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  1. A series of stairs leads to the various levels of the property and eventually to Douglas Lake, where the Pfendler family spends their summer vacations engaged in boating, fishing, swimming, motorcycling and just plain relaxing. Dormers, a shed roof over a portion of the covered porch, and the extended eave over the windowed gable in the living room add to the magnificent architectural appeal of this Hearthstone home. Split-faced cinderblock used for the foundation is cost-effective and can be painted.

    Great Escape: A Tennessee Vacation Log Home

    A Tennessee vacation home provides a couple with a respite from the Florida heat and plenty of room for grandchildren.

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    Blue Ridge Log Cabins and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

    Blue Ridge Log Cabins Premiers On ABC this Sunday, Sept. 25 at 7/6c As part of her Joining Forces initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama is coming to Fayetteville on Thursday, July 21 to help “move that bus!” Get the latest updates on Facebook. Volunteer Information To participate in the build or in one of the […]

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    Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #22, Stacking the Logs Pt. 3

    Our bloggers watch as provisions for the second-floor log walls are put into place.

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    Stylish Kitchens

    A sense of cohesion assures both sensory pleasure and functionality.

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    A Home for Everyone | Universal Design

    Because universal design takes into account a range of lifestyles and physical characteristics, it’s perfect for the lifetime of your home — and includes everyone, young and old.

  6. Best Plan Between 2,500 and 4,000 Square Feet: Honorable Mention

    Square Footage: 2,589888-207-0210 | thelogconnection.com Main Level Upper Level Click floor plan image to see a larger view. Return to the 2011 Country’s Best Design Awards Honorable Mentions main page

  7. Best Plan Between 1,500 and 2,500 Square Feet: Honorable Mention

    Square Footage: 2,418208-463-4421 | summithandcrafted.com Main Level Upper Level Click floor plan image to see a larger view. Return to the 2011 Country’s Best Design Awards Honorable Mentions main page

  8. When selecting a floor plan, Lou and Daniele Covotsos wanted to make sure the home looked nice from both the front and back. "We saw a million different plans," says Daniele. "I liked the Waterford a lot, and [when] I found out it could be adapted and expanded upon, then we just really liked it."

    Accessible Elegance: A Wisconsin Handicap Accessible Cabin

    A Chicago couple designed their retirement cabin in the Wisconsin woods with accessibility in mind.

  9. Best Plan Under 1,500 Square Feet: Honorable Mention

    Square Footage: 1,335888-564-2833 | loghomescanada.com Main Level Upper Level Click floor plan image to see a larger view. Return to the 2011 Country’s Best Design Awards Honorable Mentions main page

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    2011 Country’s Best Design Awards | Honorable Mentions

    When dreaming of their future cabin, most people think of the scenic location, the family get-togethers, the sprawling porch and the quiet evenings. But before you can bring any of those dreams to life, you’ll need to settle on the right floor plan for your home. Unfortunately, many homeowners get stuck trying to choose a […]

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    Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #21, Stacking the Logs Pt. 2

    Our bloggers are fascinated by the window and door jamb systems utilized in log-home construction.

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    A Guide to Going Green

    When it comes to energy-efficient building, there is a lot to keep track of. We explain the different green-building programs so you know how to make the right choices for your dream cabin.

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    7 Expert Tips for a Perfect Deck

    From conception to construction, build a fantastic deck that’s functional, too.

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    Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #20, Stacking the Logs – Finally!

    Our bloggers’ log-home project begins to take shape as each course of logs is meticulously laid.

  15. Visitors immediately feel as if they’ve stepped back in time when they walk up to the Hincheys’ front door, thanks to traditional-style chinking and a classic Adirondack chair made by local craftsman John Brake. A weathered log makes a perfect side table for morning coffee.

    The Waiting Game: Montana Lakeside Cabin

    After years of waiting for the perfect property, a Montana couple is finally able to enjoy the lakefront cabin they always wanted.

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    Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #19, Excavating and Laying the Foundation Pt. 5

    Weather-related construction delays threaten to significantly stall our bloggers’ project, but savvy planning and a little luck help get things off the ground.

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    3 Steps to Keep Your Cabin Healthy

    Three simple ways to make sure your cabin stays in tip-top shape.

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    Get Into Your Log Cabin — Fast!

    Pro pointers to help you save money and get into your dream home ASAP.

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    Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #18, Excavating and Laying the Foundation Pt. 4

    As the basic building installation continues on their home, our bloggers find themselves more acquainted with their inspector than they ever wanted to be.

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    All in the Mix: A Tennessee Mountain Cabin

    A model home in the Smoky Mountains uses mixed media to convey a cozy sensibility.


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