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8 Stratigies For Reducing Log Home Construction Costs

In addition to being a motivation for much of what we do, money is energy. It enables us to go places and do things, including taking care of our families or buying and building a new home. Most of us have a finite amount of this energy, mainly through long years of hard work, patient savings and perhaps the sale of a…

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Added by Donald Parsons on March 7, 2014 at 12:55pm — 1 Comment

Knowledge Is Power

Unless you’re a longtime construction or real-estate professional, the process you take toward cabin ownership is likely going your first foray into that type of experience.



You’re bound to have questions along the way and hard decisions to make. But the more information you acquire over the…

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Added by Whitney Richardson on December 23, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Is this project worth taking on?

I am interested in purchasing this cabin but i noticed rotting on the logs. Would this be worth fixing or does the damage look too severe to fix? Im not looking to make it perfect. I just want to make sure i can safely live in it for a couple years while i build a new house. Thanks…

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Added by zac sloan on November 29, 2013 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Energy Efficiency of Log Homes

A lot has been written about the energy efficiency of log homes.  When discussing this topic with those "none believer's", I usually ask them the square footage of their home, how high the ceilings are in their home and what types of energy they use to power their home.

After determining all of this and then…

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Added by Donald Parsons on November 29, 2013 at 3:06pm — 1 Comment

Concrete Logs or log siding

I would like to know the pros and cons about concrete logs. 

Added by Tim and Anita Dyer on October 30, 2013 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Home for the Holidays

There’s something magical about the holiday season that seems to elevate every aspect of life. The air seems a little crisper. The food always seems better. Even people seem genuinely nicer.  

The key to that, I think, is the thoughtful and giving nature that underlies all the celebrations throughout…

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Added by Whitney Richardson on October 29, 2013 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

A Fireside Chat about Fireplaces in Log Homes

When speaking with folks about their dream log cabin home the 3 features of the home that they are most excited to talk

about are:

  • Master Bedroom/Bath
  • Porches
  • Fireplace

We had fireplaces in the homes I grew up in. Dad always put in the

iron swing bar so we…

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Added by Donald Parsons on September 26, 2013 at 9:57am — 2 Comments

Cabin Caper

Part of the fun of cabin life is the experience. These places are meant for creating family memories. Take one of my favorite memories, for example.

When I was a young girl, I used to love visits to my grandparents' lake house in Oklahoma. My grandfather used to take us out on the boat, where my older cousins got to sun bathe on the front deck of the boat - only the big girls, of which I was never one, were allowed - while I got to help my grandfather drive. Meanwhile, my younger…

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Added by Whitney Richardson on September 17, 2013 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Reality Check

If there’s anything the past few years have taught us, it’s that reality can be a tough pill to swallow sometimes. We’ve all dreamed of creating these perfectly designed cabins, but the truth is that those visions may not equate to what we can actually afford in this day and age.



Through strategic…

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Added by Whitney Richardson on August 27, 2013 at 11:07am — 3 Comments

Putting the Finishing Touches on your Log Home

While I sit here, dreaming of retiring to the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, I spend a good amount of my time envisioning how my log home will look, and more specifically, how I'll decorate it. It can become a challenge to decorate a log home compared to a traditional city townhouse or ranch-style home in a metro area. I've always believed log homes had more character, and with that in mind, I try to focus on how I can enhance the luster my future log home already provides. If you're…

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Added by Rachael Jones on August 15, 2013 at 9:54am — No Comments

Little hunting cabins

Hello everyone!!!  I was looking on the web, and came across some web sites that sell little hunting cabins.  Now if I was a hunter, or fisherman, I would not want to have too much expense in a small cabin.  It is not like I would be planning to live in it.  I have seen some of these small cabins, that are built on trailers so they are mobile. (one would need a really heavy duty truck to move it) Even these modular small cabins seem too expensive.  Then I did a little research, and if you go…

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Added by henry on July 22, 2013 at 5:31pm — 4 Comments

How Log Homes Meet GREEN Building Guidelines

Here is an article from the Log Homes Council website that reviews the GREEN advantages of log home living.  Although I've been in my log home for 20+ years and have been telling folks about these advantages,  it's GREAT to see the Log Homes Council put these in a concise list that pretty much covers it all!

It's…

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Added by Donald Parsons on July 19, 2013 at 3:35pm — 3 Comments

Comfort Zones

There's something magical about the outdoors in the summertime. Having essentially grown up on lakes, I always seem to associate the months of July and August with boating, tubing and water skiing. I find solace relaxing on a deck, and listening to the sounds of fish jump in and out of water. And, of course,…

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Added by Whitney Richardson on June 26, 2013 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Common Demoniator

I have watched, every aspect of log home manufacturers, management, over the years.  I have seen many go out of business, through bankruptcy, whatever reason???  There are four companies, that have had the same Director of Dealer sales, and all four have gone under.  Amerlink,( read news reports) went out, now I don't know if they re started under a different name or not, then there was Tennessee Log Homes,(bbb report) then Kuhns Brothers I have read (news articles) stopped their log home…

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Added by henry on June 19, 2013 at 11:45am — 14 Comments

Log Home Living - Safe in ANY Storm!

People often ask me what the advantages are of living in a log cabin home.  Because I lived in Florida and now live in South Carolina, I tell them that for safety sake, as well as other personal reasons, my custom log home will weather most any storm and survive where frame homes and brick homes will not.

In…

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Added by Donald Parsons on June 14, 2013 at 9:39am — No Comments

Building Basics

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…

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Added by Whitney Richardson on April 24, 2013 at 10:25am — No Comments

Log Home Pricing

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…

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Added by James W. Harbin on April 9, 2013 at 12:36pm — No Comments

What Does It Cost?

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…

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Added by Whitney Richardson on April 8, 2013 at 11:16am — No Comments

How to Properly Compare Log Home Packages.

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…

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Added by Donald Parsons on April 5, 2013 at 11:54am — No Comments

Out One Era and in the Other

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…

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Added by Roland Sweet on March 30, 2013 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

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