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Building Guide

Site Locations

Finding land or a lot site for your cedar log home can be challenging. If you haven’t yet located land, you’ll want to work with a broker in the area who understands the ins and outs of lots and land in your area. If you’re building in an area new to you, you’ll want to get a good picture of the climate as well – average snowfall and/or rain totals, temperature ranges, hours of daylight, potential for winds from hurricanes or strong storms. Here are some of the factors to consider when looking at land.

Sketching, Plans and Pricing

Putting the vision of your White Log Home down on paper is the first step to realizing your dream home. Together, we will discuss the requirements for your home and create a custom log home design. There are many factors to consider when developing your custom floor plan which we will walk you through during this stage.

Wells and Septic Systems

If you’re building in a rural or remote setting, most likely you’ll need to build a private water and waste system.

Selecting Insulation

Most people take a hard look at a car’s miles-per-gallon ratings when researching a new vehicle. Yet it seems that fewer people take a look at their home’s “mpg” or energy efficiency, especially when it comes to insulation. Here are some factors to consider when finalizing the details of your Katahdin Cedar Log Home.


Each state, town, and municipality has rules and regulations for the permits needed for home construction. If you’ve decided on a parcel or lot within a particular community, you’ll want to meet with the local code enforcement officer to determine the ins and outs of that town’s permitting structure. Some can be quite relaxed; others have very precise regulations determining the permits needed for construction. Here are some questions you’ll want to ask.

Site Preparation

Many Katahdin Cedar Log Home customers choose sites that are not part of an established development. Rural parcels and undeveloped land have requirements that should be assessed early in the process, as infrastructure costs can become a substantial part of your budget. When you review your site with your real estate broker, your Katahdin Dealer or Representative and your contractor, you’ll want to identify these key elements.


There are many types of foundations, and are selected based upon local preferences. No matter what type of foundation is specified, it is important to construct a foundation that provides a solid base for you log home. Here are some types of foundations used in North America.

Day of Arrival

Finally, the day your home is delivered arrives! This date is generally arranged one to two months in advance, working closely with Katahdin’s mill in Oakfield, the truckers who will transport the elements to your building site, and the construction crew that will build your home.

Log Raising

The log raising process is a very exciting time. The exterior walls and first floor will go up quickly depending on the weather – usually within the first week to ten days. The second floor, roof, trusses and purlins may take another 2-3 weeks – again dependent on weather and scheduling.

Interior Finishing

Once your Katahdin Cedar Log Home is enclosed, work will begin on the inside to finish interior living spaces. Many of these steps will be occurring simultaneously or in different sequences, depending on subcontractor scheduling. Here are some of the steps involved in interior finishing.

Exterior Finishing

Finishing the exterior of your Katahdin Cedar Log Home is an important step in protecting your investment. When finished properly, your exterior should provide many years of beauty with some routine maintenance each year.