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  1. Guide to Outdoor Accessories for Log Homes

    Find outdoor accessories for your log home with one of these outdoor accessory providers.

  2. green-space

    Green Space

    If there’s a single tool all gardeners should own, it’s a hand pruner. There are two types: anvil and by-pass. Anvil-style pruners have one cutting edge that cuts against a flat edge (or anvil). This style tends to crush the bark along the cut, however the blades rarely need adjusting. Bypass pruners cut like scissors […]

  3. Playing the Field

    Got a nature riddle? Click on one of the online field guides below to find answers about the bird, plant or animal that’s puzzling you. enature.com/fieldguides Start here, at the most all-encompassing field guide on the web. You’ll find info on more than 5,500 plants and animals—browse by type or use the advanced search feature […]

  4. No-Sweat Landscaping

    Most people agree: the key to achieving curb appeal is a thoughtfully designed, well-maintained landscape. And though they may like the idea of manicured gardens with colorful blooms and stately shrubs with nary a weed in sight, most folks don’t have the time to stain their thumbs any shade brighter than a pale greenish-yellow. While […]

  5. Beauty and the Budget: How to Save Money on Your Yard

    Even the most natural of settings can benefit from some gentle primping, but the cost of plants and soil cultivation can be shockingly high. Follow these three simple steps to set yourself on the road to saving money while still achieving an impressive yard. 1. Start With a Master Plan Know exactly how you want […]

  6. On the Outside

    While you’re busy mapping out plans for your masterpiece, don’t forget about what will cover the home on the outside—in short, what your home’s “skin&” looks like. Your choice can make a huge difference in the cost, design, energy efficiency and environmental soundness of your home. Here’s a rundown of siding options, along with a […]

  7. Inside Out

    These days, what’s in is actually what’s out—outside, that is. Gone are the days of trying to get comfy in nylon-and- aluminum lawn chairs and slaving over tiny hibachi grills. Log home owners are kicking the comfort level up a notch. How? For starters, think relaxing living rooms under the stars; outdoor kitchens brimming with […]

  8. Design Your Own Pond

    Just imagine lounging by a pond in your backyard. Sunlight shimmers on the surface. A colorful parade of water lilies floats by. Golden koi play hide-and-seek behind the plants. And the only sound you hear is a waterfall trickling gently over glossy river rocks…

  9. Water Works

    Since you’re building a home nestled into rural setting, nothing beats a view that includes plenty of trees, a stream or a nearby pond. You probably have the trees, but what if your land isn’t blessed with water? Bring the water to you. With the right piece of land and the help of a qualified […]

  10. Windows of Opportunity

    Whether you want to bring in a stray breeze on a summer day or just watch the falling snow, windows are your inside connection to the outside world. But that’s not their sole benefit: Experts say that the daylight windows provide boosts our sense of well being. And, with some smart up-front planning, windows can […]

  11. Pleasing Pools

    If a new pool is on your wish list, you’ll find plenty of choices. Companies today offer a variety of pool shapes—some have up to 38 varieties to choose from. And when it comes to a customer’s specific needs, most pool companies can accommodate just about any shape or size, whether it’s a custom design, […]

  12. All Docked Out

    If you’re thinking about adding a dock to your waterfront property, it’s best to start by deciding what you want from your dock (do you have boats? need storage? want a hoist? prefer permanent or removable?). Then consider matters of water depth, shore configuration and soil type all of which have bearing on your dock’s […]

  13. Living the High Life Outdoors

    At some point during our relationship with log homes, a weekend at the ol’ log cabin was equated with a sometimes less-than-pleasant phrase: “Roughing it.” Apparently, whoever came up with that description hasn’t seen the options available today.

  14. Night Lights

    Have you ever marveled at the beautiful effect of a bright moonlit night on your house? The illumination spotlights architectural features and draws attention to arbors and outdoor structures. What’s more, walkways and entries become easier to navigate, minimizing the danger of stumbling in the dark or fumbling around for keys. Why not make every […]

  15. Land Rover

    by: Deirdre Schwiesow | Log Home Living When you're selecting land for your log home, remember the old real estate saw—location, location, location. Future home owners quickly become smitten with what seems to be the ideal spot, whether it's a mountainside plot deep in the woods or a lakefront lot near a lucky fishing hole. […]

  16. Lighten Up

    By Teresa Hilgenberg So much attention is given to designing a log home’s exterior. Choosing a log profile and the perfect stain to enhance it is a painstaking process. Corner systems are chosen for aesthetics as much as function. Windows are rarely Plain Jane affairs, but more often feature arched tops and intricate grille designs. […]

  17. Window Buyers Guide

    Choosing windows is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a homeowner. Not only will it affect the look and feel of your home, it will greatly influence your home’s energy efficiency. In some cases your log producer may include a certain brand of window with their log package. Often this is because […]

  18. Timber’s Curb Appeal

      With some thought and planning, you can visually communicate your timber home’s aesthetic appeal to the world. Here are strategies designers recommend to bring architectural vitality to the outside of your home. Entry AppealThe front entry area is the most logical space to announce you’ve invested in a timber home, says Architect Katherine Hillbrand […]

  19. Exterior Motives

      Most of the “living” will happen inside of your log home. But, for many of us, the dream starts on the outside—with a vision of our ideal home surrounded by lush valleys or steps away from a favorite fishing hole. Indeed, building a custom home can be one of the most creative and rewarding […]

  20. Under Spacious Skies

      Norman Rockwell couldn’t have painted a more reverential American picture: A lazy Minnesota summer spent on the front porch, with cool hilltop breezes rustling the leaves on the nearby trees. And there I was on that old porch, curled up in our weathered rocking chair re-reading Brewster’s Millions for the umpteenth time. Recently, something […]


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