We love to see building projects that showcase the natural beauty and versatility of Eastern White Pine, and the hand-crafted modular cabins produced by Amish Cabin Company are a prime example. Built in Kentucky, these stunning structures feature beautiful Eastern White pine from the floors all the way up to the ceilings, including kitchen cabinets, doors, ladders and loft railings.
These deluxe cabins are built in a small off-grid, solar-powered factory on a Kentucky Amish farm, and then delivered to the clients’ job sites, making the building process faster and more secure than 100% site-built homes. Each cabin features timber frame construction with beautiful exposed beams as well as old-fashioned construction methods.
The sturdy post and beam timber frame construction creates a freestanding fourteen-foot-wide structure the entire length of the cabin, which can range from 28 to 40 feet. There are no load-bearing interior walls, making them extra customizable, so clients can choose any interior layout they like.
Amish Cabin Company uses environmentally friendly Natural-Kote soy-based wood stains that enhance the natural beauty of Eastern White Pine. Learn more about why Eastern White Pine is such a popular choice for timber frame homes.
When you think of a contemporary mountain log cabin, this is probably what comes to mind: large, rustic rough-hewn logs in amber tones, paired with stone masonry and a dark green roof. Mountain Construction Enterprises built this getaway in the Pisgah National Forest of Western North Carolina using massive Eastern White Pine timbers.
The logs for this home weighed a total of 760,000 pounds, requiring 19 tractor-trailer loads to bring it all in. There’s no doubt that Eastern White Pine is the focal point, making up the frame, the ceiling, the staircase, the deck railings and nearly all of the walls.
The diameter of these logs ranges from 12 to a whopping 28 inches, with particularly notable examples visible in the ceiling of the kitchen. The gleaming finish comes thanks to an environmentally friendly coating. All of the logs are hand-scribed with a modified saddle notch, with no chinking in the walls.
The highest quality craftsmanship is evident in every corner, paying homage to mountain traditions and the solidity of historic wooden architecture.
What started out as little more than a dark box is now a light-filled cabin in a remote area of Maine after a brilliant renovation. Local building codes prevented the new owners from expanding its footprint, which is just 540 square feet on the first floor, so they had to get creative to make the two-story barn wood structure livable. Designer George Gekas cut floor-to-ceiling windows to give the cabin the feel of a ship.
Located on a tidal lake called Goose Marsh Pond on Mount Desert Island, the cabin offered a relaxing, secluded home for a couple from New York working in the oncology field. Gekas, who had previously built 70 houses on the island, knew just what to do to make it feel like a welcoming retreat for the entire extended family, including small grandchildren.
Many of the solutions are multi-purpose to make the most of the small space, and the interior was redesigned to make the view top priority. Gekas replaced the roof over the sitting area with translucent corrugated polycarbonate panels to let in more light, and used Eastern White Pine throughout the interior to give it an airy feel.
Read the whole story and see more photos, including before-and-afters, at The New York Times.
This log home complete with a rusted corrugated metal roof looks like a historic pioneer cabin, but get a little closer and you’ll see some contemporary details, like brickwork on the foundation and chimney. Created by Hearthstone Log Homes and built by Champion Construction, this new Western North Carolina home was made using rustic beams of Eastern White Pine.
The home was intentionally built in two slightly different volumes – the main rustic log structure, and a secondary volume covered in board-and-batten siding. This was done to make it look as if a historic log cabin had been added to over the years, giving it a sense of authenticity.
Inside, hand-hewn wood textures are virtually everywhere you look, from the exposed timbers and log walls to the paneled ceiling and pine plank floors. The wood was stained in seven different shades to add a sense of depth.
Far from a period recreation, the home has all the comforts of modern life, including contemporary appliances and beautiful design details like doors reclaimed from a monastery. See more cabins by this Tennessee-based company at HearthstoneHomes.com.
Twenty Eastern White Pines logged locally in Vermont were used to create a 12-bunk crew cabin at Dartmouth Outing Club’s Moosilauke Ravine Lodge. Built in 2010 by Dartmouth’s Class of ’84 alumni as well as current students, the new lodge is located 50 miles from the college campus in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The nearby Moosilauke Ravine Lodge, built in the 1930s, is a getaway for students and faculty, and rents rooms to the public.
The new crew cabin houses student workers from Dartmouth, who come to Mount Moosilauke during the summer to cook, clean, and help with the upkeep of the lodge, which averages 5,000 guests per year. A group of five Class of 1984 architects led the project, reworking the original concept of the cabin into a “model of sustainable design.” In addition to the use of local Eastern White Pine, the builders used natural lighting, ventilation from high windows, on-demand water heating and FSC-certified siding.
Fitting in with the rustic nature of the lodge and the mountain setting, the crew cabin is lined with light-stained pine. Robin Meyers, a 2010 graduate, says of the cabin, “It’s luxurious. The previous loft was above the lodge’s kitchen and it was pretty dark and cramped. Here, it’s spacious and there are a lot of windows. It still even has that smell of freshly cut wood.”
About 80 volunteers led by David Hooke Class of ’84, a professional carpenter, took an intensive timber-framing workshop and spent 10 work weekends or about 1,500 hours on the project.