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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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    Hot Tubs: Creating a Budget

    Where to begin with creating a hot tub budget.

  2. 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 […]

  3. Holy Home Gym

    Treadmills are expensive clothes hangers. So use these expert tips to plan your space where you can sweat to the oldies, strike a tree pose and super set to your heart’s content (literally).

  4. Island Time

    Imagine trying to build a house on an island that’s virtually uninhabited, an unspoiled paradise with no utilities or roads. Building materials must arrive by barge, and the only shelter during construction is a tent on the beach. Sound like a scene from “Survivor”? For Wally and Toni Leopold, it was reality. “I told my […]

  5. Special Spaces

    More than just the basics, custom homebuilding is all about incorporating unique, comfortable details (think nooks, lofts, entertainment rooms and outdoor havens). So, when you sit down to map out your future log home, take a moment to add a few bonus spaces. Need a little inspiration? Check out some of our favorite ideas that […]

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    Baths with Splash

    6 ways you can indulge in a spa-like space without leaving the comfort of home

  7. Home Fires

    Come on. Admit it. One of the biggest reasons you’re building a log home is that quintessential vision of comfort: a great book, beverage of your choice, cozy room and a warm hearth. One trip to a hearth retailer, however, and you’ll discover a bewildering array of new technology, which will leave you trying to […]

  8. Kitchens that Sizzle

    Kitchens really are the heart of the home, but to ensure culinary success, your design is crucial. Choose your floorplan based on your kitchen’s primary function. Do you love to throw impromptu dinner parties? Or do you want high performance for that chef in your life? Perhaps you’re simply looking for an efficient design to […]

  9. Mud Haven

    It’s the unglamorous workhorse of your home, forever accepting any function, wet coat or snow-covered boot you toss its way. Years ago, the lowly mudroom was an afterthought of log home design. Now everything has changed. Mudroom as Entryway While your Aunt Maude will always use the front door, the mudroom has become the unofficial […]

  10. 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 […]

  11. Into the Stone Age

    In an era when the home is as much sanctuary as it is shelter, there’s something undeniable about the classic beauty of natural stone. Nothing is more durable, impressive or easier to maintain. And with plentiful resources and reasonable pricing, what was once considered a building material for the elite is rolling its way into […]

  12. 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 […]

  13. Stop and Stair

      Done right, a staircase offers an opportunity to set the stage for drama and elegance in any home. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be elaborate to be interesting. Big or small, the basic principles for stair design are the same. Here are a few simple guidelines to consider when you begin to plan the […]

  14. The New Kitchen

    Once upon a time, the kitchen was purely utilitarian. Tucked away from public view like a fairy tale stepsister, the room was devoted to food preparation and cleanup. But like Cinderella, today’s kitchen has emerged as a beauty to behold. No longer sequestered to recesses of the house, it’s become the belle of the ball—the […]

  15. Lofty Aspirations

    In a way, a loft is almost like found space. It floats above the action, snatching a layer of living area from the air between the main floor and the vaulted ceiling.     But what kind of living should happen in that lofty space? People use it for every imaginable purpose—office, game room, media room, guest […]

  16. Get in the Zone

    You’d never in a million years start a bonfire in your guest bedroom and stoke it with a wad of hundred-dollar bills. That’s just crazy—not to mention wasteful. But if you’re heating your home with a traditional HVAC system, that’s exactly what you’re doing, in a way. How to avoid this waste of energy and […]

  17. Smart House

    Imagine your log home a few years from now. You’re on your way home after a long trip and decide you’d like things to be warm and cozy when you return. You connect to your house through the Internet, using a laptop or even a cell phone. You turn up the heat, lower the lights […]

  18. Mudrooms: Down & Dirty

    Ah, the mudroom. That ever-so-useful transitional space between the great outdoors and your log home’s interior. Like a utility room morphed with a walk-in closet, mudrooms are great for storing coats, boots, sporting gear—you name it.     Mudrooms can range anywhere from a back hallway equipped with free-standing cubbies to a full-blown multipurpose room. In many […]

  19. The Living Kitchen

    When it comes to designing your kitchen, are you still stuck in yesterday’s geometric equation? You know the one: sink, stove and refrigerator placed in a step-saver triangle? Well, ditch the math. Today’s cooking/living/entertaining space isn’t your mother’s kitchen. New designs and a new zone-based philosophy have dramatically altered the old blueprint. The results are […]

  20. The Buyer’s Guide to Cabinetry

    Some call it the “wow” factor: the response a beautiful kitchen generates. And at the very heart of that reaction is the cabinetry you choose. These days, the choices are considerable, even at the lesser-expensive end of the market. Manufacturers and custom furniture-makers are raising the bar and offering consumers an array of wood species, […]

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