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  Why Should I Select Cedar Over Other Types Of Wood?
  Can You Build My Log Home?
  Can I Erect My Own Log Home?
  We Have Reviewed Your Standard Plans And Cannot Find One That Suits Our Needs.
  How much can Katahdin Cedar Log Homes customize my home?

  How Do I Wire My Log Home?
  Will My Log Home Require Exterior Finishing?
  Should The Inside Of My Log Walls Be Finished?
  What Type Of Base Should My Log Home Be Constructed Upon?
  As Our Family Grows, Will It Be Possible To Increase The Size Or Add To Out Log Home?
  Does Katahdin Cedar Log Homes Provide Financing?
  Is It Possible To Include Only Certain Materials In Our Log Home Package?
  We Are Relocating To Another State. Are Your Homes Available There?
  Must All Walls Of My New Log Home Be Constructed Of Wood?
  We Like The Easy Care And Energy Efficiency OF Log Homes, But Enjoy Contemporary Styling.
    Can You Design A Log Home For Us?

 

 

 

Why Should I Select Cedar Over Other Types Of Wood?
Simply put, cedar has many architectural and aesthetic advantages over pine and other species.  Blessed with natural preservatives that make it one of the most decay/rot resistant and insect repelling woods available (over 8 times longer life than pine when in contact with the ground).  Due to cedar's low moisture content, it provides minimal cracking/checking that will not penetrate the heartwood.  On top of that, white cedar has the highest "R" value of any wood commonly used in log home construction; a rating of 1.41 "R"/ inch of thickness.  The "R" value of various Pine species used in log home production averages 1.12 "climate friendly" and protects your family against either hot or cold exterior tempatures.

Can You Build My Log Home?
Most of Katahdin Cedar Log Homes are sold through our dealer network, and our dealers can either build the home for you or recommend a competent contractor.  If your log home is sold through our main office, we will be happy to recommend one of several national companies to build your home.

Can I Erect My Own Log Home?
The methods of construction and materials provided by Katahdin Cedar Log Homes allow anyone with "Home Handyman" skills and tools to erect our log homes. Complete blueprints for each building are provided along with step by step construction instructions. It should be noted that certain roof support members may be heavy enough to require extra manpower or mechanical lifting ability.

We Have Reviewed Your Standard Plans And Cannot Find One That Suits Our Needs. How much can Katahdin Cedar Log Homes customize my home?
99% of Katahdin Cedar Log Homes are custom designed.  Almost all designs can incorporate a round log support system called a purlin roof, although there are some limitations.  The standard plans offered on our website and plan book are basic suggestions only. For a more diverse list of plans feel free to search our plan database where you can view over 300 custom designs by specifying your design needs. Our design team would be happy to modify any plan you may find in our database or start from scratch with your own ideas.

How Do I Wire My Log Home?

Exterior log walls should be drilled to accommodate wiring as the logs are being laid. Outlet receptacles are normally located in the third log row while switch boxes are located next to door openings with wires being mortised into door rough bucks. Most construction crews will perform the drilling during construction.

Will My Log Home Require Exterior Finishing?
Left unfinished, cedar logs will weather to a silver gray color. Color density and uniformity will vary depending on exposure and climatic conditions in your area. Most customers elect to apply either some type of transparent stain or one of the several natural finishes available. Your local dealer can offer suggestions and show samples of different finishes.

Should The Inside Of My Log Walls Be Finished?
Though it is not necessary to apply finish to the inside log walls, doing so has certain advantages. A finished wall is much easier to clean, the finish seals the wood making it resistant to stains from oils, grease, and dirt. Also, most finishes, whether natural or containing stain, will enhance the grain and knot characteristics of the wood, making it more attractive. It is recommended that logs be lightly sanded before finishing. Doing so will remove any marks created during shipment and construction.

What Type Of Base Should My Log Home Be Constructed Upon?
In general a log home can be erected on any type of suitably designed base popular in your geographic area. These include concrete slab, pillar and beam, crawl space of full foundation. Your construction blueprints will include specific dimensions for construction based on your desired construction method.

As Our Family Grows, Will It Be Possible To Increase The Size Or Add To Out Log Home?
Yes! Throughout the years Katahdin Cedar Log Homes has provided additions to many of our homes. We have developed methods of construction that allow additions without undue structural or aesthetic interference with the original building. Several additions have been provided for non log buildings.

Does Katahdin Cedar Log Homes Provide Financing?
Katahdin Cedar Log Homes and it's dealer network can provide you with the necessary information on Financial institutions for both the construction and long term financing for your home, such as M&T Mortgage.

Is It Possible To Include Only Certain Materials In Our Log Home Package?
Yes! Katahdin Cedar log Homes offers its customers the opportunity to tell us what should be included in their package. We can provide you with a material check off list so you can tell us what to include. This allows the customer to take advantage of locally available materials and seasonal sales at their local building centers.

We Are Relocating To Another State. Are Your Homes Available There?
Katahdin Cedar Log Homes are shipped throughout the North American continent and many foreign countries. In the event Katahdin Cedar Log Homes does not have a dealer in your new location, contact our corporate sales office in Oakfield, ME for assistance.

Must All Walls Of My New Log Home Be Constructed Of Wood?
Certainly Not! While most customers prefer the natural beauty of our wood paneling for interior walls, many prefer to use other materials to introduce different colors, textures, and patterns. Variations range from stone, drywall, stenciled plaster, and ceramic or a combination of these options.

We Like The Easy Care And Energy Efficiency OF Log Homes, But Enjoy Contemporary Styling. Can You Design A Log Home For Us?
Certainly! Split foyer, colonial, ranch, or any style home can be beautifully built with logs. Many of our standard models feature an optional cathedral ceiling with exposed rafters, purlins, diagonal support members and beams. Dormer, loft and balcony options are also very popular.

We are frequently designing active and passive solar designs to take advantage of the sun's energy.

If lofts and cathedral ceilings are eliminated, the model can become a one floor ranch style home with an attic.



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P.O. Box 145
Oakfield,ME 04763
(800)845 - 4533 / (207) 757 - 8278
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