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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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Jan 30
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[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.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 Del…See More
Jan 28
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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. 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, leaving home owners in the…See More
Jan 24
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Jan 22
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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
Jan 20
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Benefits of a Log Home Dealer

A builder/dealer may be your main link to your log home producer.When the modern log home industry was starting in the 1970s, many manufacturers found that a successful way to reach new clients was to enlist satisfied customers as sales representatives. These ambassadors of the log home lifestyle approached the work as a sideline or hobby and received little or no training.Over time, some turned their avocation into a livelihood; others became general contractors or log home builders. In was…See More
Jan 18
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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
Jan 16
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5 Tips for Choosing a Log Home Site

What should you look for when you’re shopping for land for your log home site? These five tips will help you narrow the field. 1. Stick with Your Passion When you begin planning, never cut those pastimes short. “Your interests should dictate 90 percent of your decision,” says John Ricketson, a project manager with Hearthstone, Inc. “You want to be in a region close to the activities you like, whether it’s skiing, fishing, hunting or hiking.” With your hobbies as your compass, seek out conducive…See More
Jan 14
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[LOG HOME TOUR!] A Hybrid Log Home is a 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
Jan 12
Kristen Hopf posted a blog post

[LOG HOME TOUR!] A Hybrid Log Home is a 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
Jan 12
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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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How to Choose Your Log Home Producer

With hundreds of exceptional log home manufacturers and handcrafters out there, how do you choose? Here’s how to find the one that can make your log home just the way you want it.Any major purchase is stressful. The idea that as soon as you commit to a choice, it will be difficult — if not impossible — to change your mind can send even the most decisive buyer into a second-guessing frenzy. Buyer’s remorse is NOT something you envision in your dream-home scenario. With hundreds of log home…See More
Dec 27, 2016
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[Log Home Tour!] A Georgia Log Home in the Mountains

A North Georgia log home provides every creature comfort imaginable — all within a lush mountain landscape.Story by Janice Brewster | Photography courtesy of Modern Rustic HomesEach November, Jack and Patty Cartwright host a hayride, bonfire and campout at their log home in the mountains of north Georgia. On average, 250 to 300 friends and clients join the fun.Guests bunk up in the Cartwrights’ five-bedroom home, camp on their land or rent other cabins in the area. “Last year it snowed,” Jack…See More
Dec 26, 2016
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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.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 are prepared as the name implies: People — not…See More
Dec 22, 2016
Kristen Hopf posted a blog post

Benefits of a Log Home Dealer

A builder/dealer may be your main link to your log home producer.When the modern log home industry was starting in the 1970s, many manufacturers found that a successful way to reach new clients was to enlist satisfied customers as sales representatives. These ambassadors of the log home lifestyle approached the work as a sideline or hobby and received little or no training.Over time, some turned their avocation into a livelihood; others became general contractors or log home builders. In was…See More
Dec 20, 2016
Kristen Hopf posted a blog post

Log Home Package/Kit Options

A la carte or all-inclusive — buying a log home starts with the parts of the log home package/kit.The “package,” (sometimes referred to as the “kit”) is the starting point of log homes for obvious reasons — it contains the logs. Logs are the bulk of the building materials used in log homes, rivaled only by stone and, in some cases, glass. So when you’re selecting a package from a log home producer, you’re buying the majority of the structural components that will comprise your log home.The two…See More
Dec 18, 2016

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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…

Continue

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…

Continue

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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