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    Best Home Security Tips

    Home-security tips to protect your cabin so you can relax and enjoy it

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    5 Media Center Solutions

    With the right design, you can bring the best of both worlds — good looks and good entertainment — into your cabin.

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    Crafty Hobby Rooms

    Even if you’re short on space, these expert tips can help give your hobby some room to breathe.

  4. Tucked under an expansive roof system, this outdoor fireplace handily showcases everything a well-designed hearth can be: warm, attractive, space-defining and sociable. Photo credit: Hearthstone Homes

    How to Design a Functional Outdoor Fireplace

    Learn how to incorporate an outdoor fireplace to make the most of your open-air entertainment spaces throughout the year.

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    5 Tips to Picture-Perfect Window Treatments

    Choosing the right window treatments needn’t be intimidating or expensive. Use these five tips to get the best fits for your cabin.

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    Wise Beyond Its Years: Aging-in-Place Design

    Create a home that will live comfortably now and decades into the future with aging-in-place design.

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    A Home for Everyone | Universal Design

    Because universal design takes into account a range of lifestyles and physical characteristics, it’s perfect for the lifetime of your home — and includes everyone, young and old.

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    All-Season Spaces

    All-season living spaces provide unique opportunities for enjoying your home every month of the year.

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    Finishing Touch | A Place to Call Your Own

    Log-home design doesn’t have to follow any one guideline. In fact, incorporating unique spaces into your design will help personalize your home, making it more your own. So whether you want a place to focus on your favorite hobby or somewhere to simply sit back and relax, be sure to add a space where you can just be yourself. Here’s a look at some of our favorite special spaces.

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    Lighting: A New Path

    Traditional incandescent light bulbs are being cycled out, starting in 2012 — are you ready?

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    Wood-Encased Winery

    by: Chris Wood | Country's Best Log Homes Credit: Lindal Cedar Homes of Seattle photo America’s growing fascination with wine—consumption increases some 10 percent every five years, according to data tracked by the Wine Institute in San Francisco—has not been lost on log-home owners. Indeed, investing in the timeless natural retreat of a log home […]

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    Room in Focus: Stairways

    More than just latter-day ladders, stairs enrich the log ambience.

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    Room in Focus: Entryways

    Exciting entries beckon and make people pause, not just pass through.

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    Lighting With Lanterns

    We love the look of lanterns in log homes. While the word lantern might be associated with something woodsy, we found styles that run the gamut — from campfire to Eastern-influenced. We see them hanging as pendants and chandeliers, or simply sitting on an end table providing chair-side lighting. Some even burn oil, for a […]

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    Stairway to Heaven: Your guide to designing the perfect staircase

    7 simple steps for taking your log home’s stairways to the next level

  16. Stairs an integral part of today’s log homes

    Stairs came late to log homes. Frontier cabins developed as one-story dwellings, so stairs had no place in them. When sleeping lofts were introduced, ladders let people move up and down. These ladders consisted of two small logs connected by rungs of tree limbs. The stairs in today’s log homes serve the same purpose as […]

  17. Tips for planning your home office

    Whether you intend working full time from a home office or simply want space for the occasional business call and Internet check, this area is every bit as important as planning the rest of your living space. On the surface, it might appear to be easier than some other rooms because you’ll think desk, chair, […]

  18. 6 loft-design considerations

    The January 2008 issue of Country’s Best Log Homes took a good look at how you want to plan your loft. Included was this list of points to ponder when designing your loft. 1. How much space do you need? A loft with a pool table would need to be larger than a loft that […]

  19. Choosing the right fireplace materials

    Survey after survey reveals the fireplace to be one of the most desired features for prospective log-home owners. No surprise there. But saying you want a fireplace is like saying you want a car. The difference between a Kia and a Mercedes is pretty significant. Both will get you from Point A to Point B […]

  20. Ask The Experts: Utility Rooms

    While the log-home mud room is occasionally an afterthought, the purpose of the room — and its position in the home — are starting to change. “I work with customers designing their homes and find that the mudroom has grown in popularity with all the various uses they’re being utilized for,” says Sue Hass, sales […]

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