Margaret and Jim Elliott, Parents
Coventry Log Homes History
Jim Elliott ran a family business in the log home industry in Woodsville, NH while his children were young and on into their employable years. Each of his children were introduced to the business and each enjoyed the process of helping people achieve one of the most significant milestones in a person’s life—to own their dream home.
Eventually, mandatory adjustments in their affiliated company necessitated a change. Options were explored, but by then Jim had decided he wanted to retire or at least work less hours. Jim’s son, Jeff, however, decided to start his own log home business. Coventry Log Homes was named after their New Hampshire home town’s original name which was later changed to Benton. Jeff started by building a small mill on the horse lot belonging to his father on Court Street in Woodsville. He hired his younger brother, Mark, and became incorporated in 1994 naming himself president and Mark the vice president.
The first years found Jeff drafting homes, handling sales and figuring and ordering materials. Mark worked the mill, and Jeff helped there too when needed. After a couple of years they hired a sales person who also performed the duties of a receptionist secretary organizing data on prospects and stuffing envelopes with their marketing materials. It was at that time that they won a national award for best follow through in system built companies. When an extra mill guy was hired Mark was freed up to work in sales, prepare materials lists and do ordering. A draftsman was the next hire which freed Jeff to concentrate on expanding Coventry’s line of products and services.
There are over 60 models in five separate categories: the Craftsman, Tradesman, Cabin and Timerframe Series as well as additions and garages. The mill produces three package options: the log wall; shell; and complete package in a variety of log profiles: the 6x8 D; 8x8 D; 8x8 Round; and the 6x8 and 8x8 Chink. Coventry also produces a 6x8 and 8x8 solid log milled to mimic the traditional look of clapboard siding as well as regular log siding and the 4x8 D and 4x8 Chink logs became available with the development of the recreational camps in 2007.
The Somersworth model was built on the mill lot in 1999 to showcase Coventry homes to the public. By 2004 an addition to the model was designed to allow for the expansion of office personnel while maintaining the original integrity of the Somersworth floor plan. At that time the sales team was doubled to four. The following year the mill yard was expanded when the next door drive-in theatre became available for sale. By mid 2008 five of the six recreational camp models were erected next to the Somersworth model.
Coventry employs over 30 people at any given time including a team of sales people, draftsmen, financial and clerical administrators, technical advisors, print and web designers in marketing, and mill workers. As a result of the professionalism of the Coventry staff thousands of Coventry homes have been sold since its inception.
Coventry Log Homes is a proud member in long and good standing with The Better Business Bureau, The Log Home Council and The National Association of Home Builders.
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