Big Sky Wonder

A Montana home showcases splendid scenery and a novel log look.
Story by Roland Sweet
Photos courtesy of Pioneer Log Homes

To say this log home fulfills a lifelong dream is no exaggeration. Californians Karen and Tom spent their early years together backpacking and camping in the Rockies and realized there was where they wanted to build a […]

A Dream Log Home in Ohio

A couple’s hard work pays off in the home of their dreams.
Story by Roland Sweet
Photos courtesy of Coshocton Crest Lodge

Few people build their own log home these days, but some relish fixing up old ones. Mike and Chelsea Palubiak are two of those people.

The Ohio couple bought their log home in 2011, intending it for […]

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Cozy to the Max: How to Use Your Small Space Effectively

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: Renovation of a Mount Hood Ski Lodge

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

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 at North Carolina Log Home

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 […]

Log Homes in Waterside Settings

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 […]

A Gathering Place in Virginia

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 […]

The Home of a Log-Home Builder

A North Carolina home launches the owner’s second career.

Photoscourtesy 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 scientist […]