Living in a Pan-Abode Home on the West Coast

Real Estate Sales Representative with RE/MAXCamosun (Chatterton)

My wife and I live in Cordova Bay in a Pan-Abode house built in 1962. We bought it in the summer of 2009. What is a Pan-Abode? It is a manufactured log home consisting of milled 4" x 6" Western Red Cedar timbers interconnected at the corners. Our homes receives various types of comments from family members and visitors. All are positive. No one has outright said they don't like it. A number of our guests have said that they thought Pan-Abodes are "dark". While that is generally true, ours is not. in fact we've had a number of comments saying that it feels "cozy", "homey" and "warm".

Generally speaking it is a little harder to sell a Pan-Abode because log homes are not for everyone. Also, there are difficulties changing the plumbing or the wiring because the walls are solid cedar, but there is always a work-around.

Also, there are a number of things one can do to make it brighter--walls can be drywalled and painted; skylights can be added where needed; windows can be easily altered and made larger; flooring and furniture can be chosen using lighter colors. We recently gutted the kitchen and bathroom or our Pan-Abode (they were original 1960's). We drywalled both rooms and painted them bright colors. Looks great!

We love our home. Waking up in the morning to cedar vaulted ceilings and natural wood walls gives you a feeling that you are close to the heart of nature.

There are a few hundred Pan-Abode houses in the Greater Victoria and Gulf Islands area. Thinking of buying or selling a Pan-Abode? Talk to me. It's one of my specialty areas. I have learned a lot about this type of home in the past 15 months.


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