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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…

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Added by Donald Parsons on August 29, 2014 at 1:47pm — No Comments

Celebrate National Log Cabin Month with Appalachian Log Structures

On June 7th 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives formally recognized the log home industry in the United States.

"America’s log cabin industry as a quintessential symbol of the American pioneering spirit, embodying America’s strength and ingenuity," said Congressman Reid Ribble (R-WI) in the Congressional Record.

"Log cabins, whether used for recreation or as primary residences, are economically sustainable,…

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Added by Donald Parsons on July 16, 2014 at 2:15pm — 1 Comment

Are Your Log Homes to Code?

From the NAHB website - an informative article about Log Home building codes.

By Rob Pickett, Rob Pickett & Associates

Log homes. They spark the imagination with images of pioneers, ax in hand, clearing the land and using the very trees they fell to…

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Added by Donald Parsons on June 2, 2014 at 10:01am — No Comments

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

Log Home Construction Bids - How do Builders Charge?

Sorting out the differences between ‘fixed bid’ and ‘cost plus’.

custom log cabin home Even if you plan on doing some or all of the work on your log home yourself, you will still need specialty contractors, including plumbers, electricians and HVAC installers. This is why you need to understand how these trade professionals charge for their services.

You will be contracting with a builder or subcontractors to…

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Added by Donald Parsons on January 17, 2014 at 11:23am — 2 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

The World through the Windows of my Log Home

The weather is now cooler and I can work in my home office with the windows open and take advantage of the nice breezes and lower humidity.  I over look a small part of the back lawn and on in to the back 10 acres or so of woods.  Recently a clutch of turkey have been making their morning and evening tour of the back yard…

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Added by Donald Parsons on October 25, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments

October Maintenance Checklist for your Log Home.

October is the first full month of fall; by the end of this month, most of your winterization should be completed. Falling leaves and dwindling daylight signal a final opportunity to do some outdoor organizing before winter settles in.

Reinforce windows

Replace your screens with…

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Added by Donald Parsons on October 18, 2013 at 10:25am — 2 Comments

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

Cook up a Classic Kitchen in Your Log Home!

With all of the cooking shows on TV and the inspiration and creativity they inspire it's a wonder anyone eats out anymore!  However if you've been to a restaurant lately, you may wonder who is cooking at home!  I think the shows are just making us food snobs so we can intelligently criticize the meals that are…

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Added by Donald Parsons on July 29, 2013 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

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

Test Drive a Log Home this Summer!

We're well in to summer and hopefully you've had a chance to have some fun with friends and family so far.  If you are still in the planning stages for a wonderful weekend or a short escape to some beautiful parts of this country here are some ideas that will include some rental log cabin…

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Added by Donald Parsons on July 15, 2013 at 11:00am — No 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

Where in the World is Appalachian Log Structures?



Since 1979 we've been manufacturing and pressure treating quality log homes and log home building products.  Today, we're continuing…

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Added by Donald Parsons on May 10, 2013 at 12:11pm — 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

Protecting Your Log Home Against Forest Fires!

Dad was a forester, earning his degree from WVU (West Virginia University) and working in the woods or around timber for most all of his life. Spending a season or two in fire towers he passed along his respect for the proper care and treatment of forests to his kids and immediate family – especially his…

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Added by Donald Parsons on March 28, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Not ALL Log Home Logs Are Created Equal!

There are some that think the logs used in log homes are created equal. That's why many potential consumers think all logs should all be…

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Added by Donald Parsons on March 22, 2013 at 10:28am — 2 Comments

More than just Log Homes!

Although we've blogged before that we do more than just log homes, I thought you might like to see and read about some of the projects Appalachian Log Structures has been working on this year that are more than just log homes.

A few years ago our…

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Added by Donald Parsons on March 15, 2013 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Carpenter Bees, Log Homes and other Wooden Structures

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…

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Added by Donald Parsons on March 8, 2013 at 4:56pm — 5 Comments

It's Not Easy Being Green - Log Homes & the Environment

For those of us log home enthusiasts who remember Kermit the Frog, we’ll also remember his song “It’s not easy being green”. Of course back then he was singing about something other than saving the environment. In today’s world of marketing, the word green has taken on a whole different meaning. Google search…

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Added by Donald Parsons on February 22, 2013 at 11:36am — No Comments

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