By Andi Bourne

On the cutting edge of a new market for wood products


November 4, 2021

Chris Chitty

Contractor Chris Chitty began construction of his home on Spruce Drive in Seeley Lake this past June. It is made of cross-laminated timber panels imported from the Czech Republic.

SEELEY LAKE – To look at the new home on Spruce Drive in Seeley Lake, no one would think it was built from the inside out. Seeley Lake resident and general contractor Chris Chitty built his home using engineered wood products including cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels and wood fiber insulation from the Czech Republic.

While the mass timber panel industry is a new phenomenon in the United States, within the past five years it has started gaining popularity in constructing multi-story buildings entirely out of wood that go up very quickly.

Chitty is one of the first in the area to utili...

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