Katahdin Cedar Log Homes

Founded in 1973, Katahdin Cedar Log Homes produces log homes, lodges, condominiums and commercial buildings using northern white cedar and white pine from northern Maine.

Company Details

Address: PO Box 145
City: Oakfield
State: Maine
Zipcode: 04763

Katahdin Cedar Log Homes

Since its founding in 1973, Katahdin Cedar Log Homes has defined itself by the quality of the cedar log homes it produces, as well as its top-notch customer service, award-winning design, and superior materials.

More recently, Katahdin has also taken a leadership role in "green" construction as the nation's only Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) SmartWood Chain-of-Custody Certified log home manufacturer. This certifies that Katahdin can offer cedar harvested from responsibly managed forests. Further, Katahdin is one of a small group of manufacturers working toward designing homes to meet new U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for homes. One requirement for LEED certification is the use of FSC Certified wood products.

All of this attention to detail means that you are able to purchase the cedar log home of your dreams without sacrificing quality, design or energy efficiency. In fact, we had a hand in fulfilling one Maine family's dreams in 2005 when we built the first cedar log home to be featured on ABC's Extreme Home Makeover: Home Edition.

How do we do it? First we start with Northern White Cedar, a renewable resource with special qualities. Cedar provides natural resistance to rot and pests, a lower moisture content and better insulation than other log home wood species. Because of its superior insulating properties, cedar gives you a distinct advantage in lowering heating and cooling costs.

By utilizing a number of efficient processes, Katahdin is able to save energy in milling, manufacturing and in the construction of your home. At our mills in Oakfield, Maine, we've been able to cut our fossil fuel consumption by 90% by recycling waste sawdust in our 14 million BTU biomass boiler. The steam it produces heats our mills, clears ice off the frozen cedar logs and fires our finishing kilns. The biomass boiler will also fire our commercial distiller which produces ethanol fuel from local waste potatoes to operate the company's vehicles. Finally, our sophisticated computerized house manufacturing line translates your final plans into pre-cut, pre-drilled logs, which are bar coded and bundled in the most efficient manner for easier and faster construction on site.

Our website offers you the ability to search more than 500 plans and our in-house design department is able to refine existing plans or custom design your own individual Katahdin Cedar Log Home. We offer one of the most complete packages in the industry, featuring Andersen windows, Therma-Tru doors and our own free insulation package, which can double the insulating qualities of your cedar home without losing the look of the log wall interior.

At Katahdin, we are proud of both our past and our future. We are continually looking for new, innovative approaches without losing sight of tried and true traditions. We are also proud of our financial stability and are pleased to offer you a 25-year warranty on your Katahdin Cedar Log Homes. To find a dealer in your area, download a copy of our plan book or learn more about Katahdin, please visit or call 800-845-4533.

Product Literature Katahdin Cedar Log Homes Portfolio. 94 pages. $12.

Year founded: 1973

Method of production: Manufacturer

Number of homes produced to date: 5000-9999

Number of builders dealers and representatives: 50-99

Wood species: White cedar

How logs are normally dried prior to shipment: Air dried

Average moisture content of logs upon shipment: 15% or below

Type(s) of wall logs you offer: Full or solid wall logs Log siding

Corner notches are: Totally pre-cut

Log lengths are: All pre-cut to required lengths

Solid log gable ends are: Pre-cut to required roofline slope

Available styles of wall log profiles: Flat - inside; Flat - outsid;e Hand peeled; Lap siding; Rectangular; Round - inside; Round - outside

Heights: 4" to 6"

Widths: 4" to 6"

Tongue & Groove Styles: Single

Corner intersection details for available wall log styles: Butt & pass (only one log extends past the intersection); Dovetail; Saddle notch

Types of fastening devices: Adhesives; Lag screws; Spikes

Types of sealing systems & materials available: Caulking Foam gasket Spline

Types of building code compliances available: Our plans are certified to meet state/local building codes by the company.

Other available services: Our logs are graded by an independent inspection agency prior to shipment. We offer a construction manual and/or videotape to aid customers with erection of their home. We offer a specific number of hours of on-site technical assistance as a standard part of our contract. We offer a written warranty on all our logs. We offer custom design service. We will provide complete home construction service for our customers. We will provide shell erection service for our customers.