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  1. Spirit of the West

    The natural textures and pioneering heritage of a log home often lead an interior designer to decorate with equally rustic accents and furnishings.

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    Fitting the Pieces Together

    Building a home is like putting together a puzzle. There are many pieces that need to fit into just the right place before the picture is complete. The building puzzle for Bob and Kathy Cole had many unique pieces that took almost a year and a half to assemble.

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    A Change of Plans

    When you have the perfect getaway setting, it makes little sense to skimp on the getaway home.

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    Knowing Your Boundaries

    A small Wisconsin natural materials home conquers site challenges to become an eco-friendly getaway

  5. A Log Siding Makeover

    When Susie Little told her husband Craig she wanted to move from their rural New Jersey neighborhood to a log cabin out West, he said he’d rather stay where they were. Her response? “If you’re not going to get me a log cabin, I’ll just make my home into a log cabin.” Craig then rolled […]

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    Living Large

    A Tennessee home boasts breathtaking views and seven master suites.

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    Right Property, Right House

    A couple in New England fulfills a lifelong dream by building the perfect log retreat .

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    Stretching Out

    The incredible views in a log home in Idaho reflect meticulous attention to the siting of the home

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    Lure of the Lake

    A Wisconsin cabin draws on its family heritage.

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    Lakeview Landmark

    A Pennsylvania home celebrates vistas and openness.


    The Lakeside Life

    A working retirement home in Tennessee is adapted to the terrain.

  12. Dirt to Done: The Blog’s Home Tour

    A vacation home project in northern Wisconsin is built around the view of two lakes.

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    Living the Hy(brid) Life

    A Midwestern hybrid home sports a mixture of materials.

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    Lakeside Retreat

    Smart, economical planning for a northern Wisconsin getaway allows this family to plan for future expansion.

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    Modern Lodge

    Log accents and a sleek open interior blend with the rustic setting to give this Wisconsin home an eclectic lodge look.

  16. Planned to Perfection

    When it comes to the landscape design of your timber home, a little advanced planning can go a long way—especially for a new construction project. That’s the tried-and-true advice of landscape architect Danna Cain of Atlanta-based design-build firm Home & Garden Design. It was three decades ago that, as a graduate graphic artist, Danna’s career […]

  17. Designing for the lake, mountain or woods

    Keep your terrain and views in mind when you’re planning your home

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    Bear-wise site selection and landscaping

    Black bears are naturally curious, and programmed to explore anything new in their territory in hopes of finding a new food source. If you’re building in bear country, the local bruins are sure to know – and come and check out the new home you’re building in their backyard. But bears seldom venture far from […]

  19. Spring Landscaping Trends for Log Homes

    We asked the editors of Horticulture magazine to pick 10 budget-friendly landscaping trends this spring. Here’s what they came up with: Native plants Growing plants native to your area makes good sense. We’re lucky here in Massachusetts to have a broad range of woodland natives to choose from, but that doesn’t mean we don’t covet […]

  20. Picking a Front Door for Your Log Home

    This prominent feature of your residence requires serious consideration when deciding what style to choose. “It’s the ‘mouth’ in the ‘face’ that we present to the outside world,” says architect Jean Steinbrecher of Jean Steinbrecher Architects. “The front door is meant to draw people in by calling attention to itself. It’s a vertical welcome mat.” […]

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