94 Years Strong
We are truly honored that your are considering Ward Cedar Log Homes to provide you a log home where you will make many memories with family and friends for years to come.
Ward has incorporated the latest technology in computer-aided design, engineering and construction. Today, Ward Cedar Log Homes is one of the country's leading manufacturers of custom cedar log homes, having manufactured buildings across the United States and around the world, with sales representatives throughout the United States to help guide you.
Here at Ward Cedar Log Homes, we are committed to providing you with a quality home, more choices, and outstanding customer service you deserve. Since 1923, Ward has been creating the finest custom Northern White Cedar log homes, cabins, commercial buildings, and hybrid log homes. From large, luxurious log homes to small vacation retreats, we can create a home based on your own needs and ideas. Wherever you plan to build, Ward will delivery the materials to your site.
Ward Cedar Log Homes is part of a community, with history of experienced craftsman doing quality work. We have adapted to suit the latest technology and innovation to ensure quality and efficiency, while allowing us to meet your individual needs. You are not just buying into a company, you are buying into a 90 year plus year tradition You can be assured that everyone at Ward Cedar Log Homes will do everything possible to exceed your high expectations. Give us a call today and let's build something great together.
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Our corporate offices and manufacturing plant are located in Houlton, Maine, the heart of white cedar country. Today, our commitment to excellence remains as strong as it was more than 90 years ago. We are proud to be the nation's first log home manufacturer and of our continuous record of achievement in the industry.
Superior Customer Service Is One of Our Highest Priorities.
You will find more than 55 Ward Representatives across the United States — many with more than 25 years experience with Ward. Find your local Ward Representative.
Ward participates in setting building code standards with the International Code Council (formerly the Building Officials and Code Administration International [BOCA]), and all of our homes are designed in accordance with International Residential Codes.
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Sales representative opportunities are available in many areas. Benefits include free custom design services, exceptional commission rates, liberal co-op advertising program and a 20-year manufacturer's product warranty. Click here to find out more.
The great North Woods of Maine is one of the few places east of the Mississippi River where Northern White Cedar grows in abundance, in the heart of which is Houlton, home to our 35-acre manufacturing facility, which includes a specialized sawmill and planing mill. Our highly skilled and dedicated team of employees controls every step of the process. And our round wood procurement practices and stringent specifications allow Ward to offer a higher grade of log than most other manufacturers.
Selected logs first pass through Ward's state-of-the-art sawmill, which has been designed specifically to handle Northern White Cedar. Each log is cut into a "cant" a rough-sawn square timber consisting only of cedar's jewel — its heartwood. Remaining wood is recovered and used for exterior and interior door and window trim; porch, deck, loft and stair railings; tongue-and-groove paneling; and decking. Any wood not meeting our grade is chipped and sold as mulch. Nothing is wasted.
The original cabin fashioned by young lumberman Bruce Ward in 1923 was not a product of foresight, but of passion. Ward loved log cabins. He was fascinated by their snugness and warmth.
Ward was contracted by a telegraph company to provide cedar utility poles, which were recognized for their strength and resistance to insects and decay. Ward also liked the appearance of the wood, so he cut some of the best poles into manageable lengths, notched them and brought the pre-cut pieces of Northern White Cedar logs to his lakeside property in Northern Maine where he built a cabin for himself. Little did he know, he had created the first log home package in history.
The cabin's charm, coziness, warmth and ease of assembly caught the eye of friends and neighbors. They began asking Bruce if he would sell them a cabin package too. To meet the demand, he invented the special interlocking milling technique, set up a mill in Presque Isle, Maine, and began producing hand-hewn log cabins under the name of Northern Cedar Company.
Bruce Ward's continuous improvement of joinery resulted in the ingenious interlocking milling technique. With this system, which would become known as the tongue-and-groove method of log joinery, the pre-cut, pre-packaged log home industry was born. Improvements in engineering standards such as these catapulted Ward out of the "log cabin" business into mainstream American housing. In 1955, the company — known as Ward Cabin Company — moved its entire operation to new, larger facilities in Houlton, Maine, where Ward Cedar Log Homes makes its headquarters today.
Because Ward customers have increasingly demanded log homes for year-round living, today over 95 percent of all Ward buildings are full-time homes. From summer retreats to winter havens, Ward Cedar Log Homes is known throughout the country for its achievements in year round log home building technology, including our five point Comfort System-5™ log wall system, which makes Ward homes air tight, waterproof and energy efficient.
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Our Commitment to You
A company should always put the customer first. After all, you are entrusting them with one of the biggest investments of your life. At Ward Cedar Log Homes it is about who would recommend us to their family and friends, not the number of homes shipped. We are with you through the entire process making sure no small detail goes unnoticed.
Throughout the construction process on your Ward home, our sales reps. goes through 6 quality control reports to ensure the building process is going smoothly. Ward will even follow up with a call 1 year after your home is complete to see how you are enjoying your new log home and to be sure of your satisfaction. Ward Cedar Log Homes thrives on happy homeowners. Enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing someone is with you every step of the way. Customer satisfaction has been a key component to our successful 90+ years of being in the log home business.
We are committed to...
- Giving you a pleasant and memorable experience.
- Providing you with a quality log home.
- Working together to provide you the home you want.
- Always treating you with respect, honesty, and integrity.