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August 2016 Blog Posts (39)

Trimming Landscape: How to Have the Best Looking Yard in Your Neighborhood

Having a great looking yard is a source of pride to most homeowners. A good looking yard shows that you care about your property. To your neighbors and passersby, your yard indicates a respect for your entire neighborhood. These tips can help you to have a fantastic looking yard all…

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Added by Lizzie Weakley on August 12, 2016 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Heating and Cooling Tips for Your Log Home

When it comes to heating and cooling your log home, the best strategy may be to divide and conquer.

Have you heard of a ductless mini-split heating/cooling system? Don’t despair – many people in the United States haven’t.

But with wildly fluctuating energy costs and an emphasis on reducing fossil-fuel consumption,…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 12, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A Home for a Veteran - A Soldier's Gift

“The resources you supply don’t just build homes, they rebuild the broken minds, bodies and spirits of the service members and their families you help.” — Sgt. Mario Murray, U.S. Army

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Two years ago, life was a constant struggle for U.S. Army Sgt. Mario Murray. He worried about how he was going to take care of his family and where they would live. Mario’s long list of physical injuries and the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) he received from a deployment to…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 11, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Woodsman: Master Craftsman & Furniture Maker

A master craftsman and furniture maker, Kelly Maxwell specializes in highly-figured wood, harvested right here in the U.S.A.

When a furniture-maker has as much artistic talent as Kelly Maxwell, you’d naturally assume he’s been working with wood all his life, starting as a hobby when he was a boy and then honing his craft through his teens and into…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 10, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Building an Air-Tight Log Home

Windows and doors can be a home’s biggest perpetrators of inefficiency. But you can block leakage and build an air-tight log home.



By Dan Mitchell

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Energy efficiency is on everyone’s mind. When it comes to home building, it’s actually mandated by increasingly stringent codes.

Some people think that there’s no way to make a log home air tight, but that’s simply not true. The fact is that the primary air-penetration problem areas are exactly the…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 9, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

[Log Home Tour] Escaping Florida's Heat in a Canadian Log Home

A Miami couple finds shelter from Florida’s intense summer swelter in a lovingly restored Canadian log home.



It was one of those kismet moments, when destiny steered a dynamic man toward a house in dire need of some tender loving care.

Lee Morris and his wife Jeannine, an American couple from Miami, were visiting friends in Montreal who…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 8, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Why You Need an Above Ground Pool in Your Backyard

Today, above ground pools are equipped with features similar to most in-ground swimming pools, and at times offer even more benefits. Above ground pools provide the same fun experience as the larger backyard pool installations, albeit with comparatively less maintenance and expense. Listed below are reasons why you need an above ground pool in your…

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Added by Lizzie Weakley on August 5, 2016 at 6:51pm — No Comments

[Log Home Tour] Energy Efficiency & Modern Design

This modern interpretation of a log home is full of function, energy-efficiency and uncommon style.

Rich Kinsman is surrounded by the beauty of log and timber frame homes everyday. As the vice president of sales at his family’s Ontario-based business, 1867 Confederation Log & Timber Frame, Rich has seen it all — from over-the-top log palaces to tiny…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 5, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

[Log Home Tour] Energy Efficiency & Modern Design

This modern interpretation of a log home is full of function, energy-efficiency and uncommon style.

Rich Kinsman is surrounded by the beauty of log and timber frame homes everyday. As the vice president of sales at his family’s Ontario-based business, 1867 Confederation Log & Timber Frame, Rich has seen it all — from over-the-top log palaces to tiny…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 5, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Six Simple Solutions for Organizing Your Most Disastrous Rooms

We've all heard the excuse "creative clutter" used when dealing with a mess and that there's nothing wrong with a pleasantly lived-in room. However, when the mess starts to build and diminish a room's natural space and appeal, it might be time to do a little organizing. Here's a simple breakdown guide to quickly getting any room in your house back in working order.…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on August 4, 2016 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Considering All Angles of an Open-Concept Plan

An open-concept plan is all the rage these days, but is it right for you?

When my husband and I started planning our log home a few years back, I was giddy at the thought of an open floor plan. The interconnectivity, lines of sight and communal togetherness all appealed to me.

Fast forward a few years, and I confess that some of my initial…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 4, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Considering All Angles of an Open-Concept Plan

An open-concept plan is all the rage these days, but is it right for you?

When my husband and I started planning our log home a few years back, I was giddy at the thought of an open floor plan. The interconnectivity, lines of sight and communal togetherness all appealed to me.

Fast forward a few years, and I confess that some of my initial…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 4, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Considering All Angles of an Open-Concept Plan

An open-concept plan is all the rage these days, but is it right for you?

When my husband and I started planning our log home a few years back, I was giddy at the thought of an open floor plan. The interconnectivity, lines of sight and communal togetherness all appealed to me.

Fast forward a few years, and I confess that some of my initial…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 4, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

5 Ways to Make Your Log Home That Much Better

In recent years, more people have realized the beauty and stability of log homes. These homes add an air of tranquility and beauty to almost any setting. If you just purchased or built a log home, or if you've owned one for a long time, there are several things you can do to improve its appearance, value, and quality.

Landscaping

Every home can benefit from…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on August 3, 2016 at 4:21pm — No Comments

Water Conservation or Beautiful Landscaping?

With these three tips, you can have water conservation AND beautiful landscaping — and save your cash for other projects.



Whether you reside along the banks of a river or hundreds of miles from the nearest lake, you’re likely more aware of water conservation than ever. Variations in weather patterns and ongoing droughts have highlighted the importance…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 3, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

[Log Home Tour] Deep in the Forest in Georgia

Trading concrete and steel for natural and real, an outdoorsy couple creates their ideal retreat from the Atlanta heat deep in the forest in a Georgia log home.

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Mike and Diana Davis are executives for prominent organizations in Atlanta. To be close to work, they reside in a condo in the heart of the city. But this young couple longed for a refuge from steel and glass; they wanted a natural home in a wooded location conducive to pursing their active outdoor…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 2, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Desert Living: How to Keep Your House Cooler This Season

If you live in a hot and dry climate, you know how unbearable desert summers can be. Seems like all you want to do is sleep next to the air conditioning vents. Luckily, keeping your home cooler this season won’t be challenging if you follow a few easy steps. By implementing each of these procedures on a regular basis, your energy costs will reduce dramatically and you’ll use your air conditioner less often.…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on August 2, 2016 at 10:25am — No Comments

Taking an Energy Audit in Your Log Home

After a flood soaked his family’s log home, Paul Peebles thought he just had a water problem, but soon he discovered air leakage was a bigger issue. Thanks to a thorough energy audit, he could see exactly where and how to fix it.



By Paul Peebles

Thirty years ago, I became a log home owner by default when my parents purchased a farm near our home in Nashville. The property came with a broken-down log house that my mother was determined to restore, and she did.

In…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 1, 2016 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Taking an Energy Audit in Your Log Home

After a flood soaked his family’s log home, Paul Peebles thought he just had a water problem, but soon he discovered air leakage was a bigger issue. Thanks to a thorough energy audit, he could see exactly where and how to fix it.



By Paul Peebles

Thirty years ago, I became a log home owner by default when my parents purchased a farm near our home in Nashville. The property came with a broken-down log house that my mother was determined to restore, and she did.

In…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 1, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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