Wood is strong and durable, but it isn’t invincible. Because wood is a natural material, it is subject to natural forces. The two greatest threats to wood’s beauty and longevity are moisture and sunlight. Although these two potent forces won’t by themselves significantly degrade the surface of your logs, they might set up conditions under […]
Protect your log home forever from its outdoor enemies - moisture, sunlight and insects.
Check for signs of damage to your wood home's exterior before the cold weather begins to set in.
3 steps to prepare your home for the long winter ahead.
By Jim Cooper
Fall is the best time for some of the routine maintenance that keeps a log home sound, solid and looking good. Sunlight and water are logs’ greatest enemies. They’re constantly attacking wood, degrading finishes and breaking down seals and coatings. In addition, the […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Adding on involves planning, to match new logs to old.
By Jim Cooper
Log homes are planned and built to last. As time passes, you may find yourself needing more room. If so, consider an addition, especially if you’re happy with your current home.
The biggest decision is whether to build a second level or tack space onto […]
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 […]
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 […]
Take your log home from grunge to glory in 4 steps.