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What is a Log Building System?

In addition to its superior good looks, a log building system works a little differently than conventional construction. Here’s how.



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Most houses’ weight is supported vertically, but a log home’s structural support comes horizontally, with the load of the house and its components resting almost entirely on its perimeter log walls. It’s critical that they be built to precision. This is known as the joinery system.

The load-bearing surfaces that touch are…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on January 20, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Read the latest Honest Abe Living

The January-February 2017 edition of Honest Abe Living showcases a custom home in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley built to accommodate the trophies of a big game hunter. Honest Abe Log Homes’ co-owner writes about the loss of the Smith…

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Added by Honest Abe Log Homes on January 20, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Benefits of a Log Home Dealer

A builder/dealer may be your main link to your log home producer.



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When the modern log home industry was starting in the 1970s, many manufacturers found that a successful way to reach new clients was to enlist satisfied customers as sales representatives. These ambassadors of the log home lifestyle approached the work as a sideline or hobby and received little or no training.

Over time, some turned their avocation into a livelihood; others became general…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on January 18, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Popular Log Home Wood Species

A sampling of popular log home wood species and their attributes.

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Northern White Cedar

Area harvested: Maine and Great Lakes states Heartwood colors: Light to medium or straw brown Sapwood colors: Nearly white Weight*: Light Heartwood decay resistance: Resistant

Bald Cypress (Red & Yellow)

Area harvested: Southern states and South…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on January 16, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments

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.”…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on January 14, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

[LOG HOME TOUR!] A 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…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on January 12, 2017 at 7:38pm — No Comments

Easy Additions To Make Your Off-Grid Home A Modern Marvel

The idea of living without electricity, cable, and a white picket fence is horrifying for many people. Modern homeowners are so accustomed to modern convenience culture that when there’s a minor power outage, they panic. No lights. No TV. What are they supposed to do? Spending the night without the Internet is like spending the night in a prehistoric cave. In fact, chances are back-to-the-land living…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on January 11, 2017 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Renovation ROI: 4 Remodels That Are Always Worth The Investment

As homeowners add or upgrade the home, each dollar spent requires a thorough evaluation. Before a splurge, decide whether it's smart to include these investments long-term. During the for-sale period, these pleasures may backfire when buyers view the home. It may sell eventually, but gaining a profit is…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on January 10, 2017 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Low Water Pressure Problems: 5 Probable Causes to Investigate

Ideally, your home's main supply should deliver water at 45 to 55 psi. While high water pressure will cause damage to your plumbing system, low water pressure can make it difficult to wash dishes, take a shower, and fill up a washing machine. The good news is there…

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Added by Lizzie Weakley on January 4, 2017 at 4:16pm — No Comments

A Typical Log Home Construction Schedule

Follow along a typical log home construction sequence of events.



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The entire construction process for a modest log home (built by a pro) ranges from four to six months, but it can run a year or more for large or complex designs. Factors that affect construction time include seasons, weather, availability of labor/subcontractors and builder expertise. Builders’ processes may vary, but use this order of events as a guide to benchmark your log home’s…

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

How to Choose Your Log Home Producer

With hundreds of exceptional log home manufacturers and handcrafters out there, how do you choose? Here’s how to find the one that can make your log home just the way you want it.



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Any major purchase is stressful. The idea that as soon as you commit to a choice, it will be difficult — if not impossible — to change your mind can send even the most decisive buyer into a second-guessing frenzy. Buyer’s remorse is NOT something you envision in your dream-home…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on December 27, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

[Log Home Tour!] A Georgia Log Home in the Mountains

A North Georgia log home provides every creature comfort imaginable — all within a lush mountain landscape.



Story by Janice Brewster | Photography courtesy of Modern Rustic Homes

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Each November, Jack and Patty Cartwright host a hayride, bonfire and campout at their log home in the mountains of north Georgia. On average, 250 to 300 friends and clients join the fun.

Guests bunk up in the Cartwrights’ five-bedroom home, camp on their land or rent…

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

Profiles & Corner Styles for Log Homes

When selecting the size, shape and look of the logs, the log home buyer is spoiled for choice. Here’s how to navigate your options.



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So now that you know the timber options from which to choose, how do you turn this raw material into a home?

First you need to choose whether you want the look of a milled or handcrafted home. The primary differences here are the size and uniformity of the logs and the technique used to prepare them.

Handcrafted logs…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on December 22, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Update #7 on our Little Log House on the Hill- 3 years later and 10,000 sq feet

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 Update #7 on our "Log House on the Hill" blog. Follow the link to read our latest adventure and progress. This is year #3 for our hybrid log home building process..and oh my! This is what happens when a ghost tour owner who deals in Spirits...and an engineer get together and build their dream house.

Our goal? No mortgage!…

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Added by Sherri Brake Queener on December 20, 2016 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Benefits of a Log Home Dealer

A builder/dealer may be your main link to your log home producer.



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When the modern log home industry was starting in the 1970s, many manufacturers found that a successful way to reach new clients was to enlist satisfied customers as sales representatives. These ambassadors of the log home lifestyle approached the work as a sideline or hobby and received little or no training.

Over time, some turned their avocation into a livelihood; others became general…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on December 20, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Home Maintenance 101: Knowing When to Hire a Plumber

One of the toughest determinations for homeowners is when to call a plumber. Simple plumbing problems are easy to fix: dripping faucets, leaky toilets, replacing worn washer hoses and clogged drains can usually be handled with a few tools and an instructional YouTube video.…

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Added by Lizzie Weakley on December 19, 2016 at 8:40pm — No Comments

Log Home Package/Kit Options

A la carte or all-inclusive — buying a log home starts with the parts of the log home package/kit.



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The “package,” (sometimes referred to as the “kit”) is the starting point of log homes for obvious reasons — it contains the logs. Logs are the bulk of the building materials used in log homes, rivaled only by stone and, in some cases, glass. So when you’re selecting a package from a log home producer, you’re buying the majority of the structural components that…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on December 18, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Preparing Your Home for Winter: 3 Ways to Take Care of Your Plumbing

Ice and snow may be fun in winter, but not when they're forming inside your plumbing. Frozen pipes can burst inside your house, causing thousands of dollars of water damage. Here are some tips on how to…

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Added by Lizzie Weakley on December 16, 2016 at 6:01pm — 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 provide a…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on December 16, 2016 at 8:30am — 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.

3-Satter.Sandlin.6208-23

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 provide a…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on December 16, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

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