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Kristen Hopf
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Facebook Contest: TV Room Throwdown

With the Super Bowl approaching, now is the time to ask the eternal question: Who has the best place to watch the game? Enter…Continue

Tags: TV, rooms, football, contest, Facebook

Started Jan 26, 2016

Small Log Cabin Storage Tips

15 steps to get the most from a small home.Small log homes remain popular for two reasons: They’re affordable and provide close-quarter comfort. Squeezing everything into a cozy design can be…Continue

Tags: cabins, home, log, small, storage

Started Oct 23, 2015

 

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A Typical Log Home Construction Schedule

Follow along a typical log home construction sequence of events.The entire construction process for a modest log home (built by a pro) ranges from four to six months, but it can run a year or more for large or complex designs. Factors that affect construction time include seasons, weather, availability of labor/subcontractors and builder expertise. Builders’ processes may vary, but use this order of events as a guide to benchmark your log home’s progress.1. Clearing & excavatingCut or grade…See More
Dec 30, 2016
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Choosing Wood Species For Your Log Home

The ins and outs of wood species, their characteristics and how they react to becoming part of your log home.More than two dozen species of wood are commonly used to build log homes in North America. Almost all are softwoods: evergreens such as pine, cedar, fir, cypress, hemlock and spruce. Although each log home producer favors certain species, the successful use of so many varieties is a clear indication that there’s not one type of tree that makes a better log home than another. Instead, the…See More
Dec 12, 2016
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[Log Home Tour!] A Hybrid Riverside Refuge

A majestic hybrid log home fulfills one family’s dreams of lazy days lounging by the water.Story by Suzanna Logan | Photography by Joseph HilliardAlong a wooded peninsula high above the gentle twists and turns of Wisconsin's Eagle River — about 100 feet above to be exact — a bald eagle's nest rests precariously in a pine tree.“The nests can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and are hanging from branches the size of your arm,” says Mike Manske, who has been watching the birds come and go from their…See More
Dec 10, 2016
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Make Sure Your Log Home is Built to Last

Thanks to building systems, modern log homes can stand up to even the toughest assailants nature can throw at them.Log homes are built tough. Where other types of housing have succumbed to extreme weather like hurricanes and tornadoes, their log home neighbors have stood strong. Why? It’s all thanks to a carefully engineered building system.A building system is a pre-determined way of assembling the various components to ensure high levels of structural integrity. Simply put, it’s a plan. How…See More
Dec 8, 2016
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How to Get the Perfect Log Home Design For You

Our six keys to getting the perfect log home design.Dreams. This is where every log homeowner’s journey begins. Drooling over magazine photos and model homes, analyzing ideas, searching for that unique floor plan that says, “I’m the one.” Even if you’re designing your home yourself, chances are you’ve taken more than a passing glance at the stash of log home stock plans out there. And if you are going with one of your log home producer’s plans, you’ll more than likely make a few modifications.…See More
Dec 6, 2016
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Building a Log Home on the Water

Photos courtesy of Pan Abode Cedar Log HomesIt’s no wonder waterfront settings are popular spots for log homes. After all, coastal, lakefront and riverside properties provide gorgeous views, an all-access pass to water sports and activities, and a peaceful backdrop for your own getaway retreat.But there are some challenges to building on the water. For example, many areas have stringent setbacks and building requirements you’ll have to…See More
Dec 4, 2016
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What is a Log Building System?

In addition to its superior good looks, a log building system works a little differently than conventional construction. Here’s how. Most houses’ weight is supported vertically, but a log home’s structural support comes horizontally, with the load of the house and its components resting almost entirely on its perimeter log walls. It’s critical that they be built to precision. This is known as the joinery system.The load-bearing surfaces that touch are known as the horizontal surfaces. These…See More
Dec 2, 2016
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Popular Log Home Wood Species

A sampling of popular log home wood species and their attributes.Northern White CedarArea harvested: Maine and Great Lakes states Heartwood colors: Light to medium or straw brown Sapwood colors: Nearly white Weight*: Light Heartwood decay resistance: ResistantBald Cypress (Red & Yellow)Area harvested: Southern states and South Atlantic Heartwood colors: Earlywood medium yellow brown, latewood amber to dark brown Sapwood colors: Nearly white Weight*: Moderate Heartwood decay resistance:…See More
Nov 30, 2016
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Modern Log Home Design Styles

The modern log home can look and feel any way you want it. Check out these current log home design styles for inspiration. Adirondack style log home.[/caption]Everyone is familiar with “the little log cabin in the woods.” It’s the quintessential log home style, and it’s a charmer to be sure. But don’t feel restricted by the expected.The beauty of log home design is in its versatility. Truly if you can envision it, there’s a designer and a log home producer out there who can make your vision a…See More
Nov 30, 2016

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Kristen Hopf's Blog

Profiles & Corner Styles for Log Homes

When selecting the size, shape and look of the logs, the log home buyer is spoiled for choice. Here’s how to navigate your options.



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So now that you know the timber options from which to choose, how do you turn this raw material into a home?

First you need to choose whether you want the look of a milled or handcrafted home. The primary differences here are the size and uniformity of the logs and the technique used to prepare them.

Handcrafted logs…

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Posted on January 30, 2017 at 8:00pm

Profiles & Corner Styles for Log Homes

When selecting the size, shape and look of the logs, the log home buyer is spoiled for choice. Here’s how to navigate your options.



Estemerwalt_0046

So now that you know the timber options from which to choose, how do you turn this raw material into a home?

First you need to choose whether you want the look of a milled or handcrafted home. The primary differences here are the size and uniformity of the logs and the technique used to prepare them.

Handcrafted logs…

Continue

Posted on January 30, 2017 at 8:00pm

[LOG HOME TOUR!] A Dream Log Cabin Built in Under Six Months

Smart pre-planning and diligent weekend work helped this Tennessee couple build their dream log cabin in under six months.

exterior log cabin

Having construction know-how doesn’t just provide the obvious cost savings of being able to serve as your own builder-- it can also help you get your home erected and ready to move into in under six months.

That was the timeline provided to Pat and Carion Markland for creating their log cabin in…

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Posted on January 28, 2017 at 8:00pm

5 Smart Strategies for Log Home Lighting

How you light your interior spaces can make or break your log home's overall feel. But with so many options to choose from, deciding on the right log home lighting can be an overwhelming task.

pmh3677hh-Dining-Room How you light your interior spaces can make or break your log home’s overall feel. But with so many options to choose from, finding the right light can be an overwhelming task,…

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Posted on January 24, 2017 at 8:00pm

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