The Toys Kids, Parents, and Grandparents All Played With!

Lincoln Logs, the classic toy almost everyone has played with, have been around for just over 100 years! They were invented in 1916 by John Lloyd Wright, son of famous American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright! The idea came to him after watching his father build the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. Originally made entirely from wood, […]

Energy Efficiency of Log Homes

Log homes are actually more energy efficient than conventional ones! So long as it’s been properly built, and has been properly chinked, your log home could be 15-20% more energy efficient than your typical home. This is due in part to log home builders mostly trying to meet the DOE’s “Energy Star” standards, which mean […]

The Trees That Make Our Homes

Our homes are made from the wood of both the Northern White Cedar and Eastern White Pine trees. They’re both native to the Adirondacks, and are perfect for our uses! Northern White Cedar is light-weight, and resistant to decay, which makes it perfect for the external logs of a home, where they’ll be in contact […]

How Presidential!

Log cabins are a symbol of humble origins and have come to represent hard work and patriotism in America. Seven different presidents were either born in, or lived in a log cabin, including Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, James Buchanan and Adlai Stevenson. The symbol of a log cabin was also used in William Henry Harrison’s […]

A Little Log Cabin History

Today, the log cabin is a symbol of the American frontier, but believe it or not, the first log cabins were actually built in Scandanavia and Eastern Europe! Given that they can be made during any weather, and don’t require any chemical reaction (such as hardening of mortar), they were the perfect home for the […]

Tips To Keep Pests Out Of Your Log Home

Make sure you inspect the outside of your cabin regularly – rotting wood is an all-time favorite for lots of insects to either nest in or to eat. Bugs love crevices and cracks in your logs. Use a flexible sealant to block all possible entries including roofs, joints and individual logs, to stop them from […]

Log Homes and Fire

Many people worry about how easily their log homes might burn down in the event of a forest fire, or some other disaster. Believe it or not though, a properly built log home is actually less likely to catch fire than your average suburban home!This is because of the size of the logs used to […]

Tips to Help Maintain Your Log Home

Do not plant shrubs near your log walls. This helps minimize the chance of water splashing off the leaves and onto your log wall. Stack firewood well away from the house.  Stacking firewood near your home can attract wood boring insects like termites. Install gutters on your log home.  This can help prevent splash back […]

Log Homes vs Modular

A common question we receive from potential customers here at Cedar Knoll involves the differences between buying a modular versus a log home. I tend to say that a modular house is a short-term solution to a long-term issue. I often say that nobody has ever come here and told us that all their life […]