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The Smiths Build their dream home

After a failed search find the perfect on-the-market cottage, one couple decided to take matters into their own hands — with stunning results. When Ontario residents Gary and Cindy began their search for the perfect getaway cottage near Algonquin Park, they knew what they were looking for.
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The Roberts’ Owner Story - Making the Perfect Perfect Cottage Even Better

Take a look inside the Roberts’ lake cottage, and see how they designed a floor plan and space that is ideal for family gatherings, entertaining and outdoor living.
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Inside Rich’s New Timber Frame Home

The Revelstoke is done and Rich and his family have officially moved into their new timber frame home. We’ll give you the scoop on how they’re settling in - and throw in some bonus timber talk, too.
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A Dream House Come True: The Homestead

Monika Gazzola has always known she wanted a log home. After purchasing land in Kirkfield, Ontario, it didn’t take much for her to convince her husband, Serge, that they should build their dream house on the property.
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How a Hampton-style vision of a cottage morphed into a head-turning log home

After hiring an architect to draw up the plans and running the numbers, this couple realized they could start fresh and build their family’s dream home for “not much more” than the cost of the renovations.
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Our Top 6 Floor Plans

See the six most popular, most downloaded plans of the year.
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How Gary & Cindy got all the bells and whistles (without increasing their budget)

To build or to buy? Finding the perfect house in the ideal location is not easy. See how Gary and Cindy’s decision to build gave them everything they needed and more.
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Designing Your Ideal Kitchen

The great thing about designing and building a custom home is you can design the perfect kitchen. Perfect for the overall design of your home and functionally perfect for your needs. Walk into any Confederation home’s kitchen — no matter the size or style — and you can expect the same basic features: appliances, counter […]
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Get the WOW Factor: 7 Design Details that Will Turn Your Log Home Up to 11

You’ve waited your whole life to build the home of your dreams, so settling for anything less than knock-your-socks-off perfect shouldn’t be an option. If you’re needing a little inspiration to take your home to the next level, you’re in the right place. We’ve rounded up seven clever design tweaks that will move your new […]
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Log Home Maintenance: Expectations vs. Reality

If you’ve been in the log home market for a while, you’re likely no stranger to some less-than-flattering opinions surrounding log home maintenance: “Maintaining a log home is time consuming and expensive.” “Log homes may look good at first, but that won’t last long.” “Log homes are prone to pests.” So let’s dig in with […]
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Logs vs. Timber Frame: Take the Quiz

Pop quiz time! If you’re ready to take the plunge into creating the perfect log or timber frame home, but not sure which one is right for you, our log and timber home questionnaire below can get you started in the right direction. Don’t worry, you don’t need a cheat sheet for this one, but […]
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After 40 Years, Here’s What Still Matters When You’re Building A Log Home

Back in 1979, the world was dancing to Michael Jackson’s first solo album, the Sony Walkman was the height of tech, and the average income was $17,500. Over the years, things have clearly changed for the better but thankfully some things have stayed the same, much to the delight of our clients. Also that year, […]
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How to plan the perfect log home for retirement

For so many of our great clients, their log or timber frame home is the realization of a long-held dream. And often it's retirement that provides the reason or the ability to finally design the home of their dreams and the home that will launch a whole new, glorious phase of life. (And FYI, sometimes […]
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Log Home Tear Down: how we dismantle and ship our log homes

A behind the scenes sneak peek of how we build, disassemble and ship our homes from our production facility here at Confederation Log and Timber Frame.
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Let’s Talk About the Logs in Our Log Homes…

The eastern white pine trees used to harvest our logs are grown locally — and exclusively for Confederation — in northern Ontario. We’ve used the same supplier for decades due to their commitment to reforestation and harvesting trees in a sustainable and responsible way.
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Rich’s New Home Update. Plus, Mythbusters, Timber vs. Log Edition

After offering up a glimpse of Rich’s new home, we’re clearing up some common misconceptions about log and timber frame homes and simplifying how to choose which is right for you. (Hint: you only need to ask yourself one question!)
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Follow Rich as he Builds a New Log Home

Pictured above: Rich and Kim Kinsman with son Richard V (yes, he’s the fifth generation Richard Kinsman) and new daughter, Makayla. Recently, our own Rich Kinsman, VP of Sales, received an offer he couldn't refuse for his beautiful log home — The Elwood. Join Rich and his wife, Kim on their journey to create a […]
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