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    Expert Advice: 8 Money-Saving Planning Tips

    Architect tells you what you can do to save money in the long run by planning properly up front

  2. Visit the inside of a furniture factory

    Given the dizzying acceleration of change nowadays, people still crave objects made with artistry, with attention to quality and detail and, most importantly, by hand. This is especially true among log-home owners, who cherish wood and craftsmanship. Where better to find such tradition and pride than in America’s heartland? Here, in Shelbyville, Indiana, the Old […]

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    Going solar: Off-grid home in the High Sierras

    How a California couple went solar

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    Financing a Major Renovation

    Here are tips from an expert on how to get financing to fix up something you already own

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    Using Decorative Wood

    Wood as a decorative medium can generally be broken down into three categories: carvings, burls, and bark. Carvings are self-explanatory. According to Anthony R. Brach of Harvard University Herbaria, a burl is “a hard, woody outgrowth on a tree, more or less rounded in form, usually resulting from the entwined growth of a cluster of […]

  6. Comfy Cozy

    For nearly 30 years, the log-home industry has invested heavily in the concept of thermal mass to explain the warmth and comfort experienced by log-home owners. Thermal mass (the ability of a material to absorb, store and later release heat) has blended into the energy codes, and those codes continue to change in a political […]

  7. Organic Architecture

    Bold new green designs grace a home in Chile

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    The Cabin Scout

    A North Carolina man reconstructs and relocates cabins of the distant past

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    Choosing the Right Roof

    A summary of your options to top off your home.

  10. Laminated Logs

    The weekend has finally come, you have your tickets and you and your significant other enter the long-awaited log home show in a nearby city. In one booth, there’s a banner that says, “XYZ Log Company offers only the finest in engineered laminated logs.” What in the world is a laminated log? Is it covered […]

  11. 6 quick steps to becoming more green

    Kermit would agree you should consider these environmental solutions

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    Bedroom Design Dos and Don’ts

    Tips from designers and decorators to get you thinking about bedroom planning.

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    Financing a Facelift

    Financial expert tells you how to avoid the pitfalls of paying for a renovation

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    15 Tips for Bathroom Decor

    Country’s Best Log Homes looks at the nuances for all sizes of bathrooms.

  15. 10 cutting-edge interior design ideas

    Here are the latest trends to create a green and fashionable interior

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    Second Heaven: The Perfect Vacation Home

    You’ll enjoy your second or vacation home a lot more if you successfully plan on the front end.

  17. Sponsored Product Spotlight: Tulikivi soapstone fireplaces

    With its incredible efficiency, clean-burning technology, and use of renewable fuel, a Tulikivi soapstone fireplace is one of the most environmentally responsible heating choices for your home. Also known as masonry heaters or thermal mass fireplaces, heat-storing fireplaces like Tulikivi are growing in popularity among those who wish to conserve natural resources and trim heating […]

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    How to Customize a Small Cabin

    There are ways to accommodate a small log cabin without compromising design integrity.

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    Creating a Care-Free Cabin

    Don’t let your second home become a chore


    Fall and spring roofing maintenance tips

    So how’s your roof? You don’t know? Most of us don’t know what’s happening with our roofs because we never actually climb a ladder and look at them. But that “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” approach can turn into a costly roof maintenance strategy. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends homeowners conduct a simple roof checkup every fall […]

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