Story by Suzanna Logan | Photography by Joseph Hilliard
Along 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…Continue
Added by Kristen Hopf on December 10, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kristen Hopf on December 8, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments
Keeping your log cabin warm throughout the winter is just as much about safety as it is about comfort. Catastrophic damage during a severe storm can put your family in danger and ruin your outdoor getaway. Here are a few key facts that everyone should know about their…Continue
Added by Brooke Chaplan on December 6, 2016 at 2:46pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kristen Hopf on December 6, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments
Pests are a common problem for most homes where critters are prone to finding their way onto properties. For many residents, it can be challenging to protect the building from pests and keep them away long-term. When prepping the property for the winter…Continue
Added by Lizzie Weakley on December 5, 2016 at 1:31pm — No Comments
Photos courtesy of Pan Abode Cedar Log Homes
It’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…Continue
Added by Kristen Hopf on December 4, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kristen Hopf on December 2, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments
One of the most common concerns for homeowners is keeping their property secure while they're away. These concerns are compounded when dealing with a cabin or vacation property that remains unoccupied for weeks or months at a time. Many homes are targeted by burglars who are looking to steal valuable items that are inside of the building. To protect your property and safeguard it, there are a few security solutions to take advantage of for your home away from home.
Added by Rachael Murphey on December 2, 2016 at 5:09pm — No Comments
The latest trend in house hunting is wanting the home to have a man-cave. Many men want a space that is all there’s with no women allowed. This is an area where they can do all sorts of things. While a basement seems to be a common trend, the garage has always been the…Continue
Added by Lizzie Weakley on December 1, 2016 at 1:13pm — No Comments
Winter is well on its way and Jack Frost will soon be nipping at your nose, and a few other body parts as well. When the weather outside gets frightening, nothing is more comforting that retreating to a rustic getaway. But as fall fades, and winter takes its place, it's time to make your special getaway extra cozy. Here are a few tips that might help.
If you are fortunate…Continue
Added by Brooke Chaplan on December 1, 2016 at 1:00am — No Comments
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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…Continue
Added by Kristen Hopf on November 30, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Many people are looking to get more use out of their home and create a place that serves different purposes. The attic is an ideal place to transform to make it a habitable living space that can be enjoyed long-term. To turn your…Continue
Added by Lizzie Weakley on November 29, 2016 at 1:29pm — No Comments
Area harvested: Maine and Great Lakes states Heartwood colors: Light to medium or straw brown Sapwood colors: Nearly white Weight*: Light Heartwood decay resistance: Resistant
Area harvested: Southern states and South…Continue
Added by Kristen Hopf on November 28, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kristen Hopf on November 26, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Most log home buyers finance their purchase. The tax write-off alone makes getting a mortgage enticing even for those rare few who can pay cash. But how do you determine how much house you can afford, and how much of that will come from the bank?
When you’re ready to buy your log home, calculate your target budget by adding your assets and how much you…Continue
Added by Kristen Hopf on November 24, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Kristen Hopf on November 22, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Efficient water systems are more popular than ever, but you might not be quite ready to completely replace their entire plumbing system. Here is a look at a few upgrades and additions that can be carried out in a single afternoon on practically any budget.
Added by Lizzie Weakley on November 22, 2016 at 3:16pm — No Comments
Each 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…Continue
Added by Kristen Hopf on November 20, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments
A smart home automation provides many obvious and not-so-obvious benefits to homeowners. It can reduce the amount of time a homeowner wastes manually performing tasks like setting and resetting the thermostat to control room temperature or turning on and off…Continue
Added by Lizzie Weakley on November 18, 2016 at 6:48pm — No Comments
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…
Added by Kristen Hopf on November 18, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments