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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Donald Parsons on October 25, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments
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.
Replace your screens with…
We had fireplaces in the homes I grew up in. Dad always put in the
iron swing bar so we…
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…Continue
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!
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…Continue
Added by Donald Parsons on July 15, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
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.
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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
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…Continue
Added by Donald Parsons on March 28, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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.Continue
Added by Donald Parsons on March 15, 2013 at 4:16pm — 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
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…Continue
Added by Donald Parsons on February 22, 2013 at 11:36am — 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. When trying to compare “apples to apples” you soon learn that it is a virtually impossible task since the material packages are different as well as the…Continue
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This step can take some time to complete and will take some patience. There are several items that most financial institutions require you provide when you apply for your loan. Listed below are just a few:
Last 3-4 years of tax returns and/or W-2’s
Last 3-4 pay…
Added by Donald Parsons on January 16, 2013 at 12:37pm — No Comments
Unless you are building your dream log cabin yourself, you will be speaking with and interviewing several general contractors or if you plan to act as your own general contractor, numerous sub-contractors.
In this process not only is it recommended that you ask for references, but also to call and visit…Continue
Added by Donald Parsons on January 10, 2013 at 11:43am — No Comments
Now that you’ve got your floor plans drawn by your log home manufacturer, you can start gathering more accurate construction costs. Up until now any estimates or quotes you have received have been “any ones guess”. Most quality contractors we hear from won’t provide any type of pricing until a set of log home floor…Continue
Added by Donald Parsons on January 3, 2013 at 10:56am — No Comments