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First, Do No Harm
By Laura Cleveland/Log Cabin Homes Magazine

All doctors are familiar with the phrase, “First, do no harm.” It’s part of the Hippocratic Oath they swear to uphold once they become doctors. It means that they will treat patients to the best of their ability and judgment without doing them any unnecessary harm. When you are planning your new log home, why not treat it and the property you are building on as your patient and do your best not to disturb or contaminate it or the other living things you will be sharing it with?

Smooth Transitions
By Bridget McCrea/Log Cabin Homes Magazine

Proper estate planning can go a long way in ensuring a smooth transition of finances and property to the next generation. Without this advance planning, the situation can become muddled, frustrating, and downright expensive for your heirs. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take now to ensure the most successful passing on of your legacy log home.

By John Morrell | Log Home Living

The average American uses 140 to 160 gallons of water per day. And it's not just from long showers or leaving the water on while brushing your teeth; half that amount is used to irrigate the landscape around our homes.

The Staycation | At Home Vacation
By Lisa Fields | Country's Best Log Homes

Rising airfare. Fees for checked bags. Gas prices. It's tough out there, which means that for many, taking a family vacation this year may not be in the cards. But why travel at all when your new log home can be a residence and a getaway rolled into one?

Second Thoughts
By Donna Peak/Log Cabin Homes Magazine

Longing for that log cabin vacation getaway? Opening your second home to renters could offset the cost. The dream of owning a second home is far from dead.

Keeping Your Log Home Dry | Savvy Builder | Log Home Living
By Jim Cooper

Summer delivers lots of rain in a hurry, and your home and landscaping can feel the brunt of it. This article will help you properly plan for the deluge and stay high and dry no matter the season.

Make My Mantel Marvelous
By Whitney Richardson/

Log and Timber Frame homes are a great place to get creative with your mantel. Download this article to get inspired to get creative with your mantel. So many options!.

Guest Privileges
By Country's Best Cabins editorial staff/

23 tips for designing visitor-friendly homes. Whether your idea of the perfect getaway is a four-star hotel or a quaint bed and breakfast, you can incorporate some of those characteristics into your cabin — creating the ideal retreat for you and your guests.

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!

Eco-Friendly Fireplaces, Wood Stoves, & Alternatives
by Jennifer Donahue/Log Cabin Homes Magazine

Nothing sets a cozy, romantic mood like the crackle of a fire in the fireplace. The smell, the warmth and the glow can make a house feel like home. But for heating purposes, are fireplaces or stoves an environmentally-sound choice?

5 Tips To A Healthier Home

Do you know that some of your home’s finishing materials could be emitting toxins into the air you breathe? Here you will find lots of tips to keep your home a healthier home. From types of woods emitting VOCs. Some paints also release VOCs. Be sure to ventilate your home properly.

Additionally, having a clean-burning fireplace will help your home’s indoor air quality. This article contains many important tips. A must read for a good healthy home.


10 Tips For Small Homes
By editorial staff –

Smaller Can Offer Big Rewards

Just because you reduce the square footage does not mean you can’t keep your living room, kitchen and master bath large enough to make your home enjoyable. Download this article to learn the tips on making your smaller home a comfortable home.


Tips for Open Layouts
By Log Home Council – National Association of Home Builders-Building Systems Councils

Open layouts are a popular feature of log homes. It can be difficult to capture just the right open concept you are looking for but these tips for avoiding missteps when planning your interior spaces will help.