Easy Log Care

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 […]

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 […]

Upsizing in Place

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Old Wood, New Life | Reclaimed Timber Q&A

Reclaimed timber isn't cheap, but it offers a world of charm and uses in your new home. Here's how to find it and gauge its quality.