A Three-Generation Tradition of Craftsmanship
When Beaver Mountain Log Homes was created in 1982, we built our business on a foundation of strong family values, a passion for custom-built homes, and a focus on designing the highest quality custom-crafted log homes and timber frame homes. Our plan was not to be the biggest, we just wanted to be the best.
WHY TRUST YOUR DREAM TO US?
We promise to bring everything we’ve got to the table – expert guidance, exceptional client services, and outstanding craftsmanship – to help make your journey easier, more enjoyable, and infinitely more memorable. In every situation, we consistently strive to always do the right thing, a practice that results in quality relationships that stand the test of time. In fact, our business was built on the Golden Rule. We treat others the way we would want to be treated. It’s a simple concept, but it seems pretty rare these days.
Creating the Exquisite Level of Luxury our Clients Demand Takes Real Teamwork
Ken Clark grew up in the homebuilding industry. Since his father, Donald Clark, was a professional builder of traditional “stick-built” homes, he felt it was almost inevitable that he would somehow wind up involved. Although his dad urged him to carve out a career in the corporate world, after a few years, Ken knew it just wasn’t for him. “I grew up in the building business and absolutely love it – it’s in my blood,” he says.
Finally ready to pursue his passion, he joined his father’s business and, eventually, was approached by potential clients specifically looking for log homes. Ken and his father researched various available log home “kits” and discovered they were less than builder-friendly. Rather than tell clients they didn’t build log homes, they began researching what it would take for them to manufacture a log home that was truly builder-friendly – built by builders, for builders. In a while, Beaver Mountain Log & Cedar Homes was born.
After Don retired in 1996, Ken took the reins as President. A proactive, hands-on Owner, Ken is the driving force behind Beaver Mountain’s push to adapt, grow, and excel, to keep up with a world that’s always changing around us.
If you see Ken outside the office, he’ll typically be enjoying the company of his wife, Karen, while gardening, boating, and snowmobiling with their many children and grandchildren. The family has a longstanding love of horses and has successfully shown quarter horses for many years.
Every day, as our Business Manager, Drew leverages his more than 15 years of experience in manufacturing and business management. As well as being responsible for accounting and human resources, he acts as our IT Coordinator, Database Programmer, and oversees Beaver Mountain’s website, blog, and social media presence. Drew spends countless hours researching the best insurance companies, employee benefits packages, and energy-saving programs that will ensure our company is running as efficiently as possible.
Having been with Beaver Mountain for more than 14 years, he’s had many opportunities to bring his education, an Associate’s Degree in Architecture, into play and get involved with design and production aspects of the business. He enjoys maintaining and managing the kiln-drying of our cant stock (a sawmilling term that refers to a partially sawn log edged on one or more sides). This activity requires numerous trips to the kilns to measure the moisture level in the cants during the drying process.
In addition to wearing all these hats, Drew is a licensed helicopter pilot, a goal he pursued since childhood. An active, involved father, he enjoys camping, skiing, fishing, and boating with his wife and their eight children.
Kimberly Clark Prochazka grew up in the log home industry. As one of Ken and Karen’s 4 daughters, she spent many years recording radio commercials for Beaver Mountain with her sisters. Some of her fondest childhood memories are of playing in the huge sawdust pile after everyone went home for the day. We guess you could say that log homes are in her blood. Kim is our Director of Marketing and Photography. She combines her love of architecture with her love of photography and videography to create the stunning images and videos you see of our homes.
Kim spent her early career working in Radio on-air, and then in Public Relations on Long Island – using her BAS in Communications – before joining us here at Beaver Mountain 18 years ago. She creates most of our printed materials and is also in charge of our social media accounts. Her award-winning photography has been featured in publications such as Family Circle and Log Home Living.
Even when she’s not working, you can usually find Kim with a camera in hand. She and her husband Drew love to travel with their 8 children, which gives her plenty of photo ops. They all share a love of Disney and camping. Kim also loves yoga, drawing, and painting in her spare time.
At Beaver Mountain, every home is unique and custom-designed for each client. As we never create two homes that are exactly alike, someone has to oversee every detail of every drawing and quality-check each piece of material we produce. As Operations Manager, Todd Parsons does all of this and much more.
With an AAS from SUNY Delhi and a BA from Binghamton University, Todd is well qualified to manage the day to day operations here at Beaver Mountain. After joining our team in 1997, Todd began his career with us by working in manufacturing. Later, he moved into the engineering department.
Today, his daily responsibilities include reviewing drawings, ordering building materials, keeping up to speed with building codes, researching new products to enhance clients’ homes, and making sure production runs smoothly and on time.
Todd also oversees our Customer Service Department to ensure we provide superb service throughout the design/build process and well beyond completion of construction.
For Todd, life is much more than all work. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, fishing, traveling, and golfing.
Since 1996, JoAnn’s career has included roles in administration and customer relations, experience that has proved to be a valuable asset in her role as Beaver Mountain’s Customer Administrator. Her customer service knowledge, understanding of payment schedules, and finesse in scheduling homes for delivery helps smooth our process and ensure timely delivery.
JoAnn understands that for clients building their dream homes, communication is key. Throughout the excitement of the process, questions are bound to arise. Who can we speak with about scheduling an appointment? Who can update us on the timeline for our new home? With her welcoming smile and kind demeanor, JoAnn takes pride and pleasure in answering questions, addressing concerns, and solving problems.
Whether clients call the office or stop by for a walk through our Design Center or a tour of our three model homes, JoAnn’s is the first face they’ll see. She enjoys meeting new people and learning about our clients’ unique and special dreams for their new log homes.
Chip and Lori from Newfield, New York, have this to say about JoAnn, “It takes real team effort to complete a project of this size and we couldn’t be happier about our decision to have Beaver Mountain build our dream home. We would like to thank JoAnn for being one of the most pleasant “front desk” people we have ever met. She was very accommodating.” From Beaver Dams, New York, Frank comments, “I am a proud owner of a Beaver Mountain home and, in the seemingly millions of times I telephoned Beaver Mountain, the telephone was ALWAYS answered in a cheerful and friendly manner by JoAnn. She is certainly the right person to be representing Beaver Mountain.”
In her time away from work, JoAnn enjoys gardening, cooking, going to the beach, oil painting, and working on home projects with her husband. She has two children and several grandchildren who keep her quite busy.
Since 1999, Chris, a Binghamton University graduate with a passion for log homes and a sincere desire to help others, has worked tirelessly and passionately to promote Beaver Mountain’s core values. He is responsible for business development in both our New York and New England markets. During his tenure, Chris has consistently been a Top Sales Performer and has been recognized with several Million Dollar Circle Awards from the National Association of Home Builders. One of a handful of professionals who have been recognized by the system built industry, he once earned a coveted spot in “The Class of 2009: Top 30 under 40.”
Chris’ strong work ethic, organizational skills, and keen eye for detail have won him respect from coworkers and appreciation from clients. Jim and Ruth, Beaver Mountain clients from Floral Park, New York, told him, “This has been our first experience with a Sales Consultant who was so knowledgeable…you were honest and up front with us, which we truly appreciated, and gave us a good idea how to start our summer home project. You never made us feel rushed.” Patrice and Rich from North Haven, Connecticut, said, “I am so pleased with the way you listened and incorporated our discussions into our plans. It may seem like it should be the industry standard, but after years of trying to get these plans done, we have learned that our interaction with Beaver Mountain is unique. I can’t wait to see the finished product and can’t thank you enough for giving us back the dream of owning a log home!” From Steve and Elaine in Sidney, New York, Chris received this feedback, “Working with you on our dream was a great pleasure. You were professional, knowledgeable, interested in our ideas, and ready to help.”
Exuding a warm, engaging personality that puts everyone around him at ease, Chris strives to make the planning process more collaborative and enjoyable. He admits, “I derive a great deal of satisfaction from managing and coordinating a successful home building project. There is nothing better than helping a family realize their vision of a dream home, and then assembling a team that pulls it off beautifully. I have truly been blessed to have worked with such great people over the years…it has definitely been a team effort!”
In his off time, Chris enjoys relaxing with his wife and two boys. Although he doesn’t consider himself a real outdoorsman, he does occasionally enjoy camping, fishing, and hiking. He is also an avid sports fan. A self-proclaimed baseball fanatic, Chris has volunteered as a Little League coach and loves heading out to the ballpark to catch a game, a summer tradition he began with his father and carries on today with his children.
“I wanted to let you & John know that I am so pleased with the way you listened and incorporate our discussions into our plans. It may seem like it should be the industry standard but after years of trying to get these plans done, we have learned that our interaction with Beaver Mountain is unique. Your way of dealing and interacting with the customer should be the norm. I can’t wait to see the finished product. I can’t thank you enough for giving us back the dream of owning a log home!”………
Patrice & Rich from North Haven, CT
Having grown up in the log home industry as the daughter of Ken Clark, President of Beaver Mountain Log & Cedar Homes, Kourtnie has first-hand experience with just what it takes to create a dream home from the inside out. She understands that the design/build process can be an amazing experience, chock full of great expectations, incredible anticipation, and many questions.
Who do I talk to about designing a new home? Who can I speak with about interior design ideas? Kourtnie is happy to take the time to get to know you and cheerfully answer all your questions. While earning her Associates Degree in Interior Design from Onondaga Community College, Kourtnie had the opportunity to work with a well-respected kitchen and bath designer, as well as a prominent interior designer. After listening to your individual wants, needs, and overall lifestyle plans, she will shepherd you through the entire design process, from conceiving the initial floor plan to deciding on the smallest details in every room. With her cheerful nature, a ready smile, and sincere desire to make people happy, Kourtnie is always eager to help Beaver Mountain clients envision their new homes in ways that enable them to achieve their personal goals.
Kourtnie has excellent working relationships with a variety of other professionals who may become involved in your building process: builders, kitchen and bath designers, realtors, lighting designers, flooring companies, and more. To save you time and improve your overall experience, she’ll introduce you to the right people, at the right time, throughout your journey.
In her time away from work, Kourtnie likes showing her horse competitively, kayaking, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying her passion for music.
“June and I so enjoyed our visit to your headquarters. We are so impressed with everything you do. However, most importantly we are impressed with you as kind and caring people with sensitivity to others. To me, in a world where many people have fallen numb to technology, all of you have bucked the trend. We are honored to be amongst the many lives you have touched by the work you do.”
Mark and June
John has been a member of the Beaver Mountain family for more than 24 years. His clients benefit from his extensive background in drafting and CAD design, as well as his years of experience working in the home building arena.
Serving as the Project Designer, John develops bid specifications, helps solicit competitive builder bids, and generates a bid analysis to help our clients accurately assess and compare quotes. He stays in regular contact with both clients and builders to keep projects on track and on schedule. A highly effective brand ambassador with an unwavering commitment to quality, has represented Beaver Mountain Log & Cedar Homes at many regional log home shows. His expertise and experience, as well as his genuine interest in helping people, enables him to take questions from attendees and provide thorough, accurate answers.
With the help of John’s professional guidance and insight, Beaver Mountain clients are able to plan for and visualize each element in their custom log home or timber frame home. Upon design approval, John works hand-in-hand with our in-house engineering department to turn his conceptual designs into more formal construction, assembly, and detail drawings.
Dave and Penny from Milford, New York, say, “When we met John and began the design process, he took our graph paper drawing and turned it into reality, making suggestions as we went. Because of his knowledge and experience, he was able to make suggestions that improved our idea into the uniquely “us” design we hoped for. When we asked for his opinion, it was apparent he thought seriously about our questions and answered them honestly.” According to Frank and Melissa from Beaver Dams, New York, “John was patient and knowledgeable, and helped us a great deal without ever exhibiting displeasure with our constantly changing requests and ideas during our design. It was amazing and enjoyable working with him and seeing our ideas come to life.”
John and his wife Traci love spending time with their son Justin. In his spare time, John enjoys fishing, golfing, hiking, woodworking and honing his outdoor photography skills.
At Beaver Mountain, we are dedicated to making your home building process as smooth and stress-free as possible. John Place is one our Project Managers who conveys technical support throughout the entire building process.
Primary job responsibilities for John include developing Design, Construction and Assembly Drawings. Beaver Mountain projects along with associated documentation to comply with permits and building requirements. This documentation includes structural, engineering, building and energy code compliance, material specifications, shop drawings and shipping lists. John also provides training and mentoring for employees new to the Engineering Department.
As Project Manager, John works personally with customers and builders providing in-house technical support through-out the entire building process. We aim to make sure that no question regarding your project goes unanswered.
John has been a member of the Beaver Mountain family since 1989 and brings with him an A.A.S. in Architectural Technology from SUNY Delhi and over 35 years of experience in engineering and architecture including steel, laminated beams and log construction.
Interests outside of work for John include spending time with family, bicycling, and an occasional 5K race, is a novice gardener, enjoys summer campfires in the back yard and anything involving motorcycles!
To guarantee the quality of your pre-cut and pre-numbered Beaver Mountain home, John Thomas provides on-site Technical Assistance. In construction since he was a teenager, John is no stranger to the industry. He joined the Beaver Mountain family in 1994 and has been a valuable asset ever since.
Although our homes are “Builder Friendly”, John will explain our log building system and demonstrate the procedure while the first two rows of logs are installed. He also explains the installation of the pre-cut window and door bucks, corner posts and timber framed components. If your home has a panelized wall system, John will assist with the wall panel installation. This one-on-one time ensures that your home gets off to a great start!
When not in the field, John lends his expertise to custom crafting log and timber frame components with quality as the number one priority.
Although John is quiet by nature, his work speaks volumes. Well respected by co-workers for his professionalism and craftsmanship, he is focused on building superior panelized walls.
Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons. His hobbies – dependent on the season – include playing golf, bow hunting and snowmobiling.
THE BEAVER MOUNTAIN PLEDGE
In order to put forth our best ideas and opportunities, we won’t ask you to buy anything until we’ve taken the time to learn about and understand your needs and dreams. We do not make people feel pressured to do business with us. We promise to listen more than we talk, and not waste anyone’s time. And, although we will never demean or criticize our competitors, because gossip contributes nothing of value to a purchasing decision, we believe that truthful comparisons are educational and important.
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Not only are we genuinely interested in helping you realize your dream, we have the experience and expertise to make it happen. Let’s start a conversation.
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