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  1. Sitting Pretty

    The prevailing theory is that good house design springs from its particular setting. There could be some folks who design an eye-catching house first, then head out seeking a likely spot to build it. Most, though, buy their land first, then seek inspiration from it. Their aim is to arrive at a design that complements […]

  2. Ask The Experts: Utility Rooms

    While the log-home mud room is occasionally an afterthought, the purpose of the room — and its position in the home — are starting to change. “I work with customers designing their homes and find that the mudroom has grown in popularity with all the various uses they’re being utilized for,” says Sue Hass, sales […]

  3. Energy-efficient construction

    Energy consumption and ways to reduce it regularly find their way into the headlines. Even without considering the social and environmental consequences of energy use, there’s a very good reason to consider it carefully as you plan your home. Energy costs money and it’s likely to cost more tomorrow than today. Planning can either save […]

  4. Designing for retirement

    The time to think about what should go where is now

  5. Hardwood Floors: Key Questions Answered

    An expert on hardwood flooring gives you some crucial tips as you start the planning process

  6. Small historical cabin. Photo: Cindy Thiede

    Big Ideas for Not-So-Big Log Homes

    If you’re planning a smaller log home, a few of these tips can help you in a big way

  7. Luxury Log-Home Bath

    Bathroom Makeovers for Less Than $100

    When homeowners think of updating and remodeling their home, one of the first places they focus on is the bathroom. Updating this area can be fun and easy — and inexpensive if you are willing to do the work yourself. There are three major components to your bathroom that can easily be remodeled: the floor, […]

  8. Your 6 Standard Flooring Options

    Here’s a summary of what your primary choices are for flooring

  9. 6 Unique Ideas in Flooring

    The editors of Timber Homes Illustrated found these interesting new options in flooring

  10. Standard plan revision: Save money, get what you want

    The editors of Log Homes Illustrated detail for you how to adjust a standard plan instead of creating a custom plan

  11. Fireplace options

    One of the “essentials” of a log home is the classic fireplace and chimney, the towering edifice that usually anchors the great room. While a natural stone structure is still the primary choice for log-home owners, there are other fireplace options to consider. The classic is built on site by a mason and is constructed […]

  12. Lindal prints new plans, advice book

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    Seamless Effort: Log-home renovation

    A log addition blends the old and new

  14. By request: Architects helping create unique innovations

    When you think of the advances in residential architecture over the past century, some of the greatest innovations in both material and design have occurred in the custom wood homes segment in just the past 20 years. For architects and builders alike, it’s an exciting time to work with customers and create designs that match […]

  15. The correct way to tour a model home

    Model homes are a great way to help you visualize your future home. Here are some tips to help you tour them the right way.

  16. When to say when: Identifying when your wood needs help

    The July 2007 issue of Country’s Best Log Homes pondered a pair of key questions and asked an expert to provide the answers. When is it time to replace or restore your logs?Unfortunately, log rot is something that usually moves fast and won’t stop until it has been eliminated. Here are a few keys to […]

  17. Anatomy of a hybrid home

    There’s this new phenomenon in construction that homeowners are trying to describe. It’s not strictly log construction or timber construction. More than ever before, a mix of wood, stone, and other exotic or regional materials is used to realize a home that truly blends with its natural surroundings. The buzzword currently used is “hybrid,” as […]

  18. Material Gain

    You’re attracted to the traditional look of logs. You love the classiness of timber structures. There’s some cool textured stone on your land that would be perfect as a fireplace or pillar footing. Barnwood siding would be nice for the mudroom. And you have your eye on some exotic hardwood for great room flooring. How […]

  19. Master Bath Fireplace

    Vent-Free Fireplaces Are an Option

    Some remodelers looking to add the rustic touch are turning to natural gas or propane vent-free heaters, fireplaces, stoves, and log sets. In addition, people building a new home looking to heat an ancillary room (basement, bedroom, loft) or folks searching for heating options for a smaller second cabin are investigating vent-free products. “There’s a […]

  20. Corners FAQ: What’s a Butt-and-Pass?

    Want to start a lively conversation among log-home aficionados? Suggest one style of log corner is superior to another. Almost without exception, from the corner-post minimalist to the diehard dovetail devotee, the log-home owner is going to have a passion for what he or she has chosen. And the prospective homeowner may be left wondering […]


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