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  1. An Inside Look at Small Home Design

    Murray Arnott’s job is to squeeze as much livable space out of a home as he can. The award-winning designer serves as principal of Murray Arnott Design Ltd., a Canadian firm that has specialized in designing custom log homes for almost 20 years. Over the course of his career, Arnott has won a major architectural […]

  2. Start of Something Big

      By Peter LindbladPhotos By Roger WadeBefore Keith and Sara Gores retire to their Colorado mountain retreat, there’s work to be done. The plank-style cedar log home they built has only 800 square feet of living space. That’s fine for vacation getaways, but when the Gores move there for good, they want to live in […]

  3. Mixing Business & Pleasure

    By Andrew Wormer Photos by Roger Wade “Dad, get a job!” This is a message a prudent parent takes to heart, particularly when it echoes what a spouse has been telling you for weeks. For Craig Andrews, a recently retired computer industry executive, the message was clear: it was time to get out of the […]

  4. Logs 101

    Everything you need to know to choose the right logs for your home

  5. Staying in Hot Water

    In the war against expanding household expenses and environmental waste, the hot water heater is woefully neglected. Tucked away in a basement corner, it’s rarely mentioned as a heavy energy user. But water heating is the second largest household energy cost—around 17 percent. The good news is there are newer, more efficient heaters on the […]

  6. Regional Rules

    Decorating for the holidays represents something different for every family. Most of us default to traditional wreaths, garland and delicate white lights. And that’s fine. There really isn’t a wrong way to decorate. But since many decorations end up in high-profile spots outside, there are some considerations based on your region that’ll make your scheme […]

  7. Winter Garden

    How to create interest in your garden after the plants die downWinter is like the final exam in the garden—a time when you can evaluate your design and the appointments you’ve put in place. In spring and summer, lush foliage and lavish floral displays can disguise a wealth of design problems, but once the foliage […]

  8. From Dream to Reality

    What you need to know when choosing a log home provider.Choosing a log home provider can be tricky business. The good news is that most providers are equipped to make your choices seamless and easy. They’ll help you create a plan, select a log package and assist you in the building process. In short, they’re […]

  9. Packaged to Perfection

    Shop smart to find the log home package that’s a perfect fit for you.Car dealers offer them. Major-league teams market them. Even fast-food restaurants sell them. They’re packages, and each one contains a different set of options. Companies offer packages to help their customers decide which options are most appealing to them. Log home companies […]

  10. Smart Money: Getting a Loan

    3 tips to avoid the confusion that can go along with getting a loan for your log home You’ve purchased a sweet lot, fine-tuned your floor plan and chosen a builder and producer. Major hurdles, indeed. But now that you’re in the home stretch, there’s that little issue of how you’re going to pay for […]

  11. Mission Accomplished

      By K.T. AndersPhotography by P. Clayton ThompsonAh, retirement. For some, the “golden years” are a time to slow down and take it easy. For many, though, it’s just a slight jump from “go-go-going” to work to “go-go-going” on trips. What better way to celebrate this freedom, thought California natives Terri and Byron Kirchart, than […]

  12. 2005 – January – Log Home Design Ideas

    Mission AccomplishedA cross-country road trip inspires two retirees to build their dream home in Oregon. Fire Down BelowWarm up to the benefits of radiant floor heating. CalendarCheck out the latest log home Calendar of Events.

  13. Fire Down Below

    By Wyatt MyersLog homes have long epitomized comfort and warmth, even on the coldest winter nights. How we heat homes, however, has changed over the years—from classic wood-burning fireplaces to the conventional furnace and ductwork that are so common today. Furnace-fed heating systems have some flaws that are hard to overcome, such as chilly floors […]

  14. January 2005 Log Home Living Cover

    This 4,200-square-foot home is a gorgeous mountain retreat near Chromo, Colorado. Home owners Gerald and Marjorie Fitzgerald worked with American Southwest Log Homes of Pagosa Springs to create its rustic design and stunning floorplan. Here are some of the criteria that went into the planning process: Big, 11-inch lodgepole pine logs with a hand-drawn finish. […]

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  16. Photography Contest Results are In!

    FIRST PRIZE In some parts of the country, getting a new tractor is still cause for celebration. At Pamela and Steven Vias’ cabin in Cloudland, Georgia, the feeling was no different. So, everyone posed for a picture—even the oldest family member, Luz Collazo, 88. “She ran upstairs, put on her denim dress and hat and […]

  17. Budget “Must-Haves”

    Budget "Must-Haves" You can cut costs at every corner, but cutting these corners will end up costing much, much more. by: Charles Bevier Of course, slicing and dicing your budget can be taken too far. Don’t think you can alter how your home is supposed to be built to save money. Indeed, make sure your […]

  18. 2005 – January – Log Home Living

    Cover HomeTake a look at the floorplan that accompanies this gorgeous Colorado home. Swiss BlissA California Couple Relishes Log Home Living, Chalet-Style. Budget SaversHere’s 9 solutions to tame the budget beast. The Results are In!  Our top three winners from the photo contest. CalendarCheck out the latest log home Calendar of Events.

  19. 2004 – December – Log Home Design Ideas

    The Little Cabin That GrewSmall details make an expansive 4,100-sqaure-foot log home feel cozy Cozy CottageEven the biggest rooms can feel homey with these “small-minded” design tips. CalendarCheck out the latest log home Calendar of Events.

  20. Cozy Cottage

      BY MIRA JEAN STEINBRECHER Close your eyes and imagine your ideal log home. Most folks will picture someplace that’s the epitome of comfort: small, cute, warm and inviting. You can see yourself curled up in front of the fire, reading a good book or nuzzling with the one you love. The light is low, […]

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