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Room-by-Room Rundown
By Loghome.com/Published in Log Home Design

Ever get home from the grocery store only realize that you forgot the milk? To avoid overlooking the staples, refer to this handy chart when planning your home. Determine which spaces you definitely need now and those that would simply be nice to have. Make copies of this worksheet for all family members and see where you agree or disagree.


Special Spaces: Five Unique Areas To Include In Your Log Home
By The Editors | Log Home

Check out these 5 unique areas to include in your log home, why the editors of Log Home Design love them and how to get them.


From the Simple Life Reading Room ... One of Our "Must Read" Log & Timber Frame  Home Articles that will help you find the Log or Timber Frame Home of Your Dreams!


Special Spaces: Five Unique Areas To Include In Your Log Home
By The Editors | Log Home

Check out these 5 unique areas to include in your log home, why the editors of Log Home Design love them and how to get them.


From the Simple Life Reading Room ... One of Our "Must Read" Log & Timber Frame  Home Articles that will help you find the Log or Timber Frame Home of Your Dreams!


8 Inspiring Outdoor Spaces
By Country's Best Cabins staff/Loghome.com

Love outdoor spaces? Check out these 8 inspiring outdoor spaces and develop some ideas of your own. Outdoor spaces can really make a home! The possibilities are endless!


Pre-Retirement Bonus
By: Roland Sweet, Log Home Living

If owning a log home is your retirement dream, why wait? Build now and use it as a second home before you retire. People who did just that told Log Home Living why life's better when you plan for then but enjoy now.


Avoiding Financial Pitfalls
By Mike Haskew/ Log Cabin Homes Magazine

Before the saw connects with the wood, it is always good advice to measure twice and cut once. In other words, avoid those mistakes that cost time and money, and maybe worst of all, turn an otherwise pleasant experience into a frustrating ordeal.


How To Rent A Cabin
By Sarah Brown/Loghome.com

Renting your cabin can be a great way to afford your vacation home and make a little money - just make sure you do it the right way. There are many things to consider. So how can you decide if renting is the right move for you? Read on for expert advice on how to do it correctly.


Landscape Your Property
By Margaret A. Haapoja/Log Cabin Homes Magazine

As you begin to plan your dream log or timber frame home, landscaping should be on the top of your list. A National Gardening Association survey found that a well-designed and maintained landscape can increase the value of your home by as much as 15-25 percent. Planning starts with positioning your home on the site and selecting which trees to remove and which to save.


Country House
By Karen Doss Bowman/Log Cabin Homes Magazine

Log homes have a nostalgic appeal for homeowners longing for a simpler life. And the relaxed, rustic feel of a log home seems right at home plopped in the middle of a grassy meadow, nestled in rolling hills, or tucked away in a thick forest. That’s country living, and many prospective log home owners today are yearning to build on a spread of land set apart from the busyness of American life as we know it today.


Planning a Dream Log Home in 18 Steps
By: Charles Bevier/Loghome.com

A house is much more than just a box with a roof on it to hold our belongings—it’s an extension of who we are and how we want the world to see us. We know this intuitively, of course. That’s why we yearn for a soaring space that echoes the craftsmanship of yesteryear.



Spouse Not Sure About Building A Log Home…
By Log Home Council

Been dreaming of that perfect log or timber frame home but your spouse not quite sure about that style? Download these script and 7 steps to talk with your spouse about your dream.



Land Buying Checklist| Consider these Factors Before Purchasing Land
By Log Home Living editorial staff

Building your dream home will probably be the biggest investment you make so you want to be sure you have everything in order. The place to start is with your selection of land to build the home on. You will need to consider the topography, the views you want to be able to capture, the natural elements such as strong winds heavy precipitation, utilities, access and more.


Choosing the Right Roof
By Peter Lobred

For future timber home owners exploring their roof options, the choices are many. It may surprise some consumers to hear that the material that will top off your new home should be considered early in the design phase, says Joan P Crowe, director of technical services for the National Roofing Contractors Association.


Mountain Haven
by Karen Doss Bowman | photography by James Ray Spahn, Log Cabin Homes Magazine

A Colorado couple builds a mountain-high retirement retreat. Download here this story of the venture of this StoneMill customer along with pics of their dream turning into reality. When Paul and Debby Kenney began planning their dream log home while they were dating during the mid-2000s, the couple envisioned a retirement home they could enjoy growing old together, surrounded by picture-perfect views in southern Colorado.


Ensuring Energy Efficiency
By Mike Haskew, Log Cabin Homes Magazine

Download this article from Log Cabin Homes to discover more about making your log or timber frame home more energy efficient. Important facts you need to know. Those who are constructing their log homes and those who are purchasing an existing structure are likely to find that energy-efficient options exist throughout.


Expert Advice for Outdoor Kitchens
By Loghome.com

Outdoor living areas have become a way of life for many. Download this article to help you plan your outdoor living area to it’s fullest. Consumers should start the planning for outdoor living spaces in the beginning when they are working with their architect or designer.


Lighten Up
By Teresa Hilgenberg

So much attention is given to designing a log home’s exterior. Choosing a log profile and the perfect stain to enhance it is a painstaking process. Corner systems are chosen for aesthetics as much as function. Windows are rarely Plain Jane affairs, but more often feature arched tops and intricate grille designs.


Planning Should Start Early For Interior Design
By Jackie Kennard/Loghome.com

Ever wonder where in the planning stage you should begin planning for the interior design of your new home? Download this article by Jackie Kennard, an interior design expert.

Most design professionals recommend that homeowners begin envisioning their new home’s interior layout and design from the onset of the project. Some people have very clear conceptual visions and aspirations for the finished log home. For the majority of us, however, the vision has not yet evolved.