Moving a Log House?

Some log house enthusiasts think we can move the whole house in one piece. You can’t. Well, most of the time you can’t for lots of reasons…reasons why we disassemble them a log at a time, numbering each one and noting its placement on our rebuild plan. I know it sounds laborious and it is. [...]

By |2017-08-28T09:25:36-04:00August 15th, 2017|log homes|Comments Off on Moving a Log House?

A Log House From Quebec

 I’d just finished building one of our log homes near Cascades Quebec and came to admire the early buildings there, particularly the ones with the curved overhangs over their porches. Inevitably, I found one to bring back to Ontario. It was large, being 35 ft. by 28 ft. with the customary piece-sur-piece method of cornering [...]

By |2017-08-28T09:26:30-04:00August 14th, 2017|log homes|Comments Off on A Log House From Quebec

Chance Encounter on a Log House

My bride and I were on the way to Hawaii on our honeymoon, comfortably (well, not quite comfortably, I was 6’ 4” then and legroom was in short supply) ensconced in our seats. I couldn’t help but notice the guy beside me was reading one of those articles from a magazine inserted in the pocket [...]

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Half a Log House

I was called out to inspect a log house in the country near a hamlet called Canton. No, we were not in China …closer than that. It wasn’t quite a log house. It was half of a log house. A huge old maple had crashed through it during a recent storm. It certainly was a [...]

By |2017-08-28T09:27:30-04:00August 14th, 2017|log homes|Comments Off on Half a Log House

Mrs. Harrop Builds a House

Someone advised me to see an elderly lady in the hospital in Lindsey, I forget just who now. All I was told was that she was very interested in history and antiques and wanted to share something with me. I did go to see her and I’m glad I did. She was supposedly gravely ill [...]

By |2017-08-28T09:28:24-04:00August 14th, 2017|post & beam house, Vintage Homes|Comments Off on Mrs. Harrop Builds a House

Midnight Phone Call

The phone was ringing. But it was the middle of the night. Must be an emergency. I rolled out of bed to answer it. It was someone in an agitated state for sure. When he right away asked me what my log buildings cost I figured him for a nutcase. I told him anyway. I [...]

By |2017-08-28T09:29:10-04:00August 14th, 2017|log homes|Comments Off on Midnight Phone Call

Log House Love

It was not quite as seldom as I liked that I was met with what I came to call the His/Her conundrum. Some men love a log house. Some women love a log house. Sometimes they both love a log house…but not often enough for me. Needless to say, I get few calls from those [...]

By |2017-08-28T09:29:59-04:00August 14th, 2017|log homes, Vintage Homes|Comments Off on Log House Love

Building a Stone House

Fifty years in the restoration or reproduction of period houses often offers unexpected challenges. Dr. Morley for instance, was particular about having a period style house, so particular that we drove over most of southern Ontario picking out what we agreed were the nicest, while pertinent features of mid-century stone houses. Leaving out the bric-a-brac [...]

By |2017-08-28T09:30:44-04:00August 14th, 2017|stone houses, Vintage Homes|Comments Off on Building a Stone House

About Beauty

There is a timeless truth that is as relevant today as ever. And that is tradition. To speak of tradition is to speak of an immutable principle and an application that transcends this moment by its having been a primary precedent of conscientious men. Tradition not as custom or habit, nor even as the transient [...]

By |2017-08-14T10:12:16-04:00August 14th, 2017|log homes|Comments Off on About Beauty

Remember When Green Was Just a Colour?

I built my first green home 46 years ago. But I didn’t know it was a green home. It was a house of wood and stone mostly, and wood that had been around for a couple of hundred years or so (I never bothered to count the rings). The stone, precambrian granite…well, I think it was [...]

By |2017-08-15T11:09:58-04:00July 6th, 2017|log homes, Vintage Homes|Comments Off on Remember When Green Was Just a Colour?
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