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  1. Smart Growth Debate Strategies

    The debate over smart growth is coming to the forefront of the political landscape in both small and large communities across the United States. If home builders are to educate consumers, lawmakers and opinion leaders about the complexity of the problem, then each of us needs to get involved and stay involved, warn media consultants […]

  2. 40 Years In The Housing Industry – Wausau Homes

    In order to evaluate the present and look into the future, we have to revisit the past and start at the very beginning of the Wausau Homes system of building homes. The 1960s: Evolution of the Wausau system of Closed-Wall Panelization…Stressed-skin floor panels, closed-wall interior and exterior walls, closed roof panels and mechanical core. One-source […]

  3. Officials Calling for Minimum Width Logs?

    Many log home builders say they are finding that some building officials are under the impression that only that only 8″ wide logs and greater will meet the energy code. Naturally this is alarming for those offering a smaller diameter log package to consumers. What’s more, it’s incorrect.

  4. August 2004 Log Home Living Cover

    Renewed Riches An escape from the faster-paced city, this 6-year-old log home rests on 24 peaceful acres close to Blackfoot River near Missoula, Montana. Comfortably sized at 2,090-square-foot, the three-bedroom, two-bath structure was built using 24-inch aged logs. Joined with saddle notches and sealed with wide bands of chinking, the logs set the tone for this […]

  5. Small Sensations

    BY Rachel Machacek and Donna PeakThese days, you can’t get away from all things super-sized. Big fries, big cars, big homes. Sure, size matters. But good things do come in small packages, including the tiny, wonderful homes featured here. These designs use space efficiently and exude as much charm as their colossal cousins. Another bonus […]

  6. Living in Beauty

    by: Editorial Staff | Log Home Design A tiny cabin triggers a big change for a couple who found peace of mind and a healthier lifestyle. After years of helping others lead balanced and harmonious lives, psychotherapists Rick and Betty Blair decided the time had come to concentrate on their own mental well-being. This meant […]

  7. Contents – August 2004

      FEATURES Gorgeous HomesHeartland GloryLearn how one couple created their dream home by diving into the finer points of planning and design. Their prairie home in Kansas is magnificent. Living in BeautyA mere 624 square feet, this home in northeastern Georgia is a testament to impeccable design and creativity-especially when it comes to doing more […]

  8. Inside Advantage

    Photo by Roger Wade A screened-in porch lets you get the most out of an endless summer. Nothing says summer more than an evening spent outside, a tranquil scene that almost everyone celebrates as a summer ritual. But there’s a downside: mosquitoes. Once the sun sets, these thirsty pests feed in full force, and as […]

  9. Allure of the Lake

    With ample planning and a spectacular site, a long-distance construction project becomes a summertime passion.

  10. Contents – July 2004

      FEATURES Gorgeous HomesAllure of the LakePlanning a waterside retreat in northern Wisconsin wasn’t tough; building it from a distance was another story. How one couple pulled it off and created a masterpiece.A World AwayThey wanted a small vacation home to entertain friends, so it was time to get a little creative. Introducing a Montana […]

  11. May-June 2004 – SIPS Briefs

    SIPS Briefs May/June 2004Premier Clears Seismic HurdleIn early February, Premier Building Systems, or PBS (Renton, WA), gained approval of an appendix into AC 04 which allows the company’s SIPs to be used in all seismic zones. The shearwall tests are part of Premier’s effort to obtain an Evaluation Report through the International Code Council Evaluation […]

  12. May-June 2004 – Panel Briefs

    Panel Briefs May/June 2004Conference Ponders Ways To Increase Market ShareJudging by the standing-room only attendance at the seminars on panelization at the International Builders’ Show this past January, this open wall construction system is proving popular for site builders in an age when traditional framers are in short supply.Yet more can be done, especially since […]

  13. May-June 2004 – Log And Timber Briefs

    Log & Timberframe Briefs May/June 2004Despite Cold Temps, President’s Tour A SuccessIt was almost too cold for a cold beverage. Luckily, the tour buses were heated. Many in the log homeindustry braved frigid temperatures and cold winds to get an up-close look at log home manufacturing facilities and model homes in and around Bangor, Maine, […]

  14. May-June 2004 – Modular Briefs

    Modular Briefs May/June 2004MBSA Housing Conference RecapSand, sun, fun and serious talk about the modular industry. That’s what the Modular Building Systems Association (MBSA) delivered to its members this past March 21-23, when the industry gathered in Hilton Head, SC, for its 2004 Modular Housing Conference. This three-day annual event was held at the ocean […]

  15. May-June 2004 – Industry Briefs

    Industry Briefs May/June 2004Got Ethics?Award Seeks Worthy CandidatesIt’s easy to have ethics. Once. Far harder to maintain it over a lifetime. That’s why it’s so important to single out those quietly living lives of honor in this industry, says Jerry Rouleau, organizer behind the System Built Housing Industry Ethics Award.In an age when questionable business […]

  16. May-June 2004 – Washington Briefs

    Washington Briefs May/June 2004 The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Sausage and laws are two things too ugly to see being made, pundits say. As proof, trying to keep the housing industry from being eaten for breakfast by Wall Street or ground up by federal legislation has been a full-time job for the National […]

  17. May-June 2004 – Panelization

    To be successful in life, some say, you need to see what you really want, and then spend the next 20 or 30 years making that vision a reality.This is what George and Jan Huxold have been patiently doing in their hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Starting out in a career in law enforcement as a […]

  18. May-June 2004 – Climb for Bigger Profits

    Got the home building blues? Even though there are scores of eager buyers, it’s likely that obstacles to your business are stacking up faster than OSB prices.An avalanche of governmental regulations, shortages of skilled craftsmen, increased competition and progressively longer construction cycles are all conspiring to take a bite out of your bottom line. Change […]

  19. 2004 Spring – Contents

    FEATURESTexas MelodyFirst it was beautiful music that filled this couple’s timber frame home. Now that music is accompanied by the giggles of their two little girls.Great EscapeToday’s master bedrooms are used for much more than sleeping. These 10 design ideas will help you create the perfect sanctuary.The Bath & Beyond10 ways to transcend the ordinaryMixed […]

  20. 2004 Summer – Contents

      FEATURESGORGEOUS HOMESPerfectly Lodge-icalGolf-course living has never been more perfect–especially when adding timber framing to an elegant, yet comfortable design.Water SongWith influences inspired by the shore, a Canadian couple’s home is framed for family life. View of the ValleyLearn how one couple took a stock floorplan and transformed it into a signature style that takes […]


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