log siding
and log accents including log beams, log trusses, log
stairs and northern white cedar log railing for rustic
remodels or new projects.
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
Full Log Construction with Enercept
Saving SIP Roof
Full SIP Construction with Half Log
Siding and Log Beams
a dealer for
ENERCEPT Structural Insulated
Panels (SIPs), we are able to incorporate their
strong, super insulated foam panels into the
design of your log home roof system and provide
on-site technical support for the SIP
installation as well.
Full log construction with Enercept saving SIP
roof or Full SIP construction with half log
Enercept SIPs also provide an excellent
strategy for building a super-insulated log home
meeting the criteria for various “Green” and
“Energy Star” construction programs.
Covering the SIP wall panels with half-log
siding and using log beams to support the SIP
roof along with other log accents preserves the
unique feel of a log home and significantly
improves energy efficiency beyond our already
efficient full-log construction, giving you the
best of both worlds
Start the Adventure
To get the best results and provide the best service,
Bears Den treats all log home plans as custom plans.
Gathering information and sending preliminary drawings
back and forth for approval can take several months, but
it's the only way to
design the log home that's right for you. We'll start
with your sketch or one of our log home plans combined
with your ideas. As we go through the process, using
experienced log designers, your ideas, and our log
building experience, the perfect plan will evolve.
Plan deposit amounts are based on the size and
complexity of your home. They usually run from $1.50 to
$3.00 per square foot of estimated living space. The
plan deposit is credited to the log package cost when
the order to cut logs is placed. But it doesn't cost
anything to talk about building and living in a log
home, so call Mike today at 605-224-4423 with any
questions you may have.
Ann Sines is a free-lance writer, artist and
quilt-maker. She creates custom quilts, teaches quilt
classes, paints on cloth and keeps the dogs in line.
Mike Sines is a retired Police
Captain and experienced log home builder working
in the Dakotas and surrounding states.
The business name came from our first Alaskan Malamute,
Bear. Bear was followed by Mato ("bear" in Lakota).
Sophie, his sister from a later litter, was 8 months old
when we got her. Mato was followed by Barney, (a
derivative of Bernard, "bold as a bear" in Celtic), born
April 2010 in Walsenburg, CO
Sophie and Barney
Barney at 10 months
Try out Log Cabin Life in the Black Hills of
South Dakota at Old No. 7
The Erickson log home, located near Deer
Mountain south of Lead and Deadwood in the Black
Hills, was completed several years ago by
Rakow Construction, an experienced log home
builder from Lead, South Dakota. This Bears Den
Log Home now known as
Old No. 7 Place is
available for vacation rentals. Jennifer
Erickson has created a fascinating web site,
"the Building of Old No. 7 Place" with rental
information, a virtual tour, and photos tracing
the entire construction process.
Check it out at...