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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 […]

  2. 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 […]

  3. 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.

  6. 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 […]

  7. 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.

  11. 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.

  13. 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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    5 Tips to Finding the Best Insurance Rates

    Licensed real-estate broker offers money-saving advice.

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    Game rooms now central to log homes

    Designers are using wood accents to create the perfect look and feel in the entertainment area

  19. Design 101: 3 must-know design considerations

    You’ll get to the specifics later. First you need to consider these three factors to get started.

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    Living with bears … and living to tell about it

    Are they as afraid of you as you are of them?

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