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  1. 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 […]

  2. 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 […]

  3. Log Home Landscaping

      Landscaping around your log home is just as important as decorating the interior of the house. Not only can a well-designed and maintained landscape increase the resale value of your home. It also helps control sunlight, deflects wind, keeps slopes from eroding, adds beauty, creates additional living space and protects your privacy.   Where […]

  4. Perfect Pathway Plantings

      Want to give your garden some style? Follow these tips to a practical, yet awe-inspiring, pathway. Too often in American gardens pathways are left bare or else surrounded by lawn or other horizontal elements, providing no visual variety in the landscape. Instead of a naked walkway, consider clothing it with plants. Use plants to […]

  5. Outdoor Decor

    Outdoor DecorTake your home’s style outside There is so much more to choosing outdoor decor than deciding on which canvas loungers to buy and where to place the gas barbecue. That’s just the beginning. The steps used to create an inviting outdoor room are the same as those used to create a comfortable indoor room. […]

  6. A Log Siding Makeover

    When Susie Little told her husband Craig she wanted to move from their rural New Jersey neighborhood to a log cabin out West, he said he’d rather stay where they were. Her response? “If you’re not going to get me a log cabin, I’ll just make my home into a log cabin.” Craig then rolled […]

  7. Planned to Perfection

    When it comes to the landscape design of your timber home, a little advanced planning can go a long way—especially for a new construction project. That’s the tried-and-true advice of landscape architect Danna Cain of Atlanta-based design-build firm Home & Garden Design. It was three decades ago that, as a graduate graphic artist, Danna’s career […]

  8. blackbear

    Bear-wise site selection and landscaping

    Black bears are naturally curious, and programmed to explore anything new in their territory in hopes of finding a new food source. If you’re building in bear country, the local bruins are sure to know – and come and check out the new home you’re building in their backyard. But bears seldom venture far from […]

  9. Designing for the lake, mountain or woods

    Keep your terrain and views in mind when you’re planning your home

  10. Custom doors: Making an entrance

    Whether it’s glass, wood, metal, or some combination, it offers a glimpse of what you may find inside a building before you have crossed the threshold. It’s for these reasons Larry Symons, owner of L.D. Symons Co., a four-man, wood-handcrafting business in Oregon City, Oregon, finds doors to be intriguing. “Doors don’t take a lot […]

  11. Spring Landscaping Trends for Log Homes

    We asked the editors of Horticulture magazine to pick 10 budget-friendly landscaping trends this spring. Here’s what they came up with: Native plants Growing plants native to your area makes good sense. We’re lucky here in Massachusetts to have a broad range of woodland natives to choose from, but that doesn’t mean we don’t covet […]

  12. Picking a Front Door for Your Log Home

    This prominent feature of your residence requires serious consideration when deciding what style to choose. “It’s the ‘mouth’ in the ‘face’ that we present to the outside world,” says architect Jean Steinbrecher of Jean Steinbrecher Architects. “The front door is meant to draw people in by calling attention to itself. It’s a vertical welcome mat.” […]

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