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People who make their living selling log homes regularly inform me at log-home shows that they want customers who’re ready to build, not just wishful thinkers. But anyone wishing for a log home is ready to build it. They just haven’t cleared the hurdles to make it happen.


The past four or five years, a lot of people have been postponing their dream. Now, instead of sitting on the sidelines they’re finally making their move.


Evidence of that fact is the three Log & Timber Home Shows so far this year, in Minneapolis, Atlanta and Branson, Missouri. They drew crowds unseen in recent memory. A man excited to be at the Atlanta show commented how much smaller it was than when he last came: four years ago. And where had he been all that time? “Waiting for times to get better,” he admitted.


Evidently we’re on the verge of happy days again because he was far from alone. Sure, people still attended shows during the lull, mostly hard-core dreamers. But serious-minded people who showed up still got way better than their money’s worth. If nothing else, the shows helped them realize whether a log home was worth waiting for until the Recovery.


OK, so the economy still stinks, but not as much for more of us. Values of existing homes are rising. Mortgage rates are a steal. Builders are itching to build. Best of all, people are shedding their delanophobia (the fear of fear itself) and realizing the American Dream is way bigger than hard times and petty party politics.


If you’re curious about the possibility of a log home in your life, now is the time to find out everything log homes entail. If one may be right for you, keep dreaming but start planning. The second-best place to experience log homes is at a show. (The first is actually being in a finished and furnished log home, ideally your own.)


This weekend there’s a show outside Boston. Next weekend, I’ll be at the one in Indianapolis. For a full schedule, click here.


Attending a show might be your first step toward owning a log home. Or it could be the last push you need before actually making your log home a reality. Not taking advantage of all a show offers, however, only pushes the carrot farther down the stick. The only thing that putting off your dream teaches is how to put it off even longer.

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Comment by James W. Harbin on March 24, 2013 at 2:05pm

Hi Tom,Katahdin Cedar Log Homes has been manufacturing and building in your state for forty years. They are one of the greenest companies in America and can provide with everything you need to realize your dream. When you see prices vary as much as20,000 dollars you need to look hard at the materials provided. You are close to them and their network of Dealer/Builders who are highly qualified. Check out and get answers to your questions and it won't cost you a dime. Tell Delaware Jim sent you. Good Luck

Comment by Tom P on March 20, 2013 at 10:14pm

I am trying to build a cedar log home in Maine. I own land with a view of the ocean. I am looking to not spend over $220K. My problem is knowing what what I really need as far as manufacturing style. I have two companies in Maine I have been speaking with which I will call X and Y. They each have their own sales pitch. I don't know where to turn. X says we kiln dry our cedar logs while the Y says they don't but they can. Y says they get their moisture down to about 12% air dried vs. 9% claimed by Y. X says they pre-drill holes for lag bolts while the Y says all you need is the olylog bolts that 99% of the industry uses. I just want a chalet style home with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. I want a loft to look out over the ocean as I work from home. X is about $20k more than Y and I really can't see the difference in the product. HELP!!!

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