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Green By Nature...Not Cause It's Trendy

Since the dawn of time, humans have been forced to be innovative to overcome their problems: For cavemen looking to chase down agile prey, lighter wood was used to make spears move more quickly through the air. For Henry Ford looking to chase down more profit by producing more automobiles, he referenced his own ingenuity, and unveiled the assembly line.



These, and millions of other events, gave birth to the phrase "necessity breeds creation." (You may have heard it a few times,… Continue

Added by Neighborhood Host on August 14, 2008 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Hot for Fall Decor

Looking to refresh your home for fall? Tons of texture, pattern and anything with a nature-inspired motif is hot for the upcoming season. That’s great news for rustic-living lovers. Basic color trends that are a natural fit for log and timber style homes going into 2009 include rich crewel tones like deep reds, chocolate browns, pumpkin orange and deep-hued blues. Anything green is a go as well with the eco-friendly progression in… Continue

Added by Stephanie Hintz on August 14, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

Choosing Exterior Finishes

Proudly beaming in both sun and moonlight, the quintessential log home is an expression of a homeowner’s unique and personalized lifestyle. From a ski resort to mountain lodge to a cabin on the river, your home is a ray of life, extending its welcoming hand out to greet guests and welcome you home. Directing the experience to be either relaxed or stately, the exterior of your home is often the first thing considered before committing to a certain… Continue

Added by Stephanie Hintz on August 14, 2008 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Planning Outdoor Spaces

Increasingly popular, outdoor living spaces can offer additional usable exterior square footage, protection from the heat, cold and precipitation, and even help manage heating and cooling on the interior of your home. And of course, they are a natural fit for rustic homes, typically blending the architecture of the home with natural elements and the topography of the lot.



The choices available today can seem overwhelming, however, by narrowing them down and really designing these… Continue

Added by Stephanie Hintz on August 14, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

PrecisionCraft’s President Loves His Log Home

Jim Young, president of PrecisionCraft Log Homes, has a very unique story behind his own log home. Jim’s uncle, Paul, was the first person to navigate the Salmon River in a jet boat. He accomplished this feat in the early 1960’s and was featured in an article on the cover of Life Magazine, a true explorer for his day.



Paul operated a hunting and fishing lodge on the Salmon and was a part-time miner in the rugged mountains above the river.… Continue

Added by PrecisionCraft on August 13, 2008 at 5:00am — No Comments

Buying a 20 year old cabin

In the midst of our property search we came across a log cabin that suits our needs. It is 20 years old and consists of a 3000 square foot cabin attached to a 1000 sq ft in law cabin. My inlaws have wanted to downsize for a while and it is perfect for them. I have spent all summer in negotiation with the owners and it seems like the deal is going to go through. but soon we will enter home inspection and I am concerned as to what things I should pay particular attention to in a 20 year old home.… Continue

Added by Rich on August 11, 2008 at 11:10pm — 2 Comments

Our future plans for our log cabin

At present we only have a little tin shed 10'X15' on our block.

my immediate plans are to; clear some of the old Redgum trees, get a dozer to level off an acre of land.

build a larger steel shed in a barn style with loft etc

then I can plan for the cabin.

We have a pine plantation right near us and I need to see if I can buy logs from them direct.

I will be doing all the work myself with my Wife Julie and anyone else who would like to volunteer.

I am a Plumber and… Continue

Added by Tim on August 9, 2008 at 5:07pm — 1 Comment

Mix it up?

Sure, I've only been an editor at Log Home Design for four years, but I've been a log home lover for life—and it's easy to see why. Whether it's a mammoth lodge in the Rockies or a cozy cabin in the woods, there's an undeniable strength and warmth that radiates from log homes. Not to mention, the spectacular settings that seem to always go hand-in-hand with log home living....it all definitely makes you wonder why you'd ever build with… Continue

Added by Sara Brown on August 7, 2008 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Builder Bid Administration in Today’s Economy

With new construction of single family homes at its lowest point since the recession of 1991, many people are hesitant to jump into a new construction project. But, the truth is that it is a buyer’s market and smart investors know that now is the best time to get great deals on new construction, especially for log homes.



But, the current economic environment isn’t going to last forever. Most economists expect the housing market to bottom… Continue

Added by PrecisionCraft on August 7, 2008 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Maple Island Log Homes to host open house at the hunting preserve, Deer Tracks Ranch

Fife Lake, Michigan, August 6, 2008—Michigan-based, Maple Island Log Homes announces a unique opportunity for the public to tour one of their designs, the lodge at Deer Tracks Ranch. Situated adjacent to the upscale 1600-acre hunting preserve, Deer Tracks Ranch, this handcrafted lodge is a working facility that hosts hunters and outdoor enthusiasts from around the country.



On Saturday, August 16th from 1-6pm, log cabin aficionados and those interested in building their own log home… Continue

Added by Maple Island Log Homes on August 6, 2008 at 1:46pm — No Comments

"Hey man, where've you been?"

That's what my neighbor asked me over the weekend. We've had a run of picture perfect Montana days and I was hibernating instead of enjoying the great outdoors. In a land where the summers are too short, it should be against the law to stay inside on pretty days, but when the technology gremlins attack... they don't care about the weather or what else you'd rather be doing.



Unfortunately, my hard drive decided to give up the ghost without warning or respect for my… Continue

Added by Tom Heatherington on August 4, 2008 at 6:10pm — 2 Comments

The "Tree Situation"





I'm starting to think all my blog posts are reflecting the theme of "what not to do at your log home" - I'll need to start focusing on the positive - I do do some things right!! Anyways, I had learned and heard early on to make sure there were no trees / shrubs / plants etc. that could touch, compromise the logs of our home. When I looked at the mature trees on my lot - it was a little emotional… Continue

Added by Shelley Martinez on July 31, 2008 at 6:09pm — 2 Comments

Share It

I think when I joined our group I was number 134 or close to it. Being that there were so few of us it was not surprising that very few were lucky enough to own a log home. At last count, I think the number of members is over 530 plus. With that come more folks who own log homes. But I find that most of the people who do own log homes simply state that they are owners and leave it at that. So my request of those of you who do own the home of our dreams is simple, PLEASE SHARE IT. Take some… Continue

Added by Ted on July 31, 2008 at 4:34pm — 5 Comments

Got granite countertops? Might want to check this out...

"...with increasing regularity in recent months, the Environmental Protection Agency has been receiving calls from radon inspectors as well as from concerned homeowners about granite countertops with radiation measurements several times above background levels. “We’ve been hearing from people all over the country concerned about high readings,” said Lou Witt, a program analyst with the agency’s Indoor Environments Division."


Not all countertops have elevated… Continue

Added by Shad on July 27, 2008 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Show season is upon us!

What is the best way to get face-to-face with industry professionals from the top log & timber home companies, maintenance experts, furniture craftsmen, building product dealers, and anyone else who can help build your dream home?



Attend a Log & Timber Home Show!



Our fall season line-up brings us around the eastern United States. We'll be going to Louisville, Charlotte, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Chantilly, and Tampa. Visit… Continue

Added by amber on July 25, 2008 at 4:42pm — 4 Comments

What does 'going green' mean to you? Is the term overused or diluted?

As a baby boomer raised by an energy-conscious mother (heaven help you if you left the water running or didn't turn the lights off when you left the room), I have been a fan of 'green' before the concept was cool.



I'm thrilled to see that the new focus on energy-efficiency, earth-stewardship and healthy products appears to be here to stay.



I'd like to get feedback from our community regarding what these terms mean to you: green - natural - sustainable - eco- (as in… Continue

Added by Laurie Sloan on July 24, 2008 at 5:57pm — 4 Comments

Log Home Neighborhood Now Has 500 Members!

As of 7:30 AM (East Coast Time), the Log Home Neighborhood has 500 members! We would take a minute to pat ourselves on the back for setting this up, but not only would that be corny, it would also take away the credit from the people who deserve it most: You.



Amazed. Blown away. Tickled pink.



These are some of the feelings we've collectively had in the few months since this block party got started. Without you all, we have no community, we have no Neighborhood, and to be… Continue

Added by Neighborhood Host on July 23, 2008 at 12:35pm — 8 Comments

Wishful Thinking

I find it amazing that there are so many people now who are "Log Home Neighbors". At last count there were 495 and growing. I also find it amazing that there are so many people from Florida who are members. Like me they have the vision of a different kind of life. Personally, I've been in Florida now about twenty years, coming from Westchester County in NY. I don't know about the rest of the members from Florida but for my part I'm tired of a year that seems to be made up of endless hot and… Continue

Added by Ted on July 22, 2008 at 10:07am — 7 Comments

My First Time(s)

Do you remember when you got the bug for log home living? When you decided that a log home would be the home of your dreams?



There are two occasions that stick in my mind that I thought I'd share. The first was when I was around 13 and we were visiting my dad's college roommate. About 20 miles east of Payson, AZ, in the White Mountains, is a small community called Kohl's Ranch, built in a valley along Tonto Creek. All sounds very westerny, doesn't it? Anyhow, this community is mostly… Continue

Added by Shad on July 21, 2008 at 9:00am — 11 Comments

Outdoor Lighting



I always had that dreamy vision of what my log home would look like lit up at night. I'm coming in from the lake on my boat (I don't have a boat yet but stick with me), pulling up to the dock and seeing my nicely lighted cabin like a beacon in the sky! Or it's winter, snow has covered the cabin, it's nighttime...well you get the picture. Anyways, the reason I bring this up is the other night when I was taking photos of my "Log home at night" - I… Continue

Added by Shelley Martinez on July 20, 2008 at 9:05pm — 2 Comments

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