Don’t Fear Wood Shrinkage

Wood shrinkage and the resulting settlement and movement are not problems but characteristics of working with a natural material. Shrinkage becomes a problem only when the log manufacturer, builder or homeowner fails to recognize or respect it. While it is important and under certain conditions even critical, most settlement and shrinkage concerns are more for […]

Log Fix-Its: DIY or Pro?

All homes suffer damage of one kind or another. Log homes are no different. Some repairs you can do yourself. Others will need an expert.
Accidental Damage
You may accidentally mar the surface of your wall. Many homeowners decide it’s just a “character feature” and let it be. If you decide to fix it, you have several […]

Non-Log Materials Needed to Build Your Log Home

When building a log home, you must know how to account for the non-log materials necessary to complete your home's overall look.

Recycle Those Trees

If you’re clearing a wooded lot to build your log home, don’t hire someone to haul away the trees you cut down. At the very least, they’ll probably make good firewood. But you might be able to do better.

In a few cases, the trees you cut down can be used for your house logs. Just […]

Why Every Log-Home Company Doesn’t Sell Cedar Logs

If cedar has such good natural preservatives, why doesn’t every log-home company sell cedar logs?

A: You’ve indirectly answered your own question. Buyers often wonder whether there’s a best wood for logs. Well, if there were, it makes sense that every company would have to use it or else lose business to competitors who did. Truth […]

Video: Choosing Corners For Your Log Home

This video will discuss the different types of corner systems and construction methods available for your log home project.

Video: The Difference Between Log & Timber Homes

Log and timber homes are defined by the way they are built and the material they’re made from.

Restoring a Neglected Log Home

Take your log home from grunge to glory in 4 steps.

7 Questions to Answer Before You Start Building

Answer these questions to make sure you’re ready to build.
By Jim Cooper

1. Do you own the land where your home will be built?
This might seem obvious, but homes are started every year on the assumption that the owner holds clear legal title to the construction site. When a lending institution is involved, its requirements will […]

What’s the Difference? How Handcrafted and Milled Logs Compare

Learn the differences between handcrafted and milled logs.