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[Log Home Tour] Energy Efficiency & Modern Design

This modern interpretation of a log home is full of function, energy-efficiency and uncommon style.

Rich Kinsman is surrounded by the beauty of log and timber frame homes everyday. As the vice president of sales at his family’s Ontario-based business, 1867 Confederation Log & Timber Frame, Rich has seen it all — from over-the-top log palaces to tiny…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 5, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

[Log Home Tour] Energy Efficiency & Modern Design

This modern interpretation of a log home is full of function, energy-efficiency and uncommon style.

Rich Kinsman is surrounded by the beauty of log and timber frame homes everyday. As the vice president of sales at his family’s Ontario-based business, 1867 Confederation Log & Timber Frame, Rich has seen it all — from over-the-top log palaces to tiny…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 5, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Six Simple Solutions for Organizing Your Most Disastrous Rooms

We've all heard the excuse "creative clutter" used when dealing with a mess and that there's nothing wrong with a pleasantly lived-in room. However, when the mess starts to build and diminish a room's natural space and appeal, it might be time to do a little organizing. Here's a simple breakdown guide to quickly getting any room in your house back in working order.…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on August 4, 2016 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Considering All Angles of an Open-Concept Plan

An open-concept plan is all the rage these days, but is it right for you?

When my husband and I started planning our log home a few years back, I was giddy at the thought of an open floor plan. The interconnectivity, lines of sight and communal togetherness all appealed to me.

Fast forward a few years, and I confess that some of my initial…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 4, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Considering All Angles of an Open-Concept Plan

An open-concept plan is all the rage these days, but is it right for you?

When my husband and I started planning our log home a few years back, I was giddy at the thought of an open floor plan. The interconnectivity, lines of sight and communal togetherness all appealed to me.

Fast forward a few years, and I confess that some of my initial…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 4, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Considering All Angles of an Open-Concept Plan

An open-concept plan is all the rage these days, but is it right for you?

When my husband and I started planning our log home a few years back, I was giddy at the thought of an open floor plan. The interconnectivity, lines of sight and communal togetherness all appealed to me.

Fast forward a few years, and I confess that some of my initial…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 4, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

5 Ways to Make Your Log Home That Much Better

In recent years, more people have realized the beauty and stability of log homes. These homes add an air of tranquility and beauty to almost any setting. If you just purchased or built a log home, or if you've owned one for a long time, there are several things you can do to improve its…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on August 3, 2016 at 4:21pm — No Comments

Water Conservation or Beautiful Landscaping?

With these three tips, you can have water conservation AND beautiful landscaping — and save your cash for other projects.



Whether you reside along the banks of a river or hundreds of miles from the nearest lake, you’re likely more aware of water conservation than ever. Variations in weather patterns and ongoing droughts have highlighted the importance…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 3, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

[Log Home Tour] Deep in the Forest in Georgia

Trading concrete and steel for natural and real, an outdoorsy couple creates their ideal retreat from the Atlanta heat deep in the forest in a Georgia log home.

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Mike and Diana Davis are executives for prominent organizations in Atlanta. To be close to work, they reside in a condo in the heart of the city. But this young couple longed for a refuge from steel and glass; they wanted a natural home in a wooded location conducive to pursing their active outdoor…

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

Desert Living: How to Keep Your House Cooler This Season

If you live in a hot and dry climate, you know how unbearable desert summers can be. Seems like all you want to do is sleep next to the air conditioning vents. Luckily, keeping your home cooler this season won’t be challenging if you follow a few easy steps. By implementing each of these procedures on a regular basis, your energy costs will reduce dramatically and you’ll use your air conditioner less often.…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on August 2, 2016 at 10:25am — No Comments

Tips to Sell a House Faster

Selling a house can be tedious and will often take up more of your time than you anticipated. With the help of a few tips, though, you can spruce up your house and make sure that it gets sold in no time. Nevertheless, be prepared for the fact that finding the right buyer will take time, and will often seem discouraging.…

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Added by Tyler M. Newport on August 1, 2016 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Taking an Energy Audit in Your Log Home

After a flood soaked his family’s log home, Paul Peebles thought he just had a water problem, but soon he discovered air leakage was a bigger issue. Thanks to a thorough energy audit, he could see exactly where and how to fix it.



By Paul Peebles

Thirty years ago, I became a log home owner by default when my parents purchased a farm near our home in Nashville. The property came with a broken-down log house that my mother was determined to restore, and she did.

In…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on August 1, 2016 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Taking an Energy Audit in Your Log Home

After a flood soaked his family’s log home, Paul Peebles thought he just had a water problem, but soon he discovered air leakage was a bigger issue. Thanks to a thorough energy audit, he could see exactly where and how to fix it.



By Paul Peebles

Thirty years ago, I became a log home owner by default when my parents purchased a farm near our home in Nashville. The property came with a broken-down log house that my mother was determined to restore, and she did.

In…

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

Tricks to Get a Country Chic Look on Your Home's Exterior

If you are redoing your home's exterior, why not consider going all out and incorporating some country chic décor ideas. It is simple, stylish, and classic enough to be in vogue for a long time to come. It is also easier to care for as well since most of the elements are rustic and a little bit of weathering is a good thing. If you think you might like to go country chic, consider a few of these suggestions to help your home’s exterior get you there.…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on July 29, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Snug Spaces in Log Homes

From bathrooms to bunkrooms, every log home needs that one restful retreat. Cuddle up with some of our favorite snug sanctuaries.



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This cozy enclosed porch’s stone hearth spans the width of the room, providing ample storage and a warm atmosphere.

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What kid wouldn’t have a blast in this six-bed bunkroom? A different Pendleton-style blanket tops each mattress for a…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on July 29, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Benefits of Basic Log Home Maintenance

An industry pro shares how smart siting and a basic log home maintenance schedule enabled his exterior stain to last for 20 years without a single touch up.

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My family has a place in Middle Tennessee that we’ve owned since 1987. We call it simply, “The Farm.” Twenty years ago this December, the 100-plus-year-old log cabin original to the property burned to the ground. Being avid…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on July 28, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

How to Protect Your Log Walls

Your goal is to protect your log walls from moisture infiltration, air infiltration and heat loss. Here are some things to look for while inspecting your log walls.

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Cracks (checks) in outside logs, particularly upward facing ones 1/2-inch and wider on walls without adequate overhangs to protect them from rain should be properly filled.

Install a tightly fitted piece of foam backing (available in thicknesses ranging from 1/4-inch up to several inches.…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on July 27, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Protecting Trees During Log Home 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.

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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 mature trees, you probably can’t wait until the home is built…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on July 26, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

5 Essentials for Getting Your Cabin off the Grid

One of the benefits of having a cabin is getting away from the noise and light pollution of the city. However, if you want to feel even more independent from the world and take care of the environment at the same time, you should try and get your cabin off the grid as much as…

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Added by Brooke Chaplan on July 25, 2016 at 6:15pm — 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.



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…

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Added by Kristen Hopf on July 25, 2016 at 10:32am — No Comments

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