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  1. Tips for Cutting Heating Costs

    If you’re purchasing a log home package, you can no longer consider energy efficiency an option. It is now a necessity. The good news: a recent study confirmed what log home owners have always known — log homes are energy efficient.

  2. 2005 – February – Log Home Living

    Past PerfectA historically authentic cabin replicates the region’s frontier heritage.  Secrets of SuccessDesign experts weigh in with tips for successful log home living spaces. CalendarCheck out the latest log home Calendar of Events.

  3. Secrets of Success

    One of the most daunting requests designers face is the square-footage boom. Many modern home owners ask for rambling, luxurious rooms, but striking a balance between spaciously comfortable and cavernously inhospitable is no easy feat.Whether you dream of living in a mammoth log manor or owning a cozy cabin, listen to the varying thoughts of […]

  4. Floorplan of the Month – February 2005

    THE TEXASLow and sprawling like the Lone Star State, The Texas packs almost 3,000 square feet of interior living space into the one-level Precision Craft design.  The good news is that all of this space on one level is far from overwhelming.  The living zone is at the heart of the home with spatial dividers […]

  5. Strategic Stair Design

    By Jay UhlenbrauckUnless you are building a ranch-style home, stair design will have a big impact on the look, layout and livability of your log home. Most homeowners carefully consider materials and style when choosing stairs, but what about placement?Traffic FlowPerhaps the most important consideration when placing stairs is traffic flow. In many cases, the […]

  6. The Great Escape

    By Iyna Bort CarusoPhotography by Roger WadeThe difference between stress and sanctuary is measured in mileage for the Folsom family of UT. Forty-five miles to be exact. That’s the distance from their primary residence in the Salt Lake City suburb of North Salt Lake to their log home getaway in Heber City, adjacent to Park […]

  7. 10 Secrets of Small House Design

    Expert tips for squeezing living space into the smallest designs (Click image to view full ad – 779KB) 1. Borrow space within an open floor planMinimize the number of walls within your space. Open spaces are more comfortable and allow for versatility. Open floor plans also make your spaces work twice as hard, so some […]

  8. Sweat Equity, Sweet Serenity

    By Iyna Bort CarusoPhotography by Roger WadeScott Moran spent a decade running an ambulance service, overseeing 140 employees and dealing with 911 emergencies. After life in the rescue-and-recovery business, he says, “the serenity of a log home in the country has great appeal.” And so does the home. The sprawling gabled residence is set on […]

  9. DIY Fall Fixup Projects

    Winter will be here before you know it. And you’ve got a lot of work to do to get your house, and surrounding property, ready. Some fall fixup jobs require expertise only a professional has. Others you can do yourself. For those do-it-yourselfers out there, we’ve come up with simple projects you can do on […]

  10. The Last Best Place

    Photos Courtesy Alpine Log Homes © Roger Wade Several years ago, Ron and Sue traveled west from their home in the Midwest. It wasn’t a vacation or a business trip. Rather, they embarked on a shopping trip of sorts. They were in search for a place to retire to.Ron and Sue visited Whitefish, Montana, and […]

  11. Finding Your Piece of the Rock

    Location, location, location. If you’ve heard this real estate mantra once, you’ve heard it a thousand times. But what does it really mean to you as you search for the perfect spot for your log home? In its most basic form, it means you can build the perfect log home but if you don’t put […]

  12. Divine Restoration

      By Jay Uhlenbrauck Photography by Roger Wade Dan Boyd had life pretty well figured out by age 10. His plans may have seemed little more than boyhood dreams, but he had every intention of carrying them out. “In a third grade essay titled ‘What I want to be when I grow up,’ he wrote […]

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    Hiring a Log Home Architect

    How-To: Hire an Architect Learn how to get the most out of your architect or designer, and find out what questions you should ask them. by: Jay Uhlenbrauck Choosing the right architect or designer is a crucial step to getting your log home project on track. The central question is who can satisfactorily complete your […]

  14. Pesonalized Plans

      By Jay UhlenbrauckTrial and error is no way to build a log home. William and Linda Butin weren’t willing to wait until their retirement home was built to see how it would turn out. They used a store-bought CAD program and a scale model to make sure their home would fit them — and […]

  15. Outdoor Livin’

    In the good old days, the front porch was where people met to talk about the day’s events. Neighbors would sit and share a glass of lemonade or a cup of coffee. The mood was relaxed and the stress of the day just seemed to float away on gentle summer breezes. Not much has changed. […]

  16. Moving Up in the World

      By Peter Lindblad Photography by Laurie DicksonMickey and Clyde Grimm were through living like nomads. In the years Clyde worked as an executive in the medical diagnostics field, the couple and their two sons moved constantly, going from Arizona to Colorado to Los Angeles to Philadelphia to Boston to Chicago and later to Texas. […]

  17. Drawing up a Furniture Plan

    By Peter LindbladA full house is a pretty good poker hand. When it comes to furnishing your log home, that’s exactly what you want: a full house. (Click image to view full ad – 215KB) To make sure you have enough money to adequately furnish it, plan to spend about 10 to 15 percent of […]

  18. Georgia on my Mind

    By Peter Lindblad Photography by F & E Schmidt Photography One day Linda Quod is going to learn how to fly fish. Until then, she’s content to sit on the porch and watch the trout jump from the river rushing past the Georgia log cabin retreat she shares with her husband, Ken. It’s something you […]

  19. Light Up Your Life

    By Teresa Hilgenberg We need light. It’s a fact of life. But we don’t have to accept it as a utilitarian necessity without style or form. On the contrary, light — whether natural or manufactured — can do more to establish comfort, set a mood or determine a room’s function than any other design element.And […]

  20. Journey to Lost Loon Lodge

    By J.K. LawrencePhotos Courtesy Alpine Log HomesIt was a long journey for John and Sue and their three daughters, but the family finally has a home in Wisconsin’s northwoods. John began traveling the highways leading to the lakes “up North” when he was just 9 years old. “Over the years, I said to myself that […]


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