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Designing a Log Home

Find inspiration for your log home’s design, from the bedroom and bathroom to the kitchen and great room. Make sure your home is furnished and decorated right – check out these tips, tricks and product reviews for log home design.

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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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    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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    Food for Thought: Kitchen Layouts

    There are four general kitchen layouts. Browse our gallery of styles to see which will work best for your kitchen.

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    Finishing Touch: In Sink Kitchen Tips

    As one of the most used features in any kitchen, the sink gets a lot of attention and takes a lot of abuse. Take a look at some of the different varieties, and find a practical, attractive solution that works for your home.

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    Best Bath Products for Log Homes

    Top bathroom manufacturers unveiled new products to the industry at the KBIS 2010 show, ranging from updated color trends to easy-use technologies.

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    Master of the Domain: Master Bedroom Log Cabin Photo Gallery

    A Western theme permeates this master bedroom through its handmade bedding, the wrought-iron-and-aspen bed, the elk-antler window treatments, the hat rack (which is actually from Australia) and the mounted bobcat in the corner. This master bedroom’s charm is unmistakable, in its peeling sunflower-stained walls, fine porcelain lamps and the ornately painted antique doors affixed to […]

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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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    Modern Conveniences Built into Custom Refrigerators

    Check out these hot features for your ice box.

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    Hearth to Hearth

    Hot tips for designing a fabulous (and efficient) fireplace

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    Room in Focus: Stairways

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

  12. Private access to outdoor spaces, such as a balcony or deck, further secludes the homeowners. "The ability to go outdoors with a nice set of French doors has grown increasingly popular," architect Matt Franklin says.

    Room in Focus: Master Suites

    A log home can be a sanctuary in and of itself, with its off-the-beaten-path locale and quiet surroundings. But sometimes, you need an even more secluded space to truly relax. Enter the master suite. To create the space, you must first define it. "Typically, a master suite is a space that has its own master […]

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    Room in Focus: Entryways

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

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    Room in Focus: Open Kitchen

    Here are four ideas to help you plan the heart of your home — the kitchen.

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    Make It Great: Great Room Photo Gallery

    10 fantastic great rooms to jump-start your own great design

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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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    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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    Design a Bunk Room

    1. Function First Can you say sleeping quarters? This bunk room is functional first, to be sure, and the custom built-in beds make it a favorite spot for the kids to sleep. Drywall lined with a thin layer of wood paneling is a leaner option than round log walls, which tend to hog square footage. […]

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    Bathroom Design and Decor — and More!

    No matter what kind of square footage you’re working with, you can amp up the hubs of your home with our log home decor and design tricks. Room #1: Bathrooms Small and Simple James Ray Spahn photo Design: Add a pretty window. One window changes everything about this room. It opens up the space to […]

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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


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