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Should You Choose A Log Home?

I believe that log home consumers need to be better informed. I have been involved in log home construction since the late 1970's when I was the wood products specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, Texas A&M University. There has been much improvement in the log home industry since then, but the consumer pitfalls are still plentiful. This is why I wrote a book asking the important question, "Should You Choose A Log Home?". It is available at Amazon.com. My hope is that…

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Added by Charles L. Stayton on August 27, 2016 at 2:46pm — No Comments

Quick Fix: Five Easy Sink Repairs You Can Learn Yourself

Your home’s kitchen and bathroom sinks are some of the most heavily used fixtures in your home. From rinsing off vegetables to washing your hands, there is plenty of dirt, grease, and grime that gets washed into the sink. This use often results in sink problems like blockages and other issues. Learning how to fix small problems yourself saves you money and time.…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on August 26, 2016 at 5:49pm — No Comments

Log Home Maintenance FAQs

Your log home maintenance FAQs answered!

How long will a log home last?



More than a million log homes built in the United States in the 19th century are still standing. Many are still being used as primary residences. As long as you protect your log home from weather and moisture, you will ensure its longevity.

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How do log homes keep the rain and wind from coming in between the logs?



First, the logs themselves are shaped and…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 26, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

[Log Home Tour] A Wisconsin Log Homestead

There isn’t a scrap of drywall to be found in this Wisconsin full-log homestead.



Photography courtesy of Golden Eagle Log Homes

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What happens when an all-American couple wants the quintessential American house? Nothing short of perfection. But like many things worth waiting for, perfection doesn’t come quickly. The owners of this 3,270-square-foot log homestead spent more than a decade planning and preparing for their house.

First they purchased…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 25, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

A Log Home Changed a Hero’s Life

Retired Staff Sgt. Vincent Gizzarelli, his wife Jamie and their children were all smiles the day they their mortgage-free log home changed a hero's life.



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When it comes to facing challenges, few do it better than veterans who have put their lives in jeopardy and sacrificed time with family to serve on the front lines for our country.

Retired Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Vincent Gizzarelli and his family are among the many that have experienced a trying…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 23, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Plumbing Blunders: 5 Signs You Need a Professional

When it comes to your home’s water lines, you want to keep them in perfect working condition. Even a slow leak can lead to massive repair bills down the road if it goes unchecked. There are some problems you can take care of on your own, like clearing a minor clog or…

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Added by Lizzie Weakley on August 22, 2016 at 6:06pm — No Comments

[Log Home Tour] A Long Distance Love Affair

Not ones to let a little extra mileage stand in the way of what they want, a South Carolina couple finds their ideal log home provider in Northern Maine and build their long distance log home from all the way down the coast.

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There’s a common misconception among log home enthusiasts that in order to have one of these wood beauties of their own, they have to have a log home producer in their back yard.



It’s a notion that couldn’t be further from the…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 22, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

American Presidents Born in Log Cabins

As election season heats up, we share the seven American Presidents born in log cabins.

Few things are as iconically American as the frontier log cabin. And of the United States’ 44 presidents, seven of them have been born in…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 19, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Delineating Space in an Open Floor Plan

While uninterrupted layouts have their benefits, you may need to do a lot of thinking about how to delineate each of the areas within open floor plans.



Photos courtesy of Kalaty Rug Corporation

RH-783_Room_setting_ In today’s open-plan homes, comfort knows no boundaries. Airy open living spaces are more popular than ever,…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 18, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

[Log Home Renovation] Log Home Fixer Upper

A creative couple take on a log home fixer upper and achieve their dream retreat in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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It started with a doorbell.

In 2008, Ohio resident Patti Paquin purchased a bronze moose-themed doorbell plate as an anniversary present for her husband Ray. The gift came with a note: “For our future log and timber frame home. Now we just have to build…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 17, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Proving the Energy Benefits of Log Homes

Testing has shown that though the R-value of a log is technically low, log homes are energy efficient. Read on to learn about the energy benefits of log homes.



By Rob Pickett

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The log home industry has always been challenged when the question of energy efficiency is raised. Wood conducts heat, but it does not perform in the same way insulation products do. Yet the ongoing message from log home owners is that their homes are warm, comfortable and more…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 16, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Proving the Energy Benefits of Log Homes

Testing has shown that though the R-value of a log is technically low, log homes are energy efficient. Read on to learn about the energy benefits of log homes.



By Rob Pickett

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The log home industry has always been challenged when the question of energy efficiency is raised. Wood conducts heat, but it does not perform in the same way insulation products do. Yet the ongoing message from log home owners is that their homes are warm, comfortable and more…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 16, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Proving the Energy Benefits of Log Homes

Testing has shown that though the R-value of a log is technically low, log homes are energy efficient. Read on to learn about the energy benefits of log homes.



By Rob Pickett

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The log home industry has always been challenged when the question of energy efficiency is raised. Wood conducts heat, but it does not perform in the same way insulation products do. Yet the ongoing message from log home owners is that their homes are warm, comfortable and more…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 16, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A Mountain Log Home in New Hampshire

A mountain log home in New Hampshire with one-of-a-kind craftsmanship serves as a year-round mountain getaway for its Florida family.

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As you feast your eyes on this undeniably rustic retreat set in New England’s White Mountains, you’d never guess that its owners also have a sophisticated Tuscan-themed home in sunny Florida. After all, the two house styles — and their locations — are about as different as night and day.

“We knew that our home in the mountains…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 15, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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…

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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

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