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How to Build a Better Backyard without Breaking Your Budget

Whether your house is big or small, sometimes you just want to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. Your backyard can be a great place for relaxing and entertaining, especially if you put some work into upgrading it. Fortunately, you don't have to spend a lot to create a better backyard when you implement some of these ideas. Turn your yard into a getaway without paying for a vacation!…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on September 26, 2016 at 4:33pm — No Comments

6 Standard Flooring Options for Log Homes

Selecting the floor coverings in a home is among the most challenging aspects of design planning. Here's a summary of your primary flooring options.



Selecting the floor coverings and finishes in a home is among the most challenging aspects of design planning. Where you may limit types and styles of other building materials through the home, flooring dares you to mix and match,…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on September 26, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Living Room Flipped: How to Adapt Your Decor in Your Biggest Space

Your family living room is the heart and soul of your home. It serves as both a refuge from the outside world and a space to entertain guests, which can sometimes make it difficult to decorate in a way that feels authentic to your family. The suggestions below should help you strike that balance between a relaxing atmosphere and a space that feels charming and attractive enough to invite the neighbors over for coffee. …

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on September 23, 2016 at 4:53pm — No Comments

[Log Home Tour!] The American Dream: Building a Log Home

After immigrating to the United States when he was 15, a Brazilian man’s path leads him to the ultimate American Dream — building a log home in California’s sunny Sierra Nevadas.

In his most famous and beloved poem, Robert Frost recommended taking the road less traveled. Victor Mendes went one step further and took one not yet created.

Born in Brazil, Victor and his family came to…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on September 23, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

How to Eliminate Pests From Your Home This Fall

It never fails. Fall hits and annoying pests start to invade your home. At the end of spring into the start of fall, you notice only a few insects in your home. These are scouter bugs that look for secure spots for their nests to spend the winter. To make matters worse,…

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Added by Lizzie Weakley on September 22, 2016 at 1:07pm — No Comments

2016 Fall Foliage Prediction Map

The Fall Foliage Prediction Map for 2016 is here!

The 2016 Fall Foliage Map is the ultimate visual planning guide to the annual progressive changing of the leaves. While no tool can be 100% accurate, this tool, courtesy of SmokyMountains.com, is meant to help travelers better time their trips to have the best opportunity of catching peak color each year.…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on September 22, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Maintaining & Fixing Wood Floors

Need help fixing wood floors in your log home? With a little know-how, you can silence faulty floorboards, repair minor damage and restore a wood floor to its former glory.

Part of the charm of an old wood floor lies in its minor imperfections: the familiar creak of a floorboard; a gentle undulation in the hall; the gouge mark so ancient that the scar has a patina. Any older log home can be…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on September 21, 2016 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Guide to Window Treatments for Log Homes

Everything you need to know about trouble-free window treatments for log homes to enhance (and protect) your log home's interior.



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Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, window treatments for log homes came with limited options—namely curtains, curtains and more curtains. But the times they are a changing.

Today's window treatments all come in all shapes and sizes, including…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on September 14, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

How to Diagnose Frozen Plumbing Pipes in Your Cabin

Frigid winter weather can cause your household plumbing pipes to freeze, and in some cases, burst. Protecting your home's pipes from winter's icy grip is something you should think about before the cold winter winds blow. The following tips will help you safeguard your pipes from…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on September 14, 2016 at 11:36am — No Comments

9 Log Home Energy Efficiency Tips

When it comes to log home energy efficiency, what are the best ways to save money on your monthly utility bills? These 9 retrofits will help to not only cut down on your monthly costs, but also keep you warmer during the cold months.

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apting their practices to meet the latest energy code requirements and ensure that the homes they build comply. But what about existing log homes? If you’ve been in your…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on September 13, 2016 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

The Threat of Water Damage: 7 Signs You Need to Update Your Plumbing

It's important to stay on top of home repairs in order to save money and hassle down the road. This is definitely true of your plumbing. Watch for these seven signs you need to update your plumbing in order to feel confident you are investing your money…

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Added by Lizzie Weakley on September 12, 2016 at 7:17pm — No Comments

Log Home Floor Plan Basics: Ten Tips

Your log home floor plan is the roadmap to your new home, and you’re in the driver’s seat. Get ready to start the engine with these tips.

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Everyone knows your home's floor plan should reflect the way you live. So how do you match the vague notion of lifestyle with a black-and-white blueprint? Easy. Chip away at that obscurity by outlining the specifics, such as how you live and…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on September 12, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Basics of Log Home Design

Building a home is an excellent opportunity to make certain your log home design suits your family's needs. Here's how to start.



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If your current house wasn't built expressly for your family, you know all too well what it's like to "make do"— living in a design planned without regard for your specific needs. Without even realizing it, you probably are wasting…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on September 12, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Advice For Building a Better Log Home

Think ahead before breaking ground and you can avoid costly mistakes. Here are 4 tips to help you build a better log home, plus a bit of info about how to save your property's trees during construction.

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Properly orient your home on your building lot.



To build a better log home, consider not only how each room takes in views, but also the sun’s path and prevailing winds. Also, make sure the location of your well and septic system doesn’t prevent you…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on September 9, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

5 Roof Issues and How to Fix Them

Finding leaks or moisture can be the most alarming indication of roof damage. Log home owners often neglect their roof, and it can be the most expensive type of home repair. You should always examine your roof following any severe weather. You can also save yourself costly repairs by…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on September 8, 2016 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Masonry Heaters and Bakeovens for Your Log Home

Combining the ancient wonders of nature with innovative design and technology, Tulikivi masonry heaters bring energy-efficient warmth and character to any home.

For the full slideshow of photos, visit…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on September 8, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Heating and Cooling for Your Log Home

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

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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, conditioning your log home’s interior air, room by room, with mini-splits is not only conscientious and fiscally smart, it can solve a lot of headaches…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on September 8, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Heating and Cooling for Your Log Home

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

wheelhaus-caboose-interior

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, conditioning your log home’s interior air, room by room, with mini-splits is not only conscientious and fiscally smart, it can solve a lot of headaches…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on September 8, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Heating and Cooling for Your Log Home

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

wheelhaus-caboose-interior

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, conditioning your log home’s interior air, room by room, with mini-splits is not only conscientious and fiscally smart, it can solve a lot of headaches…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on September 8, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Heating and Cooling for Your Log Home

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

wheelhaus-caboose-interior

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, conditioning your log home’s interior air, room by room, with mini-splits is not only conscientious and fiscally smart, it can solve a lot of headaches…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on September 8, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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