Kevin Rouck, 55, built his first log cabin in 1980: a modest 1,200-square-foot home over two floors in which he and his wife raised their family. Thirty-five years on and the craftsman is still proud to call it home – a home that has stood the test of time in a rapidly changing building industry.
His family business, Rouck Brothers, in the town of Lumby, B.C., goes back three generations, originating as a sawmill in 1947.
In the 1980s, they saw an opportunity to start building log homes; in the 1990s, they watched residential floor plans sprawl and diversified into hot tubs and chalets. They also switched from natural-log to machine-profile finishing for competitive costing.
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