Why Western Red Cedar?

August 6, 2014
Western Red Cedar Customized Home
Custom-Built Western Red Cedar Home 

What makes Western Red Cedar the right building material for your next project? Well, for starters, this highly-valued, durable wood is naturally resistant to rot, decay and insects, which means anything you build with it will last longer and will require less maintenance. But there’s more:


BEAUTY & ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN – Aesthetically, there really is no substitute for the natural beauty of Red Cedar. It compliments any architectural design – from turn-of-the-century to contemporary.cedar dry stack2


DIMENSIONAL STABILITY – Red Cedar has a very low shrinkage factor and is superior to all other coniferous woods in its resistance to warping, twisting and checking.


THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY – Wood is an excellent thermal insulator, which is an important characteristic – good thermal insulators keep buildings cool in the summer and reduce heating costs in the winter. Western Red Cedar is the best thermal insulator among the commonly available softwood species and is far superior to brick, concrete and steel.


VERSATILITY – Western Red Cedar is pitch and resin-free, which means it’s ideal for accepting and holding a wide range of beautiful finishes. It also offers a wide range of lumber dimensions, surface textures and grades.


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SUSTAINABILITY – Renewable and biodegradable, Red Cedar is also sourced from the most sustainable managed forests in the world.



AROMA – Red Cedar’s unique aroma comes from naturally occurring substances in its heartwood. These compounds resist moisture and are toxic to decay-causing fungi and insects and preserve the wood to give it long-lasting appeal.



At Beaver Mountain, we’re proud to offer Western Red Cedar and Eastern White Pine. 

Please call (607) 467-2700 for more information!




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In their own words…

July 12, 2014

February 23, 2012


Dear Ken,


Yesterday we had a home energy survey sponsored by the State of Connecticut.  As you probably know, the survey focuses primarily on outside air that is unintentionally entering your home, as well as the heat inside your home that is escaping.  Our home, a Beaver Mountain Log Home, is an insulated 2,960 square foot chalet-style that was built 12 years ago.


In summary, the gentleman doing the test concluded their work by stating that they had a new ‘first place home.’  They said that our home was the tightest home of any that they had tested.  They claimed that the test results of our home by far exceeded all the homes that they had tested to date.  They also said our numbers were exceptional and that the first place home that now dropped to second place was not even close to the results completed for our home.


I understand that some of the praise also goes to Chris Engelhardt, our builder.  It is my belief that a well-engineered, well-designed and precisely manufactured home will not be satisfactory if it is not built well.  In addition, a good builder can only build a good house if it has been designed and manufactured professionally.


We have been extremely happy in our Beaver Mountain Log home. Believe me when I say that that is an understatement.


I personally spent many hours performing the responsibilities as the general manager throughout the construction process and I must admit the whole project went smoothly.  I have encouraged others to do the same, especially since Beaver Mountain Log & Cedar Homes is so accommodating and easy to work with.




Kevin and Elizabeth

Energy Star Homes:Energy_Star

  • Use 20-30% less energy than typical new homes!

  • Save money through lower maintenance and energy costs!

  • Help protect the environment through less pollution!

  • Create more durable and comfortable living spaces!

  • Must be independently verified to receive certification!


Energy Star Homes Feature:

  • Air sealing, which reduces heating, cooling and water heating costs

  • Properly installed insulation, which ensures constant indoor temperatures and reduces energy costs

  • High performance windows, which keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer

  • Efficient heating and cooling equipment, which reduce heating and cooling costs

  • Whole-house ventilation, which helps reduce indoor air pollutants

  • Water-managed construction, which helps prevent water and mold damage to the home

  • Advanced lighting, which lasts longer and reduces lighting costs

  • Energy Star certified appliances, which reduce energy costs and improve performance and durability

  • Independent inspections, which verify compliance and assure quality and peace of mind


At Beaver Mountain, we incorporate environmental and energy-saving building practices into our designs by offering:

  • 24″ on center stud and rafter spacing – (less wood means more insulation at the exterior envelope)

  • Engineered wood beams and headers – (engineered wood products are made from smaller lumber and are designed to allow for smaller headers and longer spans. Smaller headers allow for more insulation at the exterior envelope and greater spans mean less posting and thus less material use.)

  • Insulated headers at framed wallsandersen

  • Insulated sheathing at framed walls

  • Spray foam insulation, which does a superior job insulating and reducing unwanted air flow

  • High efficiency Andersen® or Pella® windows and patio doors, which help save on energy costs

  • Lifetime GAF shingles, which reduces future construction debris going into landfillspella_logo

  • Environmentally-friendly wood finishes

  • Options to super-insulate some or all of the structure


What our Homeowners are saying:kitchen

“Our fine log home keeps us toasty warm in the winter with low heating expenses and comfortably cool during the hottest summer days – and that’s without air conditioning!” ~ The Levines


One of the many managed forests that Beaver Mountain purchases logs from.
One of the many managed forests that Beaver Mountain purchases logs from.

We are also very proud to use logs that are harvested from sustainable managed forests. As the trees are cut down, they are replaced with new growth!




To learn more about Energy Star, “Green Building,” high performance homes, geo-thermal, eco-friendly and more, schedule an appointment with one of our Building Consultants - please call (607) 467-2700!


Senior Design Consultant, John Lanner, along with Regional Sales Manager, Chris Weyer, and their clients out at their site for an assessment!
Senior Design Consultant, John Lanner, along with Regional Sales Manager, Chris Weyer, and their clients visiting their site for an assessment!

Beaver Mountain has been building extraordinary Cedar Log and Timber homes across the Northeast for more than 30 years. Our people are the difference and our expertise works for you!


Beaver Mountain is pleased to introduce…


Chris Weyer

Since 1999, Chris Weyer has worked meticulously to promote the core values of Beaver Mountain Log & Cedar Homes. A graduate of Binghamton University, armed with a passion for log homes and a desire to help others, Chris is regarded for his strong work ethic, organizational skills and an eye for detail. His warm personality will quickly put you at ease when discussing your plans. “I derive a great deal of satisfaction in managing and coordinating a successful home building project. There is nothing better than helping clients take their vision of a dream home and then assembling the team to pull it all together!” says Chris.


Chris currently holds the position of Regional Sales Manager and is responsible for the Eastern New York and New England markets. During his tenure, he has consistently been a Top Sales Performer for Beaver Mountain and has earned several NAHB Million Dollar Circle awards. He was recently one of only a handful of individuals recognized by the system built industry, earning him a spot in the Class of 2009 Top 30 under 40. He says “I have truly been blessed to have worked with such great people over the years…it has definitely been a team effort!”


Fred and Johnna, happy with the completion of their dream home! Pictured with their Builder, Max Dutcher (left) and Chris (right)

Fred and Johnna, happy with the completion of their dream home! Pictured with their Builder, Max Dutcher (left) and Chris (right)

In his down time, Chris enjoys relaxing with his wife and two boys. He is an avid sports fan and self-proclaimed baseball fanatic. Chris volunteers his time coaching little league and loves heading out to the ballpark to catch a game, a summer tradition he started with his father and one he now carries on with his boys.


“We want you to know that working with you on our dream was a great pleasure.
You were professional, knowledgeable, interested in our ideas and ready to help
us from the first step all along the way. We cannot begin to tell you how grateful
we are. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job and especially for working with
us effectively.”

                                            ~ Steve and Elaine from Sidney, NY