Need advice on suppliers, pine vs cedar, etc.. I would like to hear from a log home owner on the pine vs cedar thing.
My little log home is white cedar, so I am partial to white cedar. I used full length trees, hewn flat.
Most of them came from my lot.
Limitations of using white cedar are of course the size and the degree of taper etc...but I really like it.
Builders like using white Pine and it is a good wood too, especially for the "big log" houses.
White oak was too expensive for me to order in.
There are a couple companies who produce cedar logs in VT. Goodridge Lumber has a nice sawn type D log, that I almost went with (Nice people too).
There are of course several milled type cedar log companies in ME and VT, Katahdin, Moosehead, Ward.
There is also a fella out of MI; Michigan log homes that uses white cedar, I liked his small trapper cabin.
I love wood houses, and with any log you use, you should have good overhangs or porches to protect them, regardless of what type wood you use.
Thanks, currently we are concerned about pricing and delivery charges from suppliers outside of Vermont. I have a friend who works with Ward and I have a quote. We have a more local log home, cedar, supplier that I also have a quote for. We continue to look. We are also somewhat thankful that we have the time to sort things out as we have made many changes in our design over the past few months.
We are in a 3 year old Katahdin Cedar Log home in Maine. Feel free to look at some pictures on my page, if you want.
Thanks for the information. In trying to keep our costs down we are looking at more local vendors so the shipping charges are less. Also considering pine as cedar is a more expensive option and it appears that pine, if taken care of, lasts as well.
Thomas.....there is also Merimack log homes in NH...they have pine logs.