7 Hot Looks for Your Outdoor Hearth

As the thermostat drops, nothing can replace the permeating warmth of sitting hearth side in your custom wood home — and who says you can’t bring that same comfort outside? For instant ideas and inspiration for your outdoor hearth, check out seven of our favorites. Plus, you can click on each photo to take a […]

6 Inspirational Log Home Kitchens

Who’s hungry? Here’s a taste of some beautiful log home kitchens — click the images below for a tour of the rest of each house!

1. In this Montana log home, trusses and massive posts provide structural support and a grandiose atmosphere in the spacious kitchen. It features custom solid black walnut cabinets, Emperador marble countertops […]

Life in a Log Home Sunroom

There’s something endearing and timeless about a room wrapped in glass, whether you call it a sunroom, a three-season room or a four-season room. The biggest function for sunrooms is to be able to see and enjoy nature. You may design many rooms in your home to do just this, but these transparent spaces tend […]

The Challenges of an Open Floor Plan

Consider all the implication of free-flowing plans.
By Mercedes Hayes

Open floor plans are all the rage in real estate these days, from old houses to new log homes. Even center-hall Colonials have made an attempt to follow the trend, by adjoining a kitchen to a breakfast room and family room. Other people have something more extreme […]

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 […]

More Than Logs

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

Building on a Slope

Mountainsides, cliffs and slopes offer appealing views for log homes, but they also represent structural challenges and added construction costs. If you’re considering a cliffhanger, here’s how to take advantage of your site.

Reverse your layout. Sloping sites allow a more modest appearance from the front and a grander one from the rear, especially with dramatic […]

Upsizing in Place: Adding On to Your Log Home

Adding on involves planning, to match new logs to old.
By Jim Cooper

Log homes are planned and built to last. As time passes, you may find yourself needing more room. If so, consider an addition, especially if you’re happy with your current home.

The biggest decision is whether to build a second level or tack space onto […]

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 […]

How to Choose a Builder For Your Log Home

Ask Professor Rob 
We are having a hard time deciding on the builder and log-home company we want to work with. How do we make a final decision? We don’t want to make the wrong choice.

A: Choosing the right builder and log producer for your dream home can sometimes seem difficult. Here are three tips that might help.

1 Take […]