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    Choosing the Right Roof

    A summary of your options to top off your home.


    Fall and spring roofing maintenance tips

    So how’s your roof? You don’t know? Most of us don’t know what’s happening with our roofs because we never actually climb a ladder and look at them. But that “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” approach can turn into a costly roof maintenance strategy. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends homeowners conduct a simple roof checkup every fall […]

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    18 people you may meet while getting your home built

    The Log Homes Illustrated 2008 Annual Buyer’s Guide introduces you to the primary players in log-home construction

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    How to repair your log home yourself … and when not to

    You can do many log home repairs yourself, but it’s best to hire professionals for the big jobs

  5. 24 Hidden Treasures: 2008 vacation log home hotspots

    There’s a lot to consider when considering lots. What goes into determining the right site for your cabin? Readers of Country’s Best Log Homes chose such priorities as proximity to the primary home, access to activities such as hiking, fishing, or skiing, and negotiating a parcel price that fits the budget. For the 2008 24 […]

  6. Why now is the time to build a log cabin

    Low interest rates, high inventories are good news for buyers

  7. Getting started on windows

    Because nearly all homes are built in locations where the view is a big part of the decision to purchase the property, prospective homeowners want to select appropriate windows. But they don’t want to be short-sighted and cause a heating or air conditioning bill that breaks the bank either. So what kinds of questions should […]

  8. Smart-building tips that can cut costs

    The question I’m most often asked about log-home construction is, “How can I hold down the costs?” I have developed a series of suggestions that, taken together, I call “Building Smart.” Some suggestions involve compromises that not everyone wants to make, but a surprising number of them call for nothing more than common sense. Building […]

  9. Why now is the time to build a log home

    With real estate values dropping, lenders tightening and home construction slowing down, why would anyone in their right mind think this is a good time to take on building a log home? Well, before you sign me up for the straitjacket, you might want to take a moment and assess what is actually happening in […]

  10. Expert advice: Choosing the correct wood species

    Which wood species should I use to build my log home? What is the best type of wood available? Why are there so many different kinds of woods used in the log-home industry? These are often-asked questions of log-home manufacturers and dealers. They are about as easy to answer as, “What is the best car […]

  11. Laminated Logs

    The weekend has finally come, you have your tickets and you and your significant other enter the long-awaited log home show in a nearby city. In one booth, there’s a banner that says, “XYZ Log Company offers only the finest in engineered laminated logs.” What in the world is a laminated log? Is it covered […]

  12. Comfy Cozy

    For nearly 30 years, the log-home industry has invested heavily in the concept of thermal mass to explain the warmth and comfort experienced by log-home owners. Thermal mass (the ability of a material to absorb, store and later release heat) has blended into the energy codes, and those codes continue to change in a political […]

  13. Keys to Buying Raw Land

    If you’re planning to build a new home, selecting your site is as vital to the completed project as the design of the structure. For most of us, the appeal of a log home comes not only from the building itself, but also from the surrounding environment and how the home is situated on the […]

  14. Windows Q&A

    With more than 450 window companies in the United States alone, you have literally hundreds of choices and dozens of window decisions to make. Cost, energy efficiency, materials, and good design will all tug at your sense of economics and your designer’s eye. What is your budget? According to the National Association Home Builders, the […]

  15. Let’s talk trash

    With black bears found in 43 states and much of Canada, chances are that you’ll be building in bear country. Taking some simple precautions will reduce the chances you’ll wake up one morning and find a bear on your deck – or in your kitchen. Do your homework before you break ground, and you can […]

  16. How to test your logs for restoration

    There is a simple method log home owners can try to assess their building and their need for a restoration expert, says Matt Edmunds of Edmunds and Company Log Home Restorations. Take a small hammer, he says, and place one hand on a log that you know is good. With the hammer, tap the log […]

  17. Energy-efficient construction

    Energy consumption and ways to reduce it regularly find their way into the headlines. Even without considering the social and environmental consequences of energy use, there’s a very good reason to consider it carefully as you plan your home. Energy costs money and it’s likely to cost more tomorrow than today. Planning can either save […]

  18. Your 6 Standard Flooring Options

    Here’s a summary of what your primary choices are for flooring

  19. 6 Unique Ideas in Flooring

    The editors of Timber Homes Illustrated found these interesting new options in flooring

  20. Hardwood Floors: Key Questions Answered

    An expert on hardwood flooring gives you some crucial tips as you start the planning process

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