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Blue Ridge Log Cabins - Anyone have direct experience building one?

Hello log home aficionados.  We are very excited about building our first log home, but find ourselves jumping from one possible alternative to another and then back again.  However, after 6 months…Continue

Tags: Modular, Homes, Building, Cabins, Log

Started Apr 29

Northern White Cedar "Smell issues?"
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We are getting close to making a decision to go with a Northern White Cedar as our log choice we love the rot & insect resistance as well as its propensity to shrink less, etc.  Our concern is…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by JR Apr 29.

 

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Blue Ridge Log Cabins - Anyone have direct experience building one?

Hello log home aficionados.  We are very excited about building our first log home, but find ourselves jumping from one possible alternative to another and then back again.  However, after 6 months of looking, we think we found an option that we really like (finally!).After doing quite a bit of research and then attending one of their special customer weekend tours, we found we were very impressed with Blue Ridge Log Cabins. They are a modular log home building company but use all real logs and…See More
Apr 29
JR replied to JR's discussion Northern White Cedar "Smell issues?"
"Thanks everyone for your feedback/comments."
Apr 29
Fever River Log & Lumber replied to JR's discussion Northern White Cedar "Smell issues?"
"I work with white cedar logs on a daily basis.  They do have a distinctive smell, but nothing like red cedar.  The smell is mostly from the fresh cut wood, and will fade away after a couple months. White cedar is your best bet for logs.…"
Apr 28
shanny replied to JR's discussion Northern White Cedar "Smell issues?"
"White cedar mostly smells like cedar when you work it (sand, plane etc.)  The logs don't smell in my house (although I love the smell of cedar).  Wood is great stuff.  :)"
Mar 25
Marty Davis replied to JR's discussion Northern White Cedar "Smell issues?"
"I've built four Katahdin Cedar Log Homes in Oklahoma using northern white cedar. I also use a lot of our local aromatic red cedar for trim and floors. The red cedar does have a nice strong cedar smell. northern white just smells like good wood.…"
Mar 22
Colorado Log Home Finishing replied to JR's discussion Northern White Cedar "Smell issues?"
"We work on log homes in Colorado, many of which are cedar. I haven't noticed a significant difference in smell from cedar to pine. I have found that log home interiors can have a funky old cabin smell when the wood is left unfinished. Applying…"
Mar 5
James W. Harbin left a comment for JR
"Hello again, I'm sorry I missed the last part of your inquiry. During the construction process in different parts of the country the bees come to call. We like to apply our preservative as we build with an additive that repels insects. This…"
Mar 5
James W. Harbin left a comment for JR
"Hello JR, Welcome to the neighborhood. Katahdin Cedar Log Homes has been manufacturing white cedar homes for 40 years. White cedar has a slight scent during the building process when we cut the materials. Once the home is completed the scent is no…"
Mar 5
JR posted a discussion

Northern White Cedar "Smell issues?"

We are getting close to making a decision to go with a Northern White Cedar as our log choice we love the rot & insect resistance as well as its propensity to shrink less, etc.  Our concern is that we have seen on various sites that cedar homes may have a very strong, overpowering smell though.  Our questions are these for anyone that actually has a Northern White (not red) Cedar home and/or direct experience with them over a period of time: 1st Question:Is there a strong smell specifically…See More
Mar 3

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At 11:25am on March 5, 2014, James W. Harbin said…

Hello again, I'm sorry I missed the last part of your inquiry. During the construction process in different parts of the country the bees come to call. We like to apply our preservative as we build with an additive that repels insects. This product penetrates the cedar with the preservative and should be applied to soffit and facia material before installing. Carpenter bees like to penetrate materials from the underside and you can kill them when they start boring. Some Folks will wrap the overhang with aluminum or vinyl to eliminate the problem and cut down on maintenance.

At 11:05am on March 5, 2014, James W. Harbin said…

Hello JR, Welcome to the neighborhood. Katahdin Cedar Log Homes has been manufacturing white cedar homes for 40 years. White cedar has a slight scent during the building process when we cut the materials. Once the home is completed the scent is no longer present. That is not to say that there is no scent but, when you come home the first thing you'll do is take a deep breath and smell that wonderful wood that surrounds you and protects you. We have built more than 20 cedar log homes and never heard a complaint. Check out www.usaloghomes.com and arrange a tour of one of our homes and smell it. If you are building in the Mid Atlantic Region you can contact us directly at 302-945-6706. Thank You, Jim and Pam

 
 
 

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