C.M. Allaire and Sons Inc.
Founded by Charles “Charlie” Allaire in 1963, C.M. Allaire began business as a conventional homebuilder, and with six sons Charlie didn’t have to look far for construction workers. After seeing a REAL LOG HOMES' (then Vermont Log Buildings) display at a country fair Charlie was impressed by the product and quickly decided to become a Real Log Independent Representative. In 1971, CM Allaire’s first year working with log homes, they built six projects. Deliveries then tripled in each of the next two years and the business truly took off. Current owners Dan and Dave Allaire have been with the company since the start. In fact, Dave vividly remembers working on the company’s first model home in 1971 when he was only 10 years old. His job was to salvage all the nails that had fallen on the ground for reuse. “Nothing wasted,” Dave recalls.
Asked how the industry has changed over the years, Dave recalls that in the beginning a large percentage of the homes they sold were constructed by the owner. Today, while that is still an option, less than 10% of the homes are constructed by the owner. Also, the earliest homes were all standard models with perhaps a few options differing from home to home. “Today, most every home contains some degree of customization.”