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  1. The home sits on 57 acres and offers a perfect view of the passing trains that wrap around the property.

    From the Appalachians to the Rockies: A Colorado Log Home

    Eastern-style square logs find a home in the round-log West.

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    Cabela’s Selects The Original Log Cabin Homes for Launch

    SIDNEY, Neb., Oct. 21 | PRNewswire Cabela’s announced today the launch of a branded line of log homes and cabin kits to be manufactured by its corporate partner The Original Log Cabin Homes of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. The Cabela’s log homes and cabin kits will feature unique details in addition to the high-quality construction […]

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    Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #7, Developing a Floor Plan Pt. 2

    How to customize a stock plan to fit your needs

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    Alternative Energy

    One of the hottest things about building a home is seeing new technology in action — especially when that includes using alternative energy to decrease your home’s energy burden without decreasing its beauty, functionality or suitability for your lifestyle. “All the technologies for powering your house with alternative sources of energy are available on the […]

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    Indoor Climate Control Basics

    The best way to ensure your comfort and budget — and to control heating and cooling costs — begins with attention to architectural design. It is essential to control solar gain while maximizing daylight and natural ventilation. Proper insulation and sealing your home will reduce the cost of the HVAC (heating, ventilation & air conditioning) […]

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    Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #6, Developing a Floor Plan Pt. 1

    How to make your design match your land

  7. Michael Pappa Pine Cone Artisan

    Pine Cone Artisan | Pining for Beauty

    Natural inspiration isn’t what most people find in Jersey City, New Jersey, a major urban area only 15 miles from lower Manhattan with a population of nearly a quarter million. But most people walking the streets of this bustling town aren’t looking at it with an artist’s eye. Michael Pappa, however, sees the inherent beauty […]

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    How the West Was Done: Montana Reclaimed Log Cabin

    A new log home is built to look like it’s always been part of the surrounding mountain landscape.

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    Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #5, Choosing the Builder

    They’ve got their land. They’ve got their log-home company. But who will build this couple’s dream log home?

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    Kitchen Color

    Ask anyone if they have a favorite color and most will be able to conjure up a definite preference. Blue gets the nod as a perennial favorite while some have a yen for red. Truth be told, we all have an emotional response to color because we know our likes and dislikes. Though we aren’t […]

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    Log-Home Kitchen Designs | Modern and Classic

    Inspired by new technologies and the use of environmentally friendly materials, contemporary style is unquestionably at the forefront of today’s kitchen design. But does this trend imply that log home kitchens are destined to transform into futuristic rooms of metal and glass? No way! By incorporating new energy-saving, multi-functional appliances and the latest in natural […]

  13. What’s Cookin’ in Log Home Kitchens

    For many, the most exciting room to plan is the kitchen. It’s typically the most expensive room in the house and can be the most challenging to design because it generally is the center of the home’s activity. Log-home kitchens demand unique attention because of their settings. How much wood do you want in the […]

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    Getting Started on Windows and Doors

    You’ve bought property and want to enjoy the best views you can. This means you should pay attention to the windows and doors you purchase. The most important move you’ll make is to do your research and get opinions from professionals on the types of windows and doors that would be best for your situation […]

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    Window of Opportunity

    Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, window treatments came with limited options — namely curtains, curtains and more curtains. But the times they are a changing. Today’s window treatments come in all shapes and sizes, including many streamlined options that blend effortlessly with refined, rustic interiors. Whether you’re looking to […]

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    5 Window Frame Materials

    1. Fiberglass. Relatively new in the window industry, fiberglass may not be widely available. With some of the highest R-values, fiberglass frames are excellent for insulating and will not warp, shrink, swell, rot or corrode. Unprotected fiberglass does not hold up to the weather and should always be painted. Some fiberglass frames are hollow; others […]

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    Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #4, Picking the Right Log-Home Company

    Picking the Right Log-Home Company Log Home Diary Entry # 4 There is not necessarily a right or wrong decision to be made here. To be sure, there are a multitude of log-home companies. Each provides a different level of product/service. Some provide precut logs only; if you have essential construction trade skills, or have […]

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    Choosing the Best Home

    It goes without saying that the appeal of log homes is the wood. Logs are beautiful, strong and durable. They’re also renewable. For these reasons alone, many people regard logs as the quintessential building material. There’s more to log homes than the logs, however. What makes log homes truly special is the way the logs […]

  19. A steeply pitched roof sets the tone for French Country style. Stonework anchors the home to its woodsy setting.

    A French Country Montana Timber Home

    Building a modern chateau in Montana


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