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    From Start to Finish: Idaho’s Sun Valley Log Home

    In Idaho's Sun Valley, an engineer builds an impressive, energy-efficient log home that saves money in style.

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    Grand Cottage: Lakeside Log Home Getaway

    Persistence pays off when one couple turns a small idea into their dream getaway.

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    Windows Buying Guide

    by: Rachel Machacek | Log Home Living There's a long list of items that you just shouldn't skimp on when you build your log home. Windows are at the tippy top of this list, and fewer things will bear as much weight for a number of reasons. For starters, windows have a tremendous aesthetic influence […]

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    Naming Your Log Cabin

    by: Mike McCarthy | Log Home Living Naming your home has a bad reputation. After all, think about all the times you've driven by a driveway the length of most airstrips and glanced at a sign that read: "The Glens of Comstock" or "Royal Viscount Hills." Your reaction: What a bunch of pretentious jerks. Our […]

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    Keeping Your Log Home Dry | Savvy Builder | Log Home Living

    Summer delivers lots of rain in a hurry, and your home and landscaping can feel the brunt of it. Here’s how to properly plan for the deluge and stay high and dry no matter the season.

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    Everything New Is Old Again: A Maryland Log Home

    Nostalgia meant everything for the design of a 4-year-old log home in Maryland that has a centuries-old heart.

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    Low-Maintenance Landscaping | Deer-Resistant Plants

    Buffaloberry (Shepherdia argentea) zones 2-6 Dwarf bush honeysuckle (Lonicera) zones 3-7 Highbush cranberry (Viburnum trilobum) zones 2-7 Korean barberry (Berberis koreana) zones 3-7 Meyer's spruce (Picea meyeri) zones3-8 Daffodils (Narcissus) zones 3-9 Lambs ears (Stachys byzantina)zones 4-8 Autumn Joy (Sedum spectabile) zones 4-9 Black snakeroot (Actaea racemosa) zones 3-7 Catmint (Nepeta cataria)zones 3-7 Coneflower (Echinacea) […]

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    More Than Words: Graphic Prints from Etsy | Clare’s Wares

    Log Home Living | by: Clare Martin Kidding Around Calming Influence Life Is Beautiful When it comes to decorating walls, log-home owners have a definite advantage over those living in conventional houses—in most rooms, the beauty of stacked logs negates the blank-canvas dilemma. But most log homes have at least a little drywall that's begging […]

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    Log Furniture Craftsman | Character Driven

    by: Whitney Richardson | Log Home Living Bright BeginningsGrowing up immersed in the woodworking field, Jacen James' current profession should come as no surprise. What started as a cleaning job at his stepfather's cabinetry business led to his own interest in cabinet design. After high school, he went to an interior design school for a […]

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    Best Environmentally Sound Log Home Design: The Greenville –Streamline Design Ltd.

    Designed to be completely self sufficient and off the grid, this plan includes a photovoltaic system, on-demand hot water, a ground source heat pump, low-VOC stain and clerestory windows to assist in natural ventilation and increased day lighting.

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    Best Use of Exterior Space for a Log Home: The Washington Harbor –PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes

    Walk out of this timber-heavy design and you’re instantly greeted by a sprawling patio, designed to take advantage of your gorgeous setting while enjoying to protection of a large roof overhang overhead.

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    Most Creative Log Home Bathroom: Jones Custom Plan –BK Cypress Log Homes

    The peep-through vanity is by far one of the most creative elements we’ve seen.

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    Most Creative Log Home Kitchen: The Loyalty –Log Homes Canada

    Designed to sit in the middle of an open space, the back counter is flanked by a refrigerator and a double wall oven, with a stove and backsplash anchoring the U-shaped configuration.

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    Best Multi-Level Log Home Plan: The Agostini –Hearthstone, Inc. & Sellers & Company

    Although simple in design, the great room comes with a sprawling footprint and is surrounded by wraparound porches, the kitchen and a den, making it the center of the action.

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    Best Single-Level Log Home Plan: The Westminster –Expedition Log Homes

    This plan boasts five centralized gathering areas for maximum social capability.

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    Best Floor Plan Over 2,500 Square Feet: The Trailside –PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes

    Sometimes an expansive floor plan can make a home feel more like a museum, but that’s not the case here.

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    Best Log Home Plan Under 2,500 Square Feet: The Crested Butte –Heritage Log & Timber Frame

    No hiding here: This plan’s shape naturally lends it to the wide-open, centralized space that is the family room, dining room, morning room and kitchen.

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    Stored Away | Storage Solutions

    Closets, shelving and cabinetry might be plentiful in your home, but do you have enough room for storage? Indeed, among new homeowners, one of the biggest regrets is not designing enough space to house everything. "Log homes have both advantages and disadvantages for creating storage space," says Monte Burch, author of the recently released "Room […]

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    Great Escape: Massachusetts Riverside Retreat

    A remote riverside retreat provides the perfect getaway for one Massachusetts family.

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    Staircases: Calculated Precision Mixed with Architectural Beauty

    by: Rachel Machacek | Log Home Living A staircase's main job is to cast a bridge between one floor of a home to the next. But, as one of the architectural focal points, it's also about looks, especially since many staircases are designed to go in the entryway or great room where they will stand […]


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