How to Choose a Builder

Ask Professor Rob 
We are having a hard time deciding on the builder and log-home company we want to work with. How do we make a final decision? We don’t want to make the wrong choice.

A: Choosing the right builder and log producer for your dream home can sometimes seem difficult. Here are three tips that might help.

1 Take […]

Choosing a Location and Builder

Hit the Road
Most new log homes are built on undeveloped land. You’ll need access for vehicles, materials and workers. That means a road. A clearing through the woods might seem like the solution, but an access road must handle traffic in all kinds of weather. A graded roadbed topped with gravel should do the job. […]

Plan to Save

Here are a few suggestions that can help you lower the final cost of a log home.
1 Educate yourself. The money you think you have saved in one phase may cost you in another.

2 Do the work yourself… if you have the time and knowledge. Thirty to 40 percent of the final cost of a […]

The Downside of Uplift

6 reasons why cathedral ceilings often fall flat.
By Mercedes Hayes

It’s no secret that a cathedral ceiling is all the rage in log homes. I would venture to say that for resale, this kind of look sells the house quickly. A vaulted ceiling implies lots of windows, hence lots of light, which is at the top […]

Classic Design

Play up your log look by basing it on regional styles.

An appeal of building your log home is the opportunity to design it as you like. Doubts set in, however, because A) most people have never designed a home before and B) the few who have, haven’t designed a LOG home.
Learn how […]

Guide to Building Your Log Home

Detailed "how to guide" to building a log home, covering everything from site locations to log raising to interior finishes.

Paying Attention Pays Off

6 cost-saving tips for your home-construction project.
By Jim Cooper

1. Plan first. In the high excitement of planning a dream home, details sometimes get passed over. Costs for things like appliances, lighting and cabinetry might wind up getting postponed until after construction starts, making for unpleasant surprises. Make sure you’ve included costs for everything in your […]

Video: Choosing a Log Company

This video outlines 6 helpful tips to guide you through the process of choosing a log company for your home by defining how companies are valued.

Video: Choosing Corners For Your Log Home

This video will discuss the different types of corner systems and construction methods available for your log home project.

Video: Energy Efficiency 101

Watch this video to learn the basics of how to create a home with energy efficient designs that will save you money and decrease your footprint.