"About a year ago my father and I started researching log kit homes. After talking to many kit home manufacturers, we decided on Vanisle EcoLog Homes as we liked the quality of their product, their sustainability and the pricing. We got in touch with the owner, Herman Thöne and started the planning process with him.
Over the next months we met with Hermann several times, either via Skype or in person, both at our residence on Bowen Island and at his home on Vancouver Island. We discussed the details of home building, something my father had never done. Hermann was extremely helpful in every aspect of the project; from assisting us source trades people — in terms of knowing what skills they would need — assessing the lay of our land, discussing foundation options, to working our way through the sometimes onerous task of fulfilling our municipality’s building permit requirements. He was always fast in responding to our inquiries, and once we got to the building plan stage, he made design suggestions and changes quickly and expeditiously. He assisted with budgeting spreadsheets and engineering queries — in short we felt that we had a dedicated partner in our building project.
Sadly, my father took ill and passed away rather suddenly before we could start building, so we never completed his dream home.
Hermann, however, made the whole process not only enjoyable but enlightening and I would highly recommend him to anyone contemplating building a kit home. I look forward to completing this project with one of my children at some point in the near future."
Julia McCaig, Bowen Island
"I love that EcoLog uses logs from forests recognized for sustainability. Choosing EcoLog offered us the design flexibility of a custom home at an affordable price." (Read more about Greg's cottage)
Greg MacDonald, Tobermory
"Hermann recently showed me his new EcoLog Home, and I was very impressed. This well built home is spacious, has a great layout, and is very modern and comfortable. Also, it is a very energy efficient home, it is not like your typical log home of the past. I think that this design will be a popular one for homeowners."
Dale Sheppard, Realtor
"While I don't own an Ecolog Home, I have known Hermann for several years and believe that his integrity is unquestionable and his dedication to providing eco friendly housing alternatives drives him to excel in what he does and exceed expectations. I have no doubt that those who take the time to check out this wonderful housing alterntive will be pleasantly surprised and excited to own a home that will last for generations. "
Stephen Whipp, Ethical Investing
"I really like your design, I think it is a nice balance of rustic and modern, and includes nice clean lines and brightness. "
"You have a wonderful business here...I have been on your website and must say I'm very impressed."
Fiska D., Victoria BC
"Viewed your show home and am totally impressed. I have decided this is what I will build when my property is ready. Thank you Hermann, these homes are amazing."
Lori Lelonde, Victoria BC