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James W. Harbin
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  • Lewes, DE
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Lost Katahdin Cedar Log Home Dealer
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Recently a gentleman named Rich from Baltimore tried to contact me and could not make contact on 302-945-6706. I'm not sure what happened and I blogged him on his site without success. Rich, Please…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Colorado Log Home Finishing Feb 19, 2013.

Northern White Cedar
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National Energy Codes have given our industry an opportunity to show folks the superiority of solid wood walls and the ease to comply with R values. We have always had good old thermal mass. In our…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by shanny May 5, 2012.


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Anthony Murch left a comment for James W. Harbin
"Have any pictures of the mixed wood tongue and groove walls? We haven't decided on those yet! Thanks for info on the doors. Counter tops we are planning on stained concrete, think that will go well with the "cabin" feel."
James W. Harbin left a comment for Deer Mountain Mad Man
"Hello my Friend, I have been restoring wooden and log homes for 30 years and it aint cheap. Coming behind other folks work can sometimes result in more work and risk . Get prices from well known restoration specialists and compare apples to apples.…"
James W. Harbin left a comment for Anthony Murch
"Hey Anthony, Mixing woods and textures in a log home only makes them better. You can drive a nail into the walls and hang anything on it and it works. I'm partial to wood counter tops and mixing woods looks beautiful. Friends stand at the…"
James W. Harbin replied to chuck charles's discussion A schedule from all, Ground prep to move in?
"Chuck, Your adversarial attitude based on a lot of generalization is a red flag to any experienced Contractor. Entering into any business relationship with a client with your requirements looks like a precursor to a lawsuit down the road. I wish you…"
Oct 10
James W. Harbin replied to chuck charles's discussion A schedule from all, Ground prep to move in?
"Chuck, During the course of the approval process the lender requires documentation from the builder as to licensing,insurance,and financial responsibility. The lender pays out the funds according to the predetermined draw schedule after an…"
Oct 9
James W. Harbin replied to chuck charles's discussion A schedule from all, Ground prep to move in?
"Hello Chuck, Sounds like government work to me. Check out the General Contractor's references and examples of his or hers projects and pay close attention to the progress of the job. Your approach to this project gives the impression that you…"
Oct 9
James W. Harbin left a comment for Mike Goes
"Hello Mike, You owe it to yourself to call Dave Gordon the President of Katahdin Cedar Log Homes and see why the experience you had is not the way we do business. The number is 800-845-4533,Tell them Jim Harbin sent you. Thank You,-302-945-6706 "
Oct 8
James W. Harbin replied to chuck charles's discussion A schedule from all, Ground prep to move in?
"Hello Chuck, Pick a home supplier,get them to give you their General Contractor in your area,get a turn key estimate that fits your budget,stay in contact with your builder and visit the site frequently. You will get the best prices and scheduling…"
Oct 8
James W. Harbin commented on Mike Goes's blog post My experience...........
"Hello Folks, Before you make your final decision you owe it to yourself to check out Cedar. Katahdin Cedar Log Homes will give you a free quote and plug you into their Dealer/Builder Network to get a turn key price. They have been in business for 40…"
Oct 3
James W. Harbin replied to Jim Andreu's discussion RhinoShield experience?
"Hey Mary, You've been around long enough to Know that penetrating oil preservative is used extensively in the log home industry. Go to and get the facts."
Sep 22
James W. Harbin replied to Jim Andreu's discussion RhinoShield experience?
"Hello Folks, Don't do it! Cleaning the logs and apply Q8 with tint to restore and protect those logs."
Sep 21
James W. Harbin left a comment for Terry Ewald
"Hello Terry, Welcome to the neighborhood. While you are doing your research, check out Katahdin Cedar Log Homes, a 40 year old company that manufactures fine homes and you can design your home and get pricing at no cost to you. Go to…"
Sep 19
James W. Harbin left a comment for Valerie Casandra Dunlap
"Hello Valerie, Welcome to the neighborhood, A good place to start the log home journey is and check out Katahdin Cedar Log Homes to learn about cedar. We are your local Dealer/Builders and we can answer your questions. Thank you,…"
Jul 17
James W. Harbin left a comment for Cathy Izzi
"Hello Cathy, Welcome to the neighborhood. We used to live near Riva and loved the South River. We are Katahdin Cedar Log Dealer/Builders in Delaware and Maryland. Let us know if we can be of help. Thank you, Jim and Pam"
Jul 17
James W. Harbin left a comment for Kyle Pudden
"Hello Kyle, On second thought, Where is the manufacturer and why aren't they involved?"
Apr 20
James W. Harbin left a comment for Kyle Pudden
"Hello Kyle, During construction we normally lay a bead of caulk to the outside edge of the last log laid before we lay the next log on top. If this is not the case then chinking is advised. Good luck"
Apr 20

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Tell us about yourself:
My wife Pamela and I are Katahdin Cedar Log Home Dealer/Builders in the Mid-Atlantic region. We have 50 years combined experience in Log homes. We will talk log with anyone who wants to.
Are you lucky enough to be living in a log home?
Not presently.
What timeframe are you looking to start your dream home?
12-24 months

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At 9:30pm on March 26, 2014, A S Haropulos said…

Thank you. Actually, I am looking for something closer to Haiku Homes.

At 4:36pm on March 8, 2014, Michele Guido said…

Hello James, Thank you for the info. Any info from anyone experienced is greatly appreciated. I want to learn as much as possible and be well informed about every detail in this business. I've actually have been to Katahdin Cedar Log Homes website quite a few times, but I will definitely check out arbor wall site and let you know what I think.  Thanks again! -Michele

At 1:30pm on February 3, 2014, Judy & Lee Peacock said…
We keep the house at 55 when we are not there. We arrive up there and the windows are clear as can be, so putting the heat up is useless, IN MY HUMBLE OPINION - not to mention the price of propane these days. Yikes! We now turn on the ceiling fan to keep things moving. We also have a couple of smaller fans going since they are pretty quiet. We do have a dehumidifier but it is rather noisy so I would rather not use it all the time. When we cook it seems to get worse. After showers we keep the bathroom door closed and the fan on. We are still working on it. Thanks for asking!
At 4:01pm on December 16, 2013, Cindy Castro DiRusso said…

Thank you James. I am searching for people that have projects that are already planned and budgeted in 2014. Please refer anyone to me that want to be featured on TV!

At 1:57pm on April 7, 2013, Cynthia Gugg said…

Thanks Jim - I'm hearing all positive things about cedar, I think we're pretty much locked in on that part.  Beautiful wood and with great benefits.  I appreciate your support on that!


At 1:58pm on March 9, 2013, Carl said…

i am working with local species to Virginia Beach. White and red oak, Southern yellow pine, gum, and occasional cedar, walnut, cherry, pecan and locust. i have a 1000 Sqft kiln so i dry anything I cut unless otherwise specified. check out the website

At 11:20pm on February 25, 2013, buildbeautiful said…

no noishing

t a log home builder but will be doing all the inside and outside fin

At 5:08pm on February 25, 2013, Marty said…


we have our land in N Arkasas ans currently looking at a satterwhite design, but hoping for more input at the lopg an d home show this weekend in Branson

At 4:37pm on February 25, 2013, Carl said…
Sure can. Im working with everything from pine to oak
At 1:15pm on February 10, 2013, shanny said… mistake...I thought you tried to reach this person in Baltimore at a 302 area code...forgot that is your area I deletred my message.

My folks used to live in Lewis.

James W. Harbin's Blog

Log Home Pricing

Hello Folks, Love the blog on square foot pricing. As a Dealer/Builder that question is usually the first one asked. I don't easily volunteer that information except to say that all log homes are custom and can vary according to the bells and whistles. We like to help them find a design so that we can give them a turnkey estimate. Our package supplies all the components needed to build up to cabinets and mechanicals. The package price reflects close to one third of total costs to build a…


Posted on April 9, 2013 at 12:36pm

General Contractor

Hello Everyone, I see folks saying they are talking to general contractors to get prices to build their log home. If they are not talking to a log home general contractor they are opening themselves up to all kinds of problems. Dealer/builders are the most qualified to do your project. Some dealers have general contractors that have experience with log homes who can save you money and time. You don't want your project to be a training ground for a contractor and neither does your…


Posted on February 11, 2013 at 11:51am

New Log Home Project near Baltimore

We have all first floor logs laid and it took three days. Come by and see us. Call 302-249-3485 and we will see you there. Jim and Pam Katahdin Cedar Log Homes

Posted on October 19, 2012 at 12:33pm

New Log Home Project near Baltimore

As Katahdin Cedar Log Home Dealer/Builders we are exited to begin our first project. The panelized full basement should start in a week. Anyone who is interested can visit the site during construction. Call Jim at 302-945-6706 for details.

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 12:49pm



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