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Log Home Bathroom Makeover for Less Than $100

Updating the log home bathroom can be fun and easy — and inexpensive if you are willing to do the work yourself.

Luxury Log-Home Bath

When homeowners think of updating and remodeling their home, one of the first places they focus on is the bathroom. Updating this area can be fun and easy — and inexpensive if you are willing to do the work yourself.

There are three major components to your…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on May 2, 2016 at 11:33am — No Comments

Log Home Bathroom Makeover for Less Than $100

Updating the log home bathroom can be fun and easy — and inexpensive if you are willing to do the work yourself.

Luxury Log-Home Bath

When homeowners think of updating and remodeling their home, one of the first places they focus on is the bathroom. Updating this area can be fun and easy — and inexpensive if you are willing to do the work yourself.

There are three major components to your…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on May 2, 2016 at 11:33am — No Comments

Timber Block Announces New 15 Year Stain Warranty!

We are very pleased to announce, Timber Block now has a stain warranty up to 15 years!

 Plus, we now have 9 color options to choose from. This, combined with the 3 profile options and the different surface finishes, you now have 192 different ways to…

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Added by Timber Block on April 28, 2016 at 4:29pm — No Comments

Financing Your Log Home - Part 1 of 3

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This 3-part series on Financing your Dream Log Home was co-written by Greg Ebersole, Mortgage Loan Officer/BB&T  and Donald Parsons, Appalachian Log Structures.  Mr. Ebersole has over 16 years in the Mortgage Lending field and specializes in Log Home financing.   Mr. Parsons has spent the last 23 years assisting several hundred satisfied homeowners realize their dream log homes with Appalachian Log Structures.

In recent years, the financing of new custom homes…

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Added by Donald Parsons on April 28, 2016 at 1:07pm — No Comments

A Majestic Log Home with Big Logs

This Colorado couple rebuilds their log cabin on a grand scale--using big logs and a large footprint. Photography by Joseph Hilliard

colorado log home built with big logs

Gunter and Gloria Preuss set high expectations for their log home. “I’m passionate about wood,” says Gunter, a third-generation cabinetmaker, “and I’m passionate about perfection in wood,” Their Colorado home proves his point. The logs add an exclamation mark. “Once we saw these big logs,” Gloria says, “there was no turning…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on April 28, 2016 at 11:50am — No Comments

10 Log-Home Maintenance Myths

You’re probably aware of the concerns some people have about log-home maintenance. Some horror stories have been told about how homes quickly fell into disrepair and thousands of dollars were spent bringing the home back to its original beauty.

The real story is how it got that way. The homeowners were either unaware of wood upkeep or neglected to take care of it. But if you educate…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on April 27, 2016 at 9:31am — No Comments

The Original Log Home Cabins

Looking for anyone that has purchased their log home kits from The Original Log Home Cabins so they can tell us about their experience and quality of materials.

Trying to compare their packages with other companies and the ones we have spoken with of course are bad mouthing each other.

How do you trust who is telling the truth?!

If you have use this company please share your experience with us.

Thanks!

Added by Michael Swabb on April 26, 2016 at 10:22pm — No Comments

Builders in East Tennesse

We are ready to start building our log home but we are not finding many log home builders in East TN. Anyone out there that can recommend any?

Also we have been requesting bids for the different contractors we will be needing and we just dont get many quotes back. They contractors will take all our information, we will send our floor plans and then they just disappear! Is this common for the industry?!

Very frustrating!

Added by Michael Swabb on April 26, 2016 at 10:09pm — No Comments

Delivery Charges for Log Home Kit

We started dreaming about building a log home for our retirement years about 7 years ago. It took us a year but we found the perfect piece of land in TN. After 6 years we claimed ownership on our lot and were ready to find our floor plan. We attended many log home shows, subscribed to the Log Home Living magazine. Researched, clipped, visited websites, etc etc etc.



In January 2015 a representative from a log home contacted us with a great promotion. We shared our dream and budget and… Continue

Added by Michael Swabb on April 26, 2016 at 10:01pm — No Comments

Updating a Classic Log Cabin in Maryland

Spacious outdoor living areas, including a gazebo, deck and porch lure the homeowners outside to enjoy their lush landscaping and lake views.

A sharply pitched roof and a prow front allow for a living room with a soaring vaulted ceiling and large glass windows in this updated classic log cabin.

A classic…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on April 26, 2016 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Don't Fear Wood Shrinkage

Learn more about wood shrinkage and how to handle the resulting settlement instead of trying to avoid it altogether.

Wood shrinkage and the resulting settlement and movement are not problems but characteristics of working with a natural material. Shrinkage becomes a problem only when the log manufacturer, builder or homeowner fails to recognize or respect…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on April 25, 2016 at 10:10am — No Comments

Don't Fear Wood Shrinkage

Learn more about wood shrinkage and how to handle the resulting settlement instead of trying to avoid it altogether.

Wood shrinkage and the resulting settlement and movement are not problems but characteristics of working with a natural material. Shrinkage becomes a problem only when the log manufacturer, builder or homeowner fails to recognize or respect…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on April 25, 2016 at 10:10am — No Comments

Don't Fear Wood Shrinkage

Learn more about wood shrinkage and how to handle the resulting settlement instead of trying to avoid it altogether.

Wood shrinkage and the resulting settlement and movement are not problems but characteristics of working with a natural material. Shrinkage becomes a problem only when the log manufacturer, builder or homeowner fails to recognize or respect…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on April 25, 2016 at 10:10am — No Comments

Protecting Trees During Construction

Building a log home can be hard on the surrounding natural environment, particularly nearby trees. Here are some tips for protecting trees during log home construction.

Happy Earth Day!

People considering a log home welcome the opportunity to plan its look and layout, but how many think about the land it’s being built on? If you’ve bought an acre or more studded with…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on April 22, 2016 at 2:11pm — No Comments

How to Build Your Own Home on Your Own Budget

Nobody likes overpaying for things, especially big expenses like building your own home. Luckily, there are several ways any average Joe or Jane can minimize costs and stick within a budget without having to affect the construction quality of their new home. Here are the top five tips experts advise when building a home on a budget. …

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on April 22, 2016 at 11:34am — No Comments

Tips for Choosing Log Home Windows

When you’re building a new home, having a firm idea of your budget for your log home windows is critical.



Enlisting the aid of a designer or architect will make the process of narrowing choices easier and help ensure you get the most for your money.

Logs aside, some of the other big-ticket items in your build…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on April 21, 2016 at 9:47am — No Comments

How to Increase the Sell-Ability of Your Home

If you are selling your home and want it to stand out from the competition, you are not alone. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so you should do all you can now to make it a memorable one. Buyers should be impressed as soon as they drive up or enter the front door. To improve the look of your home, there are many things you can do to make it more appealing. Here are five easy ways to make your home stand out and get sold more quickly.…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on April 20, 2016 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Living in a Log Home Will Ruin You For Life

Anyone who has ever lived in a log home can testify - there is nothing that can compare to the feeling of waking up and spending your days in a log home.

For those who are still dreaming of building or owning their own log home, don’t give up - dreams DO come true! But beware… there’s a chance that you might never look at drywall the same way, because living in a log home will ruin you for life. Once you go log home, you never go back! Here's why:

Living in a log home, you’ll…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on April 20, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

7 Hot Looks for Your Outdoor Fireplace

As the thermostat drops, nothing can replace the permeating warmth of sitting hearth side in your custom wood home — and who says you can’t bring that same comfort outside? For instant ideas and inspiration for your outdoor fireplace, check out seven of our favorites. Plus, you can click on each photo to take a tour of the entire house!

Outdoor Hearth

1. Set the Scene.…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on April 19, 2016 at 11:16am — No Comments

Six Steps to a Better Log Home Kitchen

These 6 tips could be your recipe for success.



By Roland Sweet

People planning their log home’s interior layout often worry that the undertaking will involve greater challenges than for regular houses. It won’t. Log homes have the same rooms regular houses do, and you live in them the same way. You may desire a dream kitchen as part of your dream…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on April 15, 2016 at 11:47am — No Comments

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