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    Sensory Gardens

    Use relaxing sights, sounds and smells to create a sweet garden retreat.

  2. A main-level deck over a walk-out basement provides elevated views of the surrounding area. Credit: Steven McBride/Hearthstone photo

    8 Inspiring Outdoor Spaces

    Patios, decks and porches are perfect complements to cabin living. Here are a few of our favorites.

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    Building with Trees

    Saving trees during construction of your log home can add to its aesthetic, monetary and environmental value.

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    Fall Lawn Maintenance

    Land-care professionals offer advice to assess the condition of your lawn and keep it healthy this fall.

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    4 Great Fencing Options for Rustic Cabins

    Learn about a few practical fencing options to suit your home’s style.

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    How To: Create a DIY Vertical Garden

    Step-by-step instructions on how to create your own personalized vertical garden.

  7. Special pathways will prevent worn areas in your yard and give your dog a place it feels it can roam.

    Dog-Friendly Landscaping

    People aren’t the only ones who love connecting with nature: Dogs are equally enthused about getting to explore their natural environment, whether through playing a lively game of fetch or digging through the soil to find buried treasures. Problems can arise, however, when the interests of both parties are not being equally met, from destroyed […]

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    7 Expert Tips for a Perfect Deck

    From conception to construction, build a fantastic deck that’s functional, too.

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    Outer Spaces

    Spend time on designing your cabin’s exterior.

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    Expert Advice for Outdoor Kitchens

    It should come as no surprise that Wayne Franks, a former executive in the high-tech sector, stresses the need for planning and the use of innovation in his current business, Outdoor Homescapes of Houston. For more than a decade now, Franks has put his past career to good use, first in developing relationships with his […]

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    Good Design: Connecting Your Home to the Outdoors | Environmental Design

    by: Rachel Machacek | Log Home Living A corner wrapped with windows opens up the periphery and suggests a panaromic view. James Ray Spahn photo The first time you set foot on your land — yes, long before you learned of its great value and proximity to local amenities — the dealmaker was less practical, […]

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    How To: Design Outdoor Living Spaces for Log Homes

    With these design tips for log homes, you’ll have an outdoor space that pleases both your aesthetic sensibilities and your budget.

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    Exotic Woods for Log Home Decks

    Tigerwood This wood species found in Mexico and Central America is great for decks, as it resists moisture absorption and ages well over time. Not only is it durable enough to be one of the strongest construction timbers, but it’s also ideal for building fine furniture and cabinets. The finished wood shines with varying shades […]

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    Glorious Greenhouses | Our Favorite Greenhouse Styles | Log Home Living

    Glorious Greenhouses Enjoy year-round gardening by building a greenhouse. Enjoy this slideshow of our favorite greenhouse styles. by: Log Home Living | photography: BackyardGreenhouses.com Greenhouses come in a variety of styles. Check out our favorites from backyardgreenhouses.com. For purchasing information, visit their web site or call 800-665-2124. See one you like? Let us know your […]

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    Landscaping Tips To Prepare Your Lawn For Winter

    Pre-Winter Lawn Care Landscaping tips to prepare your lawn for winter. (Find out more: Affordable landscaping tips) by: Rachel Machacek During the chilly months, your grass may look sound asleep above ground, but below the surface is a hub of activity. For a healthy spring lawn, follow these quick and easy tips before winter hits: […]

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    Design Tips – Landscapes

    Our experts pass along the 21 secrets of creating the perfect home. From gorgeous walkways to great design, it’s all here.

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    Fall Foliage Websites | Planning Help Online | Log Home Living

    Falling for Fall | Planning Help Online Tired of waiting for the gingko tree in your front yard to turn a brilliant shade of yellow? Hit the road and discover all autumn has to offer with the help of these online foliage resources. foliagenetwork.com As its name suggests, this site maintains a broad network of […]

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    How To: Detox Your Lawn | Tips for a Green-Friendly Lawn

    Shepherd Ogden of safelawns.org outlines his 12-step program to a healthy, organic lawn. His advice: “You have to be patient,” he says. “The results are not as immediate, but they are definitely worth the wait.” 1.Go cold turkey the first year (no transitioning) 2. Test your soil before applying fertilizer 3. Top dress with compost […]

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    Best Windows

    Learn about each window style here.

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    Budget-Friendly (and Eco-Friendly) Landscaping Tips

    Money may not grow on trees, but many log home owners still deposit a good portion of their wallets into their yards. Use these tips to help save your bank account (and sanity) when completing the necessary upkeep to maintain the beauty of your landscape, while getting the most bang for your buck. Know, then […]


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