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Built Like a Fortress

Our early history suggests the reasonable assumption that log homes were built for the protection of farmers, woodcutters, fishermen and others whose temporary huts offered scant security against Indian raids, not to mention our sometime ruthless weather. This is borne out by the character of the buildings, whose exterior walls are of square-hewn logs [...]

By | 2018-08-06T13:37:03+00:00 August 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Built Like a Fortress

Westward Ho

The Thibideau stone house north of Cobourg was one of our more ambitious projects. This classic five bay Georgian house was resurrected from Forfar, a small village in eastern Ontario. It took me years of search then negotiation to finally purchase the building that, although built solidly of the local sandstone, was not too far [...]

By | 2018-08-01T20:08:24+00:00 August 1st, 2018|log homes, post & beam house, stone houses|Comments Off on Westward Ho

Your Own Mini Country Estate

What would it have ...you might ask? Well there’s one available right now that may answer that question for you. Here’s a list of the features we would expect a “Mini Country Estate” to have. It should come off a good well-maintained road for easy access to schools, shopping, health clinic, etc. Probably in that [...]

By | 2018-01-22T09:34:58+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Your Own Mini Country Estate

Why Tradition?

After much deliberation, I couldn’t think of a better name for my log building company than Tradition. It seemed to exemplify everything I came to appreciate regarding the ongoing work of artisans that respectfully endeavor to preserve and maintain it. The earliest houses were an example of the direct outgrowth of architecture from function [...]

By | 2018-01-26T13:35:54+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Why Tradition?

A Post & Beam Hidden Treasure

Southern Ontario is a treasure trove of early architecture for those inclined to history. And it is the abundance of its various histories represented in visual architectural form that adds to its interest and beauty. In my expeditions through the countryside and towns I always spare an eye for the homes of our past. [...]

By | 2018-01-26T13:42:32+00:00 August 21st, 2017|post & beam house, Vintage Homes|Comments Off on A Post & Beam Hidden Treasure

Restoring an 1840 Tavern/Inn

“There’s a house I think you’d better look at west of town.” This from a realtor friend who knew the kind of place that might interest me. I’d been looking around Port Hope, Ontario for about seven years for something worth restoring. When I saw the house, such as it was, set well back [...]

By | 2018-01-26T13:38:19+00:00 August 20th, 2017|post & beam house, Vintage Homes|Comments Off on Restoring an 1840 Tavern/Inn

A Successful House

A successful house, particularly one that has survived centuries of living will be invested with soul. How did it come to inhabit the house? Perhaps it was passed on by the original builder that sought shelter for his brood who put his heart into every stroke of the broadaxe. Perhaps the first tree that offered [...]

By | 2017-08-28T09:20:18+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Vintage Homes|Comments Off on A Successful House

Stone “L’Atelier”

If you were to look for Canada’s earliest tradition other than the aboriginal you must start with the French style. I’ve always been intrigued and beguiled by it, particularly those field stone cottages often whitewashed over with their multi-paned casements and colourful shutters. I think of the habitants themselves, who have shown us their strength [...]

By | 2017-08-28T09:21:05+00:00 August 18th, 2017|stone houses, Vintage Homes|Comments Off on Stone “L’Atelier”

Tradition Home Builds a Log House in Montana

Montana. The word evoked the old west for me. Winchesters, Colts, Buffalo, Antelope, vast hills and plains, mountain streams full of trout.  When a client with a small ranch of 1500 acres (yes, the neighbour’s was rumoured to be 50,000 acres) called me for a design for a ranch near Big Timber, I couldn’t wait [...]

By | 2017-08-28T09:21:59+00:00 August 18th, 2017|log homes, Vintage Homes|Comments Off on Tradition Home Builds a Log House in Montana

Chinking a Log House

Chinking is the stuff you put between the logs to keep the weather out. That’s why we like to build an insulated sandwich in the spaces to insure against a Canadian winter barging uninvited into our livingroom and making itself at home. The ideal space to work with is about three inches of height by [...]

By | 2017-08-28T09:22:47+00:00 August 17th, 2017|log homes, Vintage Homes|Comments Off on Chinking a Log House