Martin Log Home 24’ x 26 ‘
We were lucky enough to find and purchase this very extraordinary 1 ½ story log house that was constructed by a Mennonite family in the area of Waterloo, Ontario Canada sometime around the mid 1800-1875. One of the great features of this log home is that it must have had exterior siding put on originally as the corner notching is in just superb condition as the photos show. Unfortunately the individuals that took it down did not photograph it or mark it properly so we had to reconstruct it in our yard to see exactly what was there and that is where the photos are from. Some other great feature of this log home is we have the entire 2nd floor joist system, all the rafters, approx. one floor of original plank flooring, and a set of box winder stairs are also included. We are currently documenting what we found in our reconstruction and will have drawings soon.
We have done many historic log house in our 45 year career doing this kind of work and this one is a real beauty as far a starting point
We also included a photo of a log house that is one we think is very similar the Martin log house that is part of a historical homestead in Canada called Upper Canadian Village. It is a story and half log home with a dormer over front to give you more useable room in the second floor as well looking really great from exterior. We can build the Martin Log House with this adaptation feature if you like. We also included a photo of Log Mill we did near New Hope, Pa and a two story log reconstruction home we did near West Chester, both done about 30 years or so ago. We included these finished log structures to give you some sense of how charming these early log homes can be
All in all we are very happy with what we found. There is one wall in the Martin log home that has larger than normal opening that we think was where it was connected with perhaps the main house or main house was connected to it, as usually these log homes were the first ones to be built on the property when it was settled. The Martin Family History book we have that shows several of the these early Martin homes all have several additions but we cannot tell which one is this one. We are currently researching that. In any case we could fill it in with other logs or also make very nice small timber- frame addition to it as well to help maintain its original heritage and use.
I think it would be a great structure with lots of history and charm. It could be repurposed for many uses including addition to existing house, guest house or art studio, store front or other commercial use, and also just as the main core of a smaller log home. Just by itself you have 1250 sq. ft of living space, plenty for a cozy 1 or 2 bedroom home or vacation home or cottage. With a repurposed timber-frame addition you could easily increase the sq footage up to 2000 sq. ft or any amount you wanted with a larger addition, say the Wyndham barn frame or Hillsdale frame, 2 smaller barn frames on our web site that are still available as of this writing. Lots of possibilities. Feel free to call to talk with me about this structure. They don’t come along that often and this one is a very good one.