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  1. 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

  2. Glowing on a wintry night, this luxurious retreat home snuggles into a sloped lot overlooking the Gore Mountains in central Colorado. The varied roofline echoes the mountains' peaks.

    The Lure of the Rockies: A Rustic Colorado Log Home

    Designing a mountaintop getaway in Colorado

  3. With timber framing evident inside and out, this contemporary British Columbia home incorporates a building tradition that goes spans over several continents and centuries.

    Home Grown: A British Columbia Timber Home

    A British Columbia couple uses local materials and new friends to construct a dream home.

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    10 Tips for Small Homes

    Smaller can offer big rewards.

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    On the Money | Location Isn’t Everything

    5 essential tips for buying property

  6. Location Isn’t Everything

  7. Home Stretch

    Home Stretch Your home will be built this spring — now what do you need to discuss with your general contractor or builder before the sawdust flies? by: Mike McCarthy | Timber Home Living Some might call it a lull. Others (the smart ones) will describe the time between finalizing construction plans and breaking ground […]

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    Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #3, We Have Land!

    Knowing the type of land on which you plan to build is one thing. Actually finding that perfect plot can be another.

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    Building a Legacy: A Multi-Generational Michigan Log Home

    A couple creates a multi-generational home in northern Michigan to accommodate their family for years to come.

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    Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #2, Did We Put the Cart Before the Horse?

    Model-home visits and log-home show trips played a major role in this couple’s log-home journey. But did they decide on plans too soon?

  12. Outdoor Kitchen

    Expert Advice for Outdoor Kitchens

    It should come as no surprise that Wayne Franks, a former executive in the high-tech sector, stresses the need for planning and the use of innovation in his current business, Outdoor Homescapes of Houston. For more than a decade now, Franks has put his past career to good use, first in developing relationships with his […]

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    Food for Thought: Kitchen Layouts

    There are four general kitchen layouts. Browse our gallery of styles to see which will work best for your kitchen.

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    Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #1, The Dream, The Plan

    The first entry in Country’s Best Cabins’ experiment with a real couple as they build their dream log home.

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    Lakefront Log-Home Building Diary

    A couple details the process of completing their retirement lakefront log home.

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    Finishing Touch: In Sink Kitchen Tips

    As one of the most used features in any kitchen, the sink gets a lot of attention and takes a lot of abuse. Take a look at some of the different varieties, and find a practical, attractive solution that works for your home.

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    Magnum Opus: A Rustic Log Home in New York

    Teamwork crafts a rustic retreat that pushes logs to new limits.

  18. Large-diameter logs support the front porch. Lantern-style lights flank aluminum-clad patio doors. Rustic pine rockers afford comfort while viewing the surrounding mountains.

    Altitude Adjustment: A Handcrafted Log Home in Colorado

    A Florida family answers the call of the Colorado Rockies.

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    Dream Deferred: An Appalachian-Style Log Home in Washington State

    A Washington family waited to find the right community for their log home and new lives.

  20. A stone wall protects the hot tub, situated below the master bedroom.

    Transforming Tradition: An Alpine Log Home in Minnesota

    A Minnesota couple uses log accents to replace a family cabin with a North Woods lodge.

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