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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…


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…


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…


Added by Donald Parsons on February 22, 2013 at 11:36am — 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. 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…


Added by Donald Parsons on February 8, 2013 at 5:10pm — No Comments

Order your Log Home Package – Step #10 in Planning for Success

Now that you've successfully completed the previous 9 steps in Planning a Successful Log Home Project you are ready to order your log home building materials.

Remember to contact your helpful and knowledgeable …


Added by Donald Parsons on February 1, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Construction Loan Application - Step #9 in Planning for Success

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

Choosing a General Contractor - Step #8 in Planning for Success

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…


Added by Donald Parsons on January 10, 2013 at 11:43am — No Comments

Log Home Construction Costs - Step #7 in Planning for Success

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…


Added by Donald Parsons on January 3, 2013 at 10:56am — No Comments

Purchase Log Home Floor Plans - Step #6 in Planning for Success

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…


Added by Donald Parsons on December 28, 2012 at 11:50am — No Comments

Timeline for a new Log Home - Step #5 in Planning for Success

Some folks will set a date that they want to be moved in to their new log home like Christmas, Thanksgiving or a special anniversary or birthday. Setting goals are a great idea but they need to be matched with realistic expectations. If you’ve never had a custom home built before, now may be the time to…


Added by Donald Parsons on December 26, 2012 at 2:48pm — No Comments

A Perfect Log Home Setting - Step #3 in Planning for Success

Having a successful log home building project requires lots of planning. Last time we discussed the importance of prequalifying and establishing a budget.

Today we’re on to Step #3 – Selecting a Building Site. If you already own the property on which you will be building your log cabin…


Added by Donald Parsons on November 30, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Log Home Building Budget - Step #2 in Planning for Success

Step #2 – Prequalify and Establish your Budget. Even if you are in a cash equity situation and do not have to have a lending institution involved in your building project it is recommended that you set a budget for the project. Be realistic when…


Added by Donald Parsons on November 29, 2012 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Building A Log Home - Research is #1 Key to Planning Success

It’s true. Planning is the most time-consuming and important part of building a log home. Over the next few weeks we will be reviewing ten steps that will bring you closer to making your best move yet!

Step #1 – RESEARCH. Magazines, books,…


Added by Donald Parsons on November 15, 2012 at 1:24pm — 1 Comment

We're MORE Than a Producer of Log Homes!

Most people think of Appalachian Log Structures as a producer of log cabin homes, but we're SO much more than that.

In the past few years there has been a resurgence of remodel, repair and restoration of existing homes and log homes. In addition, there has been an increasing interest in hybrid homes which are…


Added by Donald Parsons on November 1, 2012 at 2:52pm — 1 Comment

Halloween, Trick or Treat and Appalachian Log Structures

Remember the good old days - when you would put on your home made or store bought costume and walk the neighborhood with your friends trick-or-treating from door to door? We used to use paper bags from the grocery store or pillow cases to hold all the goodies that were…


Added by Donald Parsons on October 26, 2012 at 3:20pm — No Comments

On My Honor - Appalachian Log Structures & The Boy Scouts

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

I'm sure there are plenty of you who remember growing up in the "scouts". Whether it…


Added by Donald Parsons on October 13, 2012 at 11:51am — No Comments

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 make their morning and evening tour of the back…


Added by Donald Parsons on October 7, 2012 at 9:58pm — No Comments

Design a Classic Kitchen for your Dream 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…


Added by Donald Parsons on September 27, 2012 at 3:01pm — No Comments

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