Cozy to the Max

15 steps to get the most from a small home.
Small log homes remain popular for two reasons: They’re affordable and provide close-quarter comfort. Squeezing everything into a cozy design can be challenging, however. When planning your small home, it helps to have a couple of tricks up your sleeve.

1. Borrow space within an open floor […]

Rustic Living in a Wisconsin Log Home

A Wisconsin home proves that half-logs are better than none.
Photos by Scott Amundson

Most people who choose half-log homes do so to modify the log look, usually with drywall. Not so for the owners of this home, located on 6.2 acres with 250 feet of lake frontage in northwestern Wisconsin. They wanted wood from floor to […]

New Look for Old Logs

A facelift transforms a Mount Hood home into an inviting ski lodge.
Story Donna Pizzi
Photos by BlackstoneEdge.com

At first glance, these Vancouver, Washington, homeowners believed that the fully furnished log home they purchased from its previous owners in Government Camp, Oregon, would be perfect for their needs. It was clear from the beginning, however, that the home’s […]

True Bliss

An urban couple designs their North Carolina mountain resort home.

Photos by Roger Wade
Story & Styling by Debra Grahl

One visit was all Chuck and Mary Bliss needed to realize Leatherwood Mountains was the perfect community to build a second home. Situated near Boone, Blowing Rock and Wilkesboro, North Carolina, the gated resort spans just under 4,000 […]

Down by the Waterside

Of all the popular settings log homes enjoy, water is the most welcoming. Mountains and woods may be wonderful to look at, but only water invites you to join it. Lakes, rivers, even ponds offer refreshing recreation and serenity that make log homes joys to be at and to behold.

Bridge to Somewhere. Shoreline settings enrich […]

Gathering Place

A Virginia home rolls out the welcome mat.
Photos courtesy of Appalachian Log Structures

Log homes aren’t just about the logs. There’s also how they’re featured in the home’s design. The owners of this three-story home in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley blended D-shape white pine logs with elegant timber elements to create a second home where their whole […]

Role Model

A North Carolina home launches the owner’s second career.
Photos courtesy of Broyhill Wiles Log and Timber Frame Home Builders

People are curious about log-home builders’ homes. One assumption is that they’ll be the ultimate showplaces. More often, however, a different ethic prevails. Such is the case with this appealingly modest custom home. Its owner was a […]

Rocky Mountain Wonder

A Colorado post-and-beam home showcases logs in a different light.

Sweet Home, Alabama

A roomy retreat offers respite from the workaday world.

Custom features and fine craftsmanship distinguish this hewn-log home, located in southwest Alabama, not far from the owners’ primary residence. The couple fancied a retreat for study, reflection and solitude, away from their busy routines, but also a special place where they might entertain clients, friends and […]

Lakeside Dream

A Michigan home is a family and friends magnet.