Construction details from the log cabin owner.

Story & photos by Joe Caruso

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The September 2016 issue of Cabin Living features a “My Cabin” story that I wrote about our dream cabin in the Poconos. Below is some additional information about the construction of our log cabin.

IMG_0542Log provider

My wife, Suzanne, and I selected Estemerwalt Log Homes as our log provider for a number of reasons (estemerwalt.com). A local log manufacturer in business since 1898, Estemerwalt had an established network of contractors, and were extremely easy to do business with.

Their entire staff was very responsive and flexible, answering a ton of questions and being very patient with a couple who never built a house before, let alone a log cabin.

It would be an understatement to say that we put the Estemerwalt team through the paces. For example, two days prior to the start of the construction schedule, the site survey revealed that the property setbacks were much closer than anticipated, so we needed to redesign the cabin while construction was underway – without modifying the exiting footprint.

The details

Suzanne and I were very involved in every aspect of their cabin’s design and construction. The cabin has the following amenities:

  • 5 bedrooms & 4 bathrooms
  • First floor living, with the master bedroom on the main floor
  • Eastern white pine 10-inch double-D Logs
  • High-efficiency wood-burning stone fireplace in living room
  • Propane stove in basement
  • Poured concrete foundation and spray foam insulation
  • On-demand water heater
  • Cherry kitchen cabinets and granite countertops
  • Walnut / live-edge wet bar

Resources:

  • Log Cabin Manufacturer – Estemerwalt Log Homes
  • Builder – Steve L Roy Log Homes
  • Architect – Tina Carnevale
  • Kitchen Designer – Vince Mecca World of Custom Cabinetry
  • Stone Mason – Mike Mercereau

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