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    Best Plan 2,500 to 4,000 Square Feet Honorable Mention: The Birch Bay Home Plan

    by The Log Connection 888-207-0210; Highlights: Five bedrooms, each with ample closet space, is an achievement that’s sure to please homeowners and guests alike. A luxurious master suite complete with a large bay window allows the homeowners to feel instantly connected with nature, while an upper-level junior suite creates a cozy haven for guests. […]

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    Best Kitchen Plan Honorable Mention: Sonoma Home Plan

    Kitchen Square Footage: 190 by Timber Block 866-929-5647; Highlights: A good working triangle between the refrigerator, sink and stovetop ensures easy maneuverability, with ample work space on either side of the stovetop to store ingredients and cooking utensils. Direct access via sliding door to the outdoor deck allows greater flexibility for al fresco dining […]

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    Best Master Bedroom Honorable Mention: The Fairmont Home Plan

    Master Bedroom Square Footage: 335 by The Log Connection 888-207-0210; Highlights: Simplicity rules in this master bedroom: Squarish dimensions cordon off the main living area, while basic bifold doors lead to a sizeable, but not overwhelming, walk-in closet. A quiet balcony overtop the cabin’s entry creates the perfect sitting spot for enjoying a morning […]

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    Best Master Bathroom Honorable Mention: The Saginaw Home Plan

    Master Bathroom Square Footage: 134 by The Log Connection 888-207-0210; Highlights: A separate water closet allows multiple users to access the bathroom simultaneously. A soaking tub offers great views of the outdoors, and serves as the perfect divider to allow each homeowner his or her own private sink station. Inclusion of a separate tub […]

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    Best Master Bathroom Honorable Mention: Islander Home Plan

    Master Bathroom Square Footage: 148 by Murray Arnott Design 866-603-3889; Highlights: A glass shower subtly mimics the curvature of the polygonal setting in which it rests while offering plenty of space for its user. Jack-and-Jill sinks and a toilet are tucked neatly into opposing corners to maximize floor space. Placement adjacent to the walk-in […]

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    5 Tips That Will Save Your Chimney from Water Damage

    It may seem counterintuitive, but whether you’re dealing with spring rains or winter freezes, water can wreak significantly more havoc on your chimney than fire. Prolonged contact with water can deteriorate brick, mortar and tile and corrode steel and cast iron. Expansion from the freeze/thaw effect can cause even more water damage. The result can […]

  7. Pastel colors and beach-gathered accents infuse this room with the same sense of serenity found on a quiet beach.

    Your Beach Cottage: Coastal, Not Kitsch

    Create an elegant, shore-inspired beach cottage that doesn’t go, well, overboard.

  8. The home features Appalachian-style flat logs with dovetail corners and 4-inch chink joints. The logs are cut up to 40 feet long, a design feature that eliminates leaks in the log system and cuts down on long-term maintenance.

    Low-Maintenance Lakeside Cabin

    A lakeside cabin emits a low-key ambience through low-maintenance building materials and an open, casual design.

  9. Tucked under an expansive roof system, this outdoor fireplace handily showcases everything a well-designed hearth can be: warm, attractive, space-defining and sociable. Photo credit: Hearthstone Homes

    How to Design a Functional Outdoor Fireplace

    Learn how to incorporate an outdoor fireplace to make the most of your open-air entertainment spaces throughout the year.

  10. This custom home not only has views of Big Sky and Moonlight Basin ski areas, but homeowners Linda and Renny Lovold can ski right out of their front door.

    Mountain Retreat: A Guest-Friendly Log Home in Montana

    Photos of a mountain retreat in Big Sky country that beckons three generations to share old memories, create new ones and relish the great outdoors.

  11. No matter how daunting the task of renting out your cabin may seem or what stage of the home-building or buying process you’re in, rest assured that you’ll never lack interest in your property. “The idea of spending a vacation in a quiet locale, surrounded by nature, appeals to a lot of people,” says Andrew Walker, editor of Photo credit: Cindy Thiede

    How To Rent a Cabin

    Renting your cabin can be a great way to afford your vacation home and make a little money – just make sure you do it the right way.

  12. Nervous about trying your hand at window decorations? Start with something simple, like blinds. Credit: James Ray Spahn photo

    5 Tips to Picture-Perfect Window Treatments

    Choosing the right window treatments needn’t be intimidating or expensive. Use these five tips to get the best fits for your cabin.

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    4 Great Fencing Options for Rustic Cabins

    Learn about a few practical fencing options to suit your home’s style.

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    How To: Create a DIY Vertical Garden

    Step-by-step instructions on how to create your own personalized vertical garden.

  15. Smart meters have some service benefits, but they have several pitfalls as well. Credit:© Henk Jacobs

    Smart Meters and Monitoring Your Consumption

    Know the difference between smart meters and smart homes.

  16. Western red cedar shingles sound a note of warmth and sustainability, and they also are respectful of the region’s historic character. A charcoal-colored metal roof mimics the style of local farmhouses. “We tried to be consistent to the aesthetic of traditional building materials even though it’s a very modern home,” explains Paul.

    A Canadian Post-and-Beam Cabin

    A secluded post-and-beam retreat on Canada’s Prince Edward Island is all about the tranquility of the sea.

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    History Found in an Old Log Cabin

    A nearly 200-year-old log cabin is rebuilt as true to form as possible for use as a primary home in Quebec.

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    Deck Maintenance and Staining

    Proper deck maintenance is key to prolonging the life of your exterior living area. As much as you love your cabin’s interior, its outdoor living spaces are sure to become some of your favorite aspects of your home. Barbecues, bonfires and backyard get-togethers take on a whole new dimension of relaxation when you’re surrounded by […]

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    Adirondack Lodge: Logs Inspire Finishing Touches

    Artisans contribute their talents to an Adirondack lodge-inspired Wisconsin log home.

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    Winning Effort: An Adirondack-Inspired Lakefront Home

    An Adirondack-Inspired Lakeside Home

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