Gary and Tracy Plante’s new addition to their existing Rehoboth, Mass., home combines modern and traditional materials and building methods to create 800 square feet of visually striking, energy efficient space.

“Tracy and I wanted the best fit for our existing home, which is a raised ranch with cedar shake shingles,” Gary said. “A hybrid timber frame was the best choice.  It incorporates a ground-level, two-car garage with a great room above, all with the look of homes we’ve stayed in during mountain vacations in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.”

Born and raised in Attleboro, Massachusetts, Gary is owner/broker at Cedar Hill Realty. He’s also an Independent Dealer for Honest Abe Log Homes, an award-winning log and timber frame manufacturer founded in 1979. As an Independent Dealer, Gary makes his clients’ dreams of owning a custom designed, milled and built wood home or commercial building a reality through his company, Cedar Hill Log Homes.

“For our addition we wanted to mix the look of a log cabin with wood, heavy timber, stone and metal,” Gary said. “We really love the warm look of wood – the heavy timber roof with wall trusses and metal plates really make the room stand out.”

Construction began around nine months ago after a  24.5’ wide by 26.5’ long addition was designed by a local architect and drafted by Honest Abe’s in-house designers. The structure has oak hardwood floors and a 6’x22′ fireplace using New England Ashlar. All the walls are pine shiplap with pine beams.

“We wanted the addition to be energy efficient, so we used a SIP (structurally insulated panel) system for the walls and roof,” Plante said. “The wall and roof panels went together very quickly and are providing the energy savings we’d hoped for.”

Cedar Hill Log Homes serves all of New England by offering custom designed log, timber frame and hybrid homes and commercial buildings created to each client’s specifications.

“Each component of these structures is created right here in America, including custom floor plans,” Gary said. “Cedar Hill Log Homes provides the building package that contains the Eastern white pine logs or siding, Douglas fir heavy timbers, SIP (structural insulated panels) or a combination of these materials to create a hybrid, like our home’s new addition.”

From finding land through home package delivery, Cedar Hill is prepared to make dreams come through. Visit for more information, and call Gary at  (508) 455-0110.