Don’t Fear Wood Shrinkage

Wood shrinkage and the resulting settlement and movement are not problems but characteristics of working with a natural material. Shrinkage becomes a problem only when the log manufacturer, builder or homeowner fails to recognize or respect it. While it is important and under certain conditions even critical, most settlement and shrinkage concerns are more for […]

Log Fix-Its: DIY or Pro?

All homes suffer damage of one kind or another. Log homes are no different. Some repairs you can do yourself. Others will need an expert.
Accidental Damage
You may accidentally mar the surface of your wall. Many homeowners decide it’s just a “character feature” and let it be. If you decide to fix it, you have several […]

Recycle Those Trees

If you’re clearing a wooded lot to build your log home, don’t hire someone to haul away the trees you cut down. At the very least, they’ll probably make good firewood. But you might be able to do better.

In a few cases, the trees you cut down can be used for your house logs. Just […]

Easy Upgrades

If your log home — especially a weekend cabin — is looking a tad tired, and a major renovation isn’t in the cards, here are several ways to transform the look and feel, as well as the performance of your home, courtesy of designer Marianne Cusato. Prices start at a few hundred dollars, and most […]

Old Log Homes Get a New Start

If you’re buying an existing log home, try to obtain a maintenance record to help determine whether new log treatments are compatible with old ones. Compatability is important; without knowing product chemistries, your only option is to strip the logs to bare wood and start from scratch. Before embarking on any remedial or preventive maintenance […]

Inspection Checklist

Four problems to watch out for when buying a used log home.

Sticking to a Construction Schedule

A realistic construction schedule can keep your log-home project on track.

Restoring a Neglected Log Home

Take your log home from grunge to glory in 4 steps.

Staining Options for Your Log Home

Which stain is right for you? Start with this free download to find out.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

A little TLC will keep your log home like new for a lifetime.