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5 Tips for Choosing a Log Home Site

What should you look for when you’re shopping for land for your log home site? These five tips will help you narrow the field.



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1. Stick with Your Passion



When you begin planning, never cut those pastimes short. “Your interests should dictate 90 percent of your decision,” says John Ricketson, a project manager with Hearthstone, Inc. “You want to be in a region close to the activities you like, whether it’s skiing, fishing, hunting or hiking.” With your… Continue

Added by Kristen Hopf on November 12, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

3 Reasons to Add on to Your Garage

Your garage is one of the largest spaces in your home--and one of the first to fill up. Between cars, outdoor equipment, and all the items that you store in your garage throughout the year, it doesn't take long before you're wondering where you're going to find more space. By adding on to…

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Added by Lizzie Weakley on November 11, 2016 at 6:01pm — No Comments

Conquer Your Closet: 4 Home Organization Tips

Walking into a cluttered closet in the morning is no way to start your day! Investing a little bit of time and effort into organizing your closet will increase the functionality and appearance of your closet. As an added bonus, an organized closet will also save you time. The…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on November 11, 2016 at 11:44am — No Comments

Honoring US Veterans with Log Home Living

Join us at Log Home Living as we celebrate, commemorate and honor our United States veterans and service men and women this Veterans' Day.

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Here are the stories of three United States veterans who had the opportunity to start new after coming home from war, thanks to Operation FINALLY HOME.

Operation FINALLY HOME provides custom-built, mortgage-free homes to wounded, ill and…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on November 11, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Choosing a Log Home Builder

Picking the right person to build your home is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Our 1-2-3 strategy will get you on the right track to finding a log home builder.



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1. Check Him Out for Yourself



If a builder is having an open house or is displaying a project on a home-and-garden tour, sign up. Not only are these a lot of fun and a bounty of great ideas, they will…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on November 10, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Choosing Wood Species For Your Log Home

The ins and outs of wood species, their characteristics and how they react to becoming part of your log home.



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More than two dozen species of wood are commonly used to build log homes in North America. Almost all are softwoods: evergreens such as pine, cedar, fir, cypress, hemlock and spruce. Although each log home producer favors certain species, the successful use of so many varieties is a clear indication that there’s not one type of tree that makes a better log…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on November 8, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

[Log Home Tour!] Hybrid Log Home is a Riverside Refuge

A majestic hybrid log home fulfills one family’s dreams of lazy days lounging by the water.



Story by Suzanna Logan | Photography by Joseph Hilliard

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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 been…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on November 6, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Make Sure Your Log Home is Built to Last

Thanks to building systems, modern log homes can stand up to even the toughest assailants nature can throw at them.



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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 structural…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on November 4, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

How to Get the Perfect Log Home Design For You

Our six keys to getting the perfect log home design.



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Dreams. This is where every log homeowner’s journey begins. Drooling over magazine photos and model homes, analyzing ideas,…

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

[Log Home Tour] A NY Arts & Crafts Log Home

In New York's Catskill Mountains, one couple builds an Arts and Crafts log home.

arts and crafts log home exterior This woodsy retreat presents a low silhouette with varied roofline. It’s modeled after a Greene and Greene home in California but, unlike its inspiration, it features 12-inch white pine…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on October 31, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Log Home Lighting Design

Illuminating ideas for the lighting design that's right for every room of your log home.



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By Murray Arnott

We all have been in homes in which we feel particularly relaxed and comfortable. Or we have worked in spaces that seem to energize us and spark our productivity. A well-lit home is much more than simply selecting and placing fixtures.

Once you have a grasp of the basic…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on October 28, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Cozy Comfort: 6 Ways to Stay Warm This Winter

Summer is gone and the winter wind is stirring. While you’re looking for a break from the heat, you dread the struggle to fight off the chill of the season. The good news is you don’t have to drain your wallet to keep your home warm. Instead, indulge in one of the ways…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on October 26, 2016 at 5:40pm — No Comments

How to Take Care of Your Yard and Garden in a Wet Climate

Extremely damp climates come with special challenges for those trying to keep their gardens healthy. In order to thrive, plants need their roots to be dry most of the time. If you live in a damp climate, don’t give up on gardening. Follow these simple tips for a stress…

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Added by Lizzie Weakley on October 26, 2016 at 5:27pm — No Comments

The New Rustic Log Home

Take one part architectural heritage and two parts highly functional design. Mix it well, and you have the perfect recipe for a beautifully rustic yet very modern log home... the new rustic log home!

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There was a time when the word “rustic” was used to mean unrefined, artless — even backward. Those days are long gone. The term has come to embody the beauty and simplicity of nature, and in our technologically driven times, the pursuit of all things natural has become…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on October 26, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

[Log Home Tour!] A Hybrid Half-Log Home in Wisconsin

A Wisconsin hybrid half-log home mixes materials into a home that enchants.



Photography by Dan Hoffman

Courtesy of Tomahawk Log & Country Homes

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Just as many log homes come to be, the “Beaver Creek” by Tomahawk Log & Country Homes is the result of taking ideas from other existing floor plans, combining them and then adapting them to suit the lot, as well as the owners’ desires and budget. And the result is nothing short of…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on October 24, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

[Log Home Tour!] A Hybrid Half-Log Home in Wisconsin

A Wisconsin hybrid half-log home mixes materials into a home that enchants.



Photography by Dan Hoffman

Courtesy of Tomahawk Log & Country Homes

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Just as many log homes come to be, the “Beaver Creek” by Tomahawk Log & Country Homes is the result of taking ideas from other existing floor plans, combining them and then adapting them to suit the lot, as well as the owners’ desires and budget. And the result is nothing short of…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on October 24, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Designing a Beautiful Log Home Dining Space

A log home dining space won’t necessarily improve your cooking, but it will make meals more satisfying. It’s as if wood whets appetites. So, log homes need a special spot for dining. Thanks to open layouts, many log homes lack separate dining rooms, preferring space near the kitchen or living room — or both — with a table able to seat a crowd.…


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Added by Kristen Hopf on October 22, 2016 at 3:30pm — 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.



By Mary Ellen Polson

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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 expected to have floors that…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on October 20, 2016 at 3:30pm — 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.



By Mary Ellen Polson

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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 expected to have floors that…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on October 20, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

[Log Home Tour!] 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.



Story by Stacy Durr Albert

Photography courtesy of Golden Eagle Log Homes

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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…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on October 18, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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