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I've been planning a log home for quite a while and things are finally starting to get off the ground now. We're meeting with Real Log Homes this afternoon to go over the plans and for the most part…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Red and Donna Feb 16, 2012.


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New Home Stains

I'm preparing to stain my newly constructed log home for the first time and as everyone here knows there are WAY too many options! I'm looking for input on what stain to use and why. Thanks in advance!

Posted on March 19, 2013 at 9:38pm — 1 Comment

Energy Codes

After the last few years of planning we've finally gotten to the point of applying for a building permit. When I got to the building department tonight I learned that the town has adopted the "stretch code" which is apparently a much more stringent building code that, as far as I can tell, requires a minimum of an R-38 wall insulation. I'm not sure if this is confined to Massachusetts or if it has spread nationally but it appears to me as if the log home industry has a lot to lose from this.…


Posted on April 23, 2012 at 9:48pm — 6 Comments

Random length logs?

I'm wondering if anyone has an opinion on random length log kits. I've been focusing on pre-cut kits but I'm begining to wonder if the random length kits would be something I'd be interested in. I'll be assembling the home myself so I know that it will add to my work load but if there is a substantial savings it may be worth the extra work. Has anyone built a random length kit?  

Posted on February 19, 2011 at 2:12pm — 8 Comments

New England area log homes

I'm in the planning stages of building a log home. We have purchased land & have a floor plan that's constantly changing but so far they are minor changes but I think we're 90% of the way there. I've looked at quite a few log home dealers but I'm getting a good vibe from Real Log Homes. I'm wondering if anyone has any input about suppliers in the area (good or bad) and any suggestions would be much appreciated. I plan to build as much of the house as possible on my own and would like… Continue

Posted on August 31, 2010 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

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At 1:06pm on April 30, 2013, James W. Harbin said…

Hey Mike, Check out Weatherguard For a one coat application in oil. Nice looking pictures. I have used it for over 25 years and they just keep improving. Good Luck, Jim Harbin Back To Nature Dealer/Builders for Katahdin Cedar Log Homes

At 11:44am on March 24, 2012, James W. Harbin said…

Hello Mike, I have 26 years experience in log homes as a builder and a dealer. When we started every manufacturer shipped random length packages. There were 5 steps to every log we laid. It took longer to get them under roof and weather was always a major factor and we had to do additional work to deal with water stains. The amount of waste was sinful and was sent to compensate for mistakes and changes. When self building you need the advantages of pre-cut,pre-drilled,and coded systems designed to save labor and natural resources. Good manufacturers provide technical assistance and detailed instructions plus inverted stacking to avoid log hunting. We log home lovers want to build our homes and get that satisfaction that comes with it. Do that but, give yourself every advantage in the process. Have fun with it!  Jim and Pam Katahdin Cedar Log Homes

At 7:47pm on November 7, 2010, Randy Esposito said…
Hi Mike,

Are you going to the log home show in Springfield (Nov 19-21). If so, stop by the Moosehead Cedar Log Home booth.. I'll be there for the whole show.

At 7:50am on October 21, 2010, Randy Esposito said…
Hi Mike,

Just wanted to make sure you got my email on Monday with the price sheet. Sometimes my emails go into spam boxes so I just wanted to make sure.


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