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Planning a Log Home

Building a log home requires a lot of pre-planning, from research to budgeting. Make sure you’re financially prepared for the building process, as well as knowledgeable on what goes into log cabin construction.

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    10 Questions to Ask Your Lender

    10 questions you should ask a lender before starting a construction loan and signing a purchase agreement

  2. 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 CottageTips.com. 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.

  3. Best Places to Build a Log Home

    Location Inspiration: Scenic Places to Build a Log Home

    6 Oft-Overlooked Places to Build Your Log Home

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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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    Tips for Open Layouts

    Missteps to avoid when laying out interior spaces.

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    10 Ways to Make a Small Space Feel Large

    Taking advantage the space you have is a great way to enhance the functionality of every inch of your home.

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    Room in Focus: Great Rooms

    Open floor plans present opportunities and challenges.

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    Best Environmentally Sound Log Home Design: The Greenville –Streamline Design Ltd.

    Designed to be completely self sufficient and off the grid, this plan includes a photovoltaic system, on-demand hot water, a ground source heat pump, low-VOC stain and clerestory windows to assist in natural ventilation and increased day lighting.

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    Best Use of Exterior Space for a Log Home: The Washington Harbor –PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes

    Walk out of this timber-heavy design and you’re instantly greeted by a sprawling patio, designed to take advantage of your gorgeous setting while enjoying to protection of a large roof overhang overhead.

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    Most Creative Log Home Bathroom: Jones Custom Plan –BK Cypress Log Homes

    The peep-through vanity is by far one of the most creative elements we’ve seen.

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    Most Creative Log Home Kitchen: The Loyalty –Log Homes Canada

    Designed to sit in the middle of an open space, the back counter is flanked by a refrigerator and a double wall oven, with a stove and backsplash anchoring the U-shaped configuration.

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    Best Multi-Level Log Home Plan: The Agostini –Hearthstone, Inc. & Sellers & Company

    Although simple in design, the great room comes with a sprawling footprint and is surrounded by wraparound porches, the kitchen and a den, making it the center of the action.

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    Best Single-Level Log Home Plan: The Westminster –Expedition Log Homes

    This plan boasts five centralized gathering areas for maximum social capability.

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    Best Floor Plan Over 2,500 Square Feet: The Trailside –PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes

    Sometimes an expansive floor plan can make a home feel more like a museum, but that’s not the case here.

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    Best Log Home Plan Under 2,500 Square Feet: The Crested Butte –Heritage Log & Timber Frame

    No hiding here: This plan’s shape naturally lends it to the wide-open, centralized space that is the family room, dining room, morning room and kitchen.

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    10 Most Common Planning Mistakes

    Avoid the most common or egregious planning mistakes when building your log home.

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    Fall Maintenance Checklist: Time to check your logs

    Fall is a great time to take inventory of how well your logs (along with the rest of your home’s shell) are doing. Here are 7 tips to get you started.

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    Simple Beauty

    The art of Japanese styled custom wood homes


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