Of Woodchucks and Houses


How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck worked at PMHI?

Let’s face it - you and our friend the woodchuck (a.k.a. groundhog) have a lot in common right now. For one, you both are interested in building your own home. Unfortunately for the woodchuck, PMHI isn’t in the burrow excavation business. But the more important common interest is wood.

Our friend the woodchuck may not be that discerning when deciding what is chuck-worthy and what is not. At PMHI, however, we are very concerned about what we use to build your burrow. That’s why we use only the finest, #2 or better, kiln-dried Douglas Fir, sourced from Southwest Oregon, for our framing material. This means you can be confident that what was assembled straight and true will stay straight and true. It also means that when, like our rodent friend, you poke your head out of your home on Feb. 2, you can be assured that the windows and doors will open and close just like they did when they were installed. I’m sure Phil wishes he had Milgard Tuscany vinyl widows framed with kiln-dried lumber to look through instead of having to brave the cold in Punxsatawney...

Since lumber plays a huge part in the building of your house, we also like to keep an eye on the prices (Phil isn’t the only one making predictions). Although our costs have not gone up in July, we are expecting to see some substantial increases in lumber prices in the coming months. While we can neither confirm nor deny that this is due to increased marmot activity, these costs are anticipated to affect the prices of our kits in the near future. In the long run, this means that you are likely to pay more for your house, particularly when it comes to lumber components.

But don’t chuck your plans quite yet; there’s still some good news. If you are interested in moving forward with your project but are worried about the rising prices, PMHI will guarantee the current price based on a package deposit. The length of the guarantee depends on the amount of the deposit, but rest assured it will be better than six weeks. Contact your local PMHI dealer for more information.

Now let’s just hope that our little rodent friends leave some of that nice lumber for us.

So I ask you again: how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck worked at PMHI?

*Disclaimer: The author of this newsletter and all associated parties are fully aware of the fact that woodchucks, chucks, groundhogs, marmots, whistle pigs, or groundpigs do not, in fact, eat, chuck, throw, or otherwise interact with wood. Unless they are running from a predator, in which case all bets are off.


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