Recently I ran across this blog on houzz.com (written by Bud Dietrich, AIA) and thought it was very relevant to any building project. Several of the points he covers below I've touched on in my blog posts, but thought another point of view besides mine might be…Continue
Added by Donald Parsons on January 2, 2015 at 4:28pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Donald Parsons on August 29, 2014 at 1:47pm — No Comments
"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,…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Donald Parsons on June 2, 2014 at 10:01am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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