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  1. Window Treatment

    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 […]

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  9. Property Sign

    On the Money | Location Isn’t Everything

    5 essential tips for buying property

  10. Location Isn’t Everything

  11. 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?

  16. 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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