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Debra Chapoton
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  • Topinabee, MI
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Jan 29, 2013
Debra Chapoton posted a blog post

Building a Log Home in Under a Year

So many books and magazines have stressed the importance of taking your time when building a log home. It seems that most take 18 months to 2 years or more. We planned for nearly 10 years so when it came down to D-day (logs delivered mid June) we figured we'd be moved in by Christmas if we oversaw the whole process by living on site.How'd we do? I've written a pictorial essay, downloadable from Amazon (free if you're a Prime member) for only 99 cents. You can find it…See More
Jan 29, 2013
Dave and Julie Christiansen left a comment for Debra Chapoton
"Thanks.  I couldn't help but notice your profile.  My son, Greg, also teaches High School, English & Spanish in Lincoln, Montana.  He also writes books.  I thought  that was awesome. P.S.  Your cabin is…"
Jan 8, 2013
Debra Chapoton posted a blog post

Building Big Pine Lodge

Hi, I thought it was finally time to chronicle the journey from sketch to permanent home. Starting on June 19 and posting every other day I will show you how we got from an idea to a really great and happy conclusion. I'll do this on my author's blog : Edge of Escape. You can subscribe to emails there if you want to catch all posts or stop in anytime and catch up. When I finish I'll post the completed project as its own page.See More
Jun 18, 2012
Outdoorsman left a comment for Debra Chapoton
"Thanks for the motivational response.  I keep hearing that log settling and shrinkage may cause maintenance issues down the road. I like the full log concept and your design.  I will check out the builder's site and continue the…"
Jan 31, 2012
Debra Chapoton left a comment for Outdoorsman
"Hi there Outdoorsman, I drew my own plans. It's about 2950 sq. ft. with 2300 of it on the first floor and hence 2300 more in a walk-out basement that is 2 thirds finished. We used North Arrow Log Homes who are wonderful people, based in the…"
Jan 31, 2012
Debra Chapoton commented on Debra Chapoton's photo
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Big Pine Lodge

"Thanks, Denny. No, it's not a bed and breakfast though we can sleep 22 plus 3 cribs if we use the guest house and bunk house - big family on holidays. The lodge is 3 bedrooms, 3 baths plus loft and finished walk-out. It lives cozy when…"
Jan 26, 2012
Denny Johnson commented on Debra Chapoton's photo
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Big Pine Lodge

"Beautiful lodge, Debra. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous photos. I can only imagine how cool it would be to live in a full log home. It is so welcoming. Is this a bed and breakfast, by chance? ;-) How much to stay there?"
Jan 26, 2012
Debra Chapoton commented on Debra Chapoton's photo
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Big Pine Lodge

"Scott, we went with full logs because each one is different and unique. When you cut them you make them all uniform and that wasn't what we wanted. There is no drywall - we used full logs absolutely everywhere. They are scribed and fitted and…"
Jan 26, 2012
Scott Castle commented on Debra Chapoton's photo
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Big Pine Lodge

"Debra, very nice.... what made you decide on full logs verses cut logs? Love your snow pictures. I'm very jealous."
Jan 25, 2012
Patty Lovett left a comment for Debra Chapoton
"Thank you Debra!!  =)  We are enjoying our log home.  We still have much work to do, but what's done is so cozy and nice.  The fireplace does make the snow much better...even with this incredibly mild winter thus far. …"
Jan 25, 2012
Debra Chapoton left a comment for Patty Lovett
"Hi Patty. Love your pictures, too. I hope you're enjoying your log home as much as we enjoy ours. We never want to leave. It's so comforting just being inside. Your fireplace is fabulous, it'll make the snow so much better."
Jan 25, 2012
Debra Chapoton replied to Hank Hill's discussion Getting the dust out
"I will never go back to gas forced air. We have in-floor heat in our log home and we can keep the temperature lower and yet feel warmer. I guess when your feet are warm you're happier. There is much less dust, too, and I couldn't be…"
Dec 20, 2011
Debra Chapoton replied to Danielle Taylor's discussion Tell me about your master suite!
"Our master suite is not what you'd call ultra luxurious or even as large as in our previous home. We broke a supposed log home design rule by having a soaring ceiling which, probably because of our large logs, did not eliminate that warm cozy…"
Apr 8, 2011
Judy & Lee Peacock left a comment for Debra Chapoton
"Thanks so much - we do love it. We are up here right now - heading back to Boston after supper. Then we will be here all week leading up to and including Labor Day weekend."
Aug 22, 2010
Debra Chapoton left a comment for Judy & Lee Peacock
"I really enjoyed looking at your photos. What a wonderful place in a glorious setting!"
Aug 22, 2010

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Debra Chapoton's Blog

Building a Log Home in Under a Year

So many books and magazines have stressed the importance of taking your time when building a log home. It seems that most take 18 months to 2 years or more. We planned for nearly 10 years so when it came down to D-day (logs delivered mid June) we figured we'd be moved in by Christmas if we oversaw the whole process by living on site.

How'd we do? I've written a pictorial essay, downloadable from Amazon (free if you're a Prime member) for only 99 cents. You can find it…

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Posted on January 29, 2013 at 5:24pm

Building Big Pine Lodge

Hi, I thought it was finally time to chronicle the journey from sketch to permanent home. Starting on June 19 and posting every other day I will show you how we got from an idea to a really great and happy conclusion. I'll do this on my author's blog : Edge of Escape. You can subscribe to emails there if you want to catch all posts or stop in anytime and catch up. When I finish I'll post the completed project as its own…

Continue

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 6:58am

What to do while staring at the logs

After 10 years of planning and one intense year (2006) of building I wanted to share my love of logs in a new way. I had begun writing children's books in 2002 and did a major rewrite to have the action take place at Big Pine Lodge. I wish I had thought of that before our place (the real Big Pine Lodge) was in a couple of issues of Log Home Living (August, 2009 and the 2010 Annual Buyers Guide). . . I missed out on free publicity. Maybe my website and/or my books (for ages 8-12) will inspire…

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Posted on June 4, 2010 at 2:11pm

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At 10:02am on January 8, 2013, Dave and Julie Christiansen said…

Thanks.  I couldn't help but notice your profile.  My son, Greg, also teaches High School, English & Spanish in Lincoln, Montana.  He also writes books.  I thought  that was awesome.

P.S.  Your cabin is beautiful.

At 4:34pm on January 31, 2012, Outdoorsman said…

Thanks for the motivational response.  I keep hearing that log settling and shrinkage may cause maintenance issues down the road. I like the full log concept and your design.  I will check out the builder's site and continue the planning.

At 2:57pm on January 25, 2012, Patty Lovett said…

Thank you Debra!!  =)  We are enjoying our log home.  We still have much work to do, but what's done is so cozy and nice.  The fireplace does make the snow much better...even with this incredibly mild winter thus far.  I'm just like you I never want to leave! 

At 1:34pm on August 22, 2010, Judy & Lee Peacock said…
Thanks so much - we do love it. We are up here right now - heading back to Boston after supper. Then we will be here all week leading up to and including Labor Day weekend.
At 3:11pm on February 5, 2010, Bill Ward said…
That's a really good idea. Actually we have some sign ideas that could be used. I will try to post a picture of our "Log Cabin Airport" sign. Our daughter is quite artistic - I'll bet she could do the artwork.

Thanks again,
Bill
At 3:01pm on February 5, 2010, Otis Farm Log Homes said…
Congradulations! You have a Beautiful home!!! It is stunning!!!
 
 
 

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