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  1. Exterior Motives

      Most of the “living” will happen inside of your log home. But, for many of us, the dream starts on the outside—with a vision of our ideal home surrounded by lush valleys or steps away from a favorite fishing hole. Indeed, building a custom home can be one of the most creative and rewarding […]

  2. The Shape of Things to Come

      These days, kitchens come in almost as many shapes, sizes and styles as shoes. But unlike a new pair of sneakers, when you’re drawing the plans for a new kitchen or even a remodel, you can’t try on your floorplan and walk around in it to make sure it’s comfortable. So how do you […]

  3. Under Spacious Skies

      Norman Rockwell couldn’t have painted a more reverential American picture: A lazy Minnesota summer spent on the front porch, with cool hilltop breezes rustling the leaves on the nearby trees. And there I was on that old porch, curled up in our weathered rocking chair re-reading Brewster’s Millions for the umpteenth time. Recently, something […]

  4. Inside Job

    Something funny happens to people when they build timber frame homes: They get caught up in a whitewashed frenzy. Many are so worried about taking away from the beauty of their wood posts and beams that they opt for sterile, vanilla walls throughout every inch of their houses. Others are brave enough to clad a […]

  5. Love me Timber

      Building a timber frame home is a lot like dating: You want the total package. We’re talking looks, brains, a sense of humor and a willingness to put up with that annoying little habit of yours. (C’mon, you know which one.) But once you find your soul mate, chances are you’ll live together forever.Same […]

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    Best Facade Forward

    The face of your log home should make a great first impression as well as protect your family’s log home from the elements.

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    Log Home Cleaning Tips

    Let’s face it: Nobody likes to clean. And if your log home is your vacation home, this fact rings especially true. However, a home’s dust, dirt and debris can be more than just a nuisance: it can make you sick. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates pollution inside the home may be two to […]

  8. Light Bright

      Glass is usually thought of as a transparent shield that separates us from the great outdoors. But it also can be used in many imaginative ways around your castle—from unexpected sink and furniture designs to durable and decorative countertops and shower enclosures. Today’s glass artisans and manufacturers are pioneering the way for a melding […]

  9. Home Design – From Crayons to CAD

    You don’t have to be a computer genius to try this user-friendly home-design software that will help you get your floorplan just right. When we were kids, we all started out drawing with crayons, which quickly grew into playing with blocks, Legos, Lincoln Logs and even dioramas to create our version of the perfect house. […]

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    Dixie Delight: A Western-Style Log Home in Alabama

    Bill and Kay Barkley’s log home in Southern Alabama sits on a former plantation in a region more identified with Gone with the Wind than True Grit.

  11. 2005 – May – Log Home Living

    Dixie DelightWestern living is a state of mind. You can achieve it anywhere, if you have the right approach. From Crayons to CADYou don’t have to be a computer genius to try this user-friendly home-design software. CalendarCheck out the latest log home Calendar of Events.

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    Story Time

    A Georgia family writes its own history in a new log cabin.

  13. 2005 – April – Log Home Design Ideas

    True GritA couple creates a rustic Wyoming escape by combining two 1930s-era log cabins into a 1,000-square-foot guesthouse. Energy Efficient HomesLearn how to save money (and the planet) with the latest “green-building” techniques. CalendarCheck out the latest log home Calendar of Events.

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    Green Building Tips & Techniques

    Green Building Tips & Techniques While the primary goal is to protect the environment, green-building practices often result in financial savings for consumers — including log-home owners. by: Tracy Fox According to the U.S. Green Building Council, "green building" (also referred to as "eco-design" and "sustainable design") has an increasingly profound effect on our environment, […]

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    True Grit

    A couple creates a rustic Wyoming escape by combining two 1930s-era log cabins into a 1,000-square-foot guesthouse.

  16. Log Fastening Solutions

    Many types of fasteners are used for log homes. Each log home producer chooses a fastening system based on traditional construction methods, formal structural engineering, on-site handling convenience, availability and cost.

  17. Venting Your Log Home

    You’ve seen the photographs of the old Alaskan trapper’s cabin buried deep in a snow bank, smoke curling up from a stove pipe sticking out of the roof. Inside it’s snug and warm as winter rages outside. It’s the picture of comfort, right? That depends.Take a look inside. Damp sweaters, socks and mittens are drying […]

  18. Building the Perfect Bath

      Baths of the past emphasized practicality over aesthetics. They were small, sterile spaces that served their purpose, nothing more. Remember the outhouse or the privy? Though function is still a top priority, today’s homeowners want baths that are more luxurious. They may even come with all sorts of modern amenities, including televisions, music systems, […]

  19. 10 Decorating Dilemmas Solved

      If you are having troubles putting the finishing touches on your log home, you’re not alone. Home decorating tasks can be daunting, but the alternative — living in unfinished spaces — is worse. We asked design professionals to help tackle some of the most common decorating dilemmas, including problems specific to log-home owners. Here […]

  20. Floorplan of the Month – April 2005

    THE ASTORIAThe simple design of the Astoria is the perfect plan for empty nesters, vacationers or folks just looking to downsize. But as The Log Connection proves, simple doesn’t have to translate into boring. There’s so much detail and charm packed into this 1,313-square-foot home, it’s hard to pick a favorite feature. From the outdoor […]

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