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    Size Matters: Choosing the Correct Square Footage

    Determine the size your log home by relying on lifestyle needs, budget, and strategic design.

  2. Work in Progress: Barn restoration

    Where some folks see a worthless relic, others look upon a neglected barn and imagine a home with soaring spaces and rustic charm. Over the last 30 years, the New Jersey Barn Company, located in Princeton, has dissassembled some 150 vintage buildings, including barns, schools, churches, houses, corn cribs and wood sheds. About 100 have […]

  3. Working in 3D: Avoiding Cost Overruns

    Proper planning can keep you on budget and low on the anxiety scale

  4. How to Modify a Stock Plan to Suit Your Needs and Budget

    You can take a company’s cheapest plans and tweak them efficiently and affordably

  5. Choosing the right fireplace materials

    Survey after survey reveals the fireplace to be one of the most desired features for prospective log-home owners. No surprise there. But saying you want a fireplace is like saying you want a car. The difference between a Kia and a Mercedes is pretty significant. Both will get you from Point A to Point B […]

  6. Weaving Through the Mortgage Mayhem

    Today’s muddled mess on the mortgage front means you need to stay informed

  7. Everybody must get stone

    Stone naturally complements wood and so finds special favor with log-home owners. It is most visible as a chimney material and a facing for foundations, but stone is also used for flooring and countertops, even roofs. And don’t forget landscaping. Manufactured stone has recently become a popular alternative. The result is that whatever uses you […]

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    From Pesky Pariah to Pretty Product

    Invasive red cedar turns into furniture

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    The first 6 steps to your log-home dream

    Follow this path and the experts say you’ll be off to a great start.

  10. 5 Financing Strategies for Log Home Construction

    You can avoid the mess created by the mortgage meltdown

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    Calculating How Much House You Can Afford

    Log Homes Illustrated’s financial expert helps you determine what your real budget should be.

  12. 6 loft-design considerations

    The January 2008 issue of Country’s Best Log Homes took a good look at how you want to plan your loft. Included was this list of points to ponder when designing your loft. 1. How much space do you need? A loft with a pool table would need to be larger than a loft that […]

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    18 people you may meet while getting your home built

    The Log Homes Illustrated 2008 Annual Buyer’s Guide introduces you to the primary players in log-home construction

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    Kitchen planning: Your first 3 steps

    For many, the most exciting room to plan is the kitchen. It’s typically the most expensive room in the house and can be the most challenging to design because it generally is the center of the home’s activity. Log-home kitchens demand unique attention because of their settings. How much wood do you want in the […]

  15. Smart-building tips that can cut costs

    The question I’m most often asked about log-home construction is, “How can I hold down the costs?” I have developed a series of suggestions that, taken together, I call “Building Smart.” Some suggestions involve compromises that not everyone wants to make, but a surprising number of them call for nothing more than common sense. Building […]

  16. Expert advice: Choosing the correct wood species

    Which wood species should I use to build my log home? What is the best type of wood available? Why are there so many different kinds of woods used in the log-home industry? These are often-asked questions of log-home manufacturers and dealers. They are about as easy to answer as, “What is the best car […]

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    25 Secrets to Success: Part I

    Log Homes Illustrated compiles this list of tips from the experts to help you plan for your new log home

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    7 key kitchen-design considerations

    Experts list seven thoughts that may affect your log home kitchen planning.

  19. The 23 Coolest Amenities Money Can Buy

    When it comes to customization of a home, the carefully plotted floor plan is only the beginning. Homeowners love to include amenities. But what qualifies for luxury in today’s world of wood homes? Options seem limitless as the home building industry continues to expand with more creative products, allowing owners to personalize based on the […]

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    25 Secrets To Success: Part II

    Log Homes Illustrated’s Annual Buyer’s Directory offer this helpful advice for starters

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