When prospective cabin and log-home owners first begin to look at all the options available to them, it can be a little daunting. To start, it’s a custom building project, which is very different from the standard home purchase to which most people are accustomed. Logs are also a different building product than most homeowners are accustomed to in terms of construction technique and design aesthetic — which, of course, is part of the draw of building with them in the first…Continue
Added by Whitney Richardson on April 24, 2013 at 10:25am — No Comments
Hello Folks, Love the blog on square foot pricing. As a Dealer/Builder that question is usually the first one asked. I don't easily volunteer that information except to say that all log homes are custom and can vary according to the bells and whistles. We like to help them find a design so that we can give them a turnkey estimate. Our package supplies all the components needed to build up to cabinets and mechanicals. The package price reflects close to one third of total costs to build a…Continue
Added by James W. Harbin on April 9, 2013 at 12:36pm — No Comments
That, of course, is the million-dollar question for any prospective cabin owner. It's usually followed up with an inquiry on the cost per square foot. The problem with trying to quote flat numbers in regard to custom-home building is exactly that — it's a custom project, which means it's susceptible to any number of variables, from the design you chose to the finishing touches you select.
I had the opportunity to chat with a number of company representatives at the Log & Timber…Continue
Added by Whitney Richardson on April 8, 2013 at 11:16am — No Comments
If you’ve done any research at all comparing log home companies one of the first things you realized is that they all offer different types of packages or materials. When trying to compare “apples to apples” you soon learn that it is a virtually impossible task since the material packages are different as…Continue
Added by Donald Parsons on April 5, 2013 at 11:54am — No Comments
One day, I’m convinced, you’ll be able to buy your log home online, probably from Amazon. I don’t begrudge them their success. I have an Amazon credit card for the reward points because I buy so much stuff from them. I wish they sold even more because I love free shipping. But they’re killing independent stores. I wouldn’t mind, except one of them is ours.
That’s right. The Log Home Bookstore has gone out of business. I remember when I started at Log Home…Continue
People who make their living selling log homes regularly inform me at log-home shows that they want customers who’re ready to build, not just wishful thinkers. But anyone wishing for a log home is ready to build it. They just haven’t cleared the hurdles to make it happen.
The past four or five years, a lot of people have been postponing their dream. Now, instead of sitting on the sidelines they’re finally making their move.
Every time I walk out of my home through my garage, I cringe at the number of bins and boxes piled high along the sides. There are storage units that look more organized. I think I would be less annoyed if I hadn't actually invested in organizational products that were supposed to prevent this exact type of thing. But life happens, and with it comes enough clutter to fill, well, a garage.
Some of the cleanup is simple - getting rid of things that are no…Continue
Added by Whitney Richardson on March 11, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
Welcome Spring! With such a light winter in the South this year it seems that the carpenter bees are beginning to hatch a bit earlier than normal. If you live in a home (log home or otherwise) with wooden structures like porches, decks, fascia trim, etc. now is the time to begin thinking about how to protect…Continue
This is an excerpt from an article written by our International Marketing and Sales Manager Nadia O'Hara of Perma-Chink Systems, Inc. For the whole story please follow the link at the bottom of the page.
Eighth Wonder of the World …Continue
Added by Kevin Piatz on February 27, 2013 at 12:24pm — No Comments
As noted on many occasions within Country's Best Cabins, cabins aren't defined by metrics but rather a feeling. Each person has a unique cabin experience, resulting in his or her unique approach to creating a dream retreat.
The variety of rustic materials on the market…
Added by Whitney Richardson on February 25, 2013 at 11:57pm — No Comments
Timber Block homeowners Michael and Victoria Boomgarden have always dreamed about building their own log home. After years of thinking about it, hours spent looking through log home magazines, and driving past other log cabins, the Boomgardens decided to get serious and began their research.
Added by Timber Block on February 13, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Seeing the pictures of Nemo's effects on the Northeast may be enough to make you second-guess building in an area subject to extreme weather. But ample snow can be manageable with the right design in mind.
Snowfall and its relation to the site should be a major point of consideration at the onset of the design process. Many people may try to take a plan and just put it on the site, instead of making adjustments, which can result in water issues in the home or drainage around the home.…Continue
Added by Whitney Richardson on February 11, 2013 at 12:41pm — No Comments
If you’re in a post-holiday slump, one way to lift your spirits is to attend a log-home show. The 2013 show season is just getting under way, with shows being held all across the United States through next fall. Click here for a current schedule of upcoming shows.
Each show is different, yet all can help you move closer to owning a log home. If nothing else, they prepare you for what lies ahead along the…Continue
There are certain marketplace products that transcend purpose and functionality, and become an embodiment of a lifestyle or mindset. Take Jeeps or Harleys. These brands are so distinct among cars and motorcycles that to own one grants you membership into a special club, as owning one implies inherent…Continue
Added by Whitney Richardson on December 29, 2012 at 12:21pm — No Comments
Assuming that you have progressed through the first 5 steps in the Successful Planning series you have now completed your research, set a realistic budget, know where you are going to build your log cabin home, sketched some log home floor plan ideas on paper and are within the building/move in timeline you have set…Continue
Added by Donald Parsons on December 28, 2012 at 11:50am — No Comments
Each year, Pantone Color Institute selects a color from its spectrum that reflects trends in a variety of industries, including architecture, fashion and furnishings. For 2013, Pantone has chosen emerald as its color of the year — a "lively, radiant, lush" shade of green.
"Today, it is a good thing to be green," says Laurie Pressman, vice president of Pantone, noting that people are adding more green foods to their diet, and companies are using green packaging to emphasize…Continue
Added by Whitney Richardson on December 16, 2012 at 12:37pm — No Comments
Chances are good that if you own a log home, it is likely somewhere near or in a mountain and after the leaves fall, so does the snow. While it may make for a beautiful winter landscape right outside your front door, all that snow can lead to wet, slippery and icy conditions that make it treacherous…Continue
Added by Robyn Sorenson on December 7, 2012 at 9:07pm — No Comments
Although we haven't yet seen snow around our offices, colder temperatures and chilly winds are definitely here. So it won't be before long until we're pulling out the ice scrapers and road salt to battle the onset of wintry mixes.
However, because we tend to see less of this inclement weather than other…
Added by Whitney Richardson on December 3, 2012 at 5:55pm — No Comments
When you want to buy a new house you have to take out a mortgage loan. Mortgage loans are secured loans which you have to pay back at the end of the…Continue
Added by Jason Muller on November 22, 2012 at 2:30am — No Comments
Journalism school taught me that you begin with the important news and put the stuff that matters least at the bottom. I was reminded of this lesson when I received this email from a log-home company:
THIS ELECTION IS FINALLY OVER. AND, IT'S TIME FOR ALL OF US TO LIVE OUR LIVES AGAIN. THERE WAS SOME GOOD IN THE ELECTION FOR ALL OF US.…Continue