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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, 2014

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, 2014.


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Looking to build a Log Home soon.
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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 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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