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    On Interstate 77, just north of Charleston, West Virginia, is the site of a log model home built by Appalachian Log Structures that is seen by thousands every day. Jerry Watson, a local businessman, had passed it many times. When the time was right, he would stop in and take a closer look. In 2004, […]


    Dave recalls his first visit to the property where his family would eventually build their log home. “I made a few casts into the river, caught two rainbow trout and one brown,” he says. “I was hooked.” Dave’s love of fishing and his family’s devotion to outdoor sports put them on the quest for a […]


    It started with a tiny, steep lot in a scenic subdivision and a design based initially around a colorful, hand-painted sink from Mexico. But when Duncan and Vivian Morris finished construction on their dream house in 2006, the end result was a residence that deftly managed to demonstrate all of their philosophies about art, the […]


    Whenever Kay and Don Elliott sought a break from their busy auto dealership in Houston, Texas, where they’ve lived for some 30 years, they used to head for the ski slopes and their condo in Beaver Creek, Colorado. After they stopped skiing and tired of the higher elevation, they looked elsewhere for a second home. […]


    Kevin and Jill Piccoli have as much need for a log home as anybody. Working in New York City can provide great ups and downs, and also the need for some time away. “We first purchased our land in May of 2000,” Jill said for this web-exclusive home tour. “After living though the events of […]


    When Jo LaMarche gave boyfriend John Lentine a log-home magazine as a Christmas gift, his life changed forever. As John perused the pages, he dreamed of owning a log home when he retired—someday. But then he decided not to wait for someday. “My mother also inspired me to believe I could do anything and to […]

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    Jungle Fever

    A Costa Rican second home combines U.S. and Central American talent for an international flavor

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    Energy Star Certification: Big Bear Rustic Log Homes

    More proof that log homes are energy efficient as second company attains Energy Star certification

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    Southern Beauty

    In the trillium development of Cashiers, North Carolina, a one-of-a-kind home blends the exotic with the practical to capture the unique vision of the homeowners

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    The Economical Log-Home Ranch

    A couple goes with a cypress log home and a Western theme for their Florida ranch home.

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    Breaking New Ground

    A Maine homeowner reworks her floor plan to suit her tastes

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    Keeping the Peace: A Montana Log Home

    With the help of a design dream team, one couple builds a Montana home that’s as easy on the environment as it is on the spirit.

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    Stairway to Heaven: Your guide to designing the perfect staircase

    7 simple steps for taking your log home’s stairways to the next level

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    Our Guide to Shopping by Month

    January January is the best time to buy furniture on clearance, as stores make room for the new year’s lines and models. You’ll also find White Sales galore with savings of up to 50 percent on sheets, pillows and other linens. Been longing for a plasma TV? Electronics are often marked down after the holiday […]

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    Sarah Susanka’s Not-So-Big Ideas for Log Homes

    by: Jessica Bizik | Log Home Design "The place where we spend most of our time these days is the main living space, which usually includes the family room and kitchen, so this area needs a lot of design attention," says architect and best-selling author Sarah Susanka (of The Not So Big House fame). "I […]

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    Photos of a Lakeside Log Home

    With glass doors opening to the front deck, the living room is perfectly situated for gazing at the lake. The staircase that extends from the front deck leads to a log walkway to lake. The south side of the house includes a door to the basement, which Peter Leyh uses for a workshop and storage. […]

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    A Lakeside Log Home

    Perched high above the shore of majestic Lake George, this rustic chalet showcases the attraction of Adirondack life.

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    5 Fabulous Log-Home Communities: Finding a Place to Call Home

    Looking for a place to call home? Whether it’s a corner lot to call your own or the complete resort lifestyle, we’ve got you covered.

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    Community Spotlight: Simply the Best | North Carolina’s Grand Vista

    by: Sara Brown | Log Home Design It’s common knowledge: If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. That is unless you’re talking about Murphy, North Carolina’s Grand Vista community. It’s here, nestled in the southern tip of both the Appalachian Mountains and the Great Smokies, that you’ll find what they like […]

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    10 Log-Home Maintenance Myths

    You’re probably aware of the concerns some people have about log-home maintenance. Some horror stories have been told about how homes quickly fell into disrepair and thousands of dollars were spent bringing the home back to its original beauty. The real story is how it got that way. The homeowners were either unaware of wood […]

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