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  1. Jeff and Schelly Olson

    Homeowners: Jeff and Schelly Olson Location: Grand Lake, Colorado Square Footage: 4,100 Their advice: If they had to do it all over again, “We would have added more storage and closet space,” says Schelly. “We’d also like a main-level laundry/mud room—we have lots of stairs to climb. A larger master bedroom would make a huge […]

  2. Bernie and Penny Klotz

    Homeowners: Bernie and Penny Klotz Location: Rock Lake, Wisconsin Square Footage: 4,100 Their advice: “Keep records of when you stain the home,” says Penny. “With the light color we used on the exterior, we have to apply stain every three years—but it’s worth it, as the home always looks brand new.”

  3. Tom and Shirley Bruce

    Homeowners: Tom and Shirley Bruce Location: Denton, North Carolina Square Footage: 6,500 Their advice: “Make sure you find a quality log manufacturer that will work with you and understand how to make the impossible, possible,” says Tom. “The company should have engineering capability to do more than just sell you a package. Log-company reps visited […]

  4. What We’ve Learned

    In the June issue of Log Home Living, new log-home owners gave us the lowdown on their building experiences. They also commented on how they’ve grown accustomed to their new homes—now learn more about how they got there. And don’t forget to check out their floorplans. Families featured in the story: Tom and Shirley Bruce, […]

  5. Log Home Design Awards – Honorable Mentions

    The Log Home Design Contest: Honorable Mentions Our May 2007 issue featured the winners of our inaugural Log Home Design Awards. But as our editorial staff sifted through the mounds of entries we received in each of our 10 categories, we found that we drooled over more than one plan or coveted more than one […]

  6. Master of the House

    1. Make smart decisions, not cheap ones. Skimping on your log package so you can afford more amenities will only come back to haunt you. Remember: Upgrading to hardwood floors or custom cabinetry in the future is a lot easier than building a whole new addition. 2. Don’t choose a manufacturer because of one floorplan. […]

  7. HOME FRONT-Master of the House

    1. Make smart decisions, not cheap ones. Skimping on your log package so you can afford more amenities will only come back to haunt you. Remember: Upgrading to hardwood floors or custom cabinetry in the future is a lot easier than building a whole new addition. 2. Don’t choose a manufacturer because of one floorplan. […]

  8. Choosing Your Designer

    Most future log-home owners have dreamed about their house most of their lives. What they want and need are usually deeply—or not so deeply—ingrained and just need a little help coming out.Many people will go back and forth about hiring an architect to design their home. Sometimes this decision will be made for you by […]

  9. 25 Tips to Floorplan Perfection

    You’ve been dreaming of your log home for years, clipping photos and articles from magazines, doodling designs on napkins. You’ve imagined the placement of the great room’s fireplace, the configuration of your breakfast bar, even the size and shape of your walk-in closet. Think you’ve covered it all? Chances are, something has slipped your mind. […]

  10. Floorplan Basics

    Everyone knows your home’s floorplan should reflect the way you live. So how do you match the vague notion of lifestyle with a black-and-white blueprint? Easy. Chip away at that obscurity by outlining the specifics, such as how you live and who you live with day to day, what you want and don’t want and […]

  11. 8th Annual Floorplan Design Contest – Best in Show

    Every year, log companies, architects and designers parade their finest floorplans down our design-contest catwalk in hopes that theirs makes it to the winner’s circle. The big prize? Our reader’s undivided attentionÑand the chance that you’ll choose their plan in your own personal design contest. There’s some great stuff in here, so sit back and […]

  12. The Well-Designed Floorplan

    By Melanie D.G. Kaplan Illustrations by James Yang Tom Hahney, owner of Designing Change in Ferndale, Washington, once had a client who wanted to be able to work at her kitchen sink, look out the window to a pond in the distance and capture a precise reflection in the water. An absurdly specific request? Maybe, […]

  13. The Lure of Small

    Smaller log homes (up to 2,500 square feet) are beckoning those who want less space without giving up an inch of style. "Big isn’t necessarily better, it’s just bigger—and many people are starting to realize that," says design impresario Allen Halcomb, president of MossCreek Designs (800-737-2166, in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Simple Life Smaller homes […]

  14. Just Do It

      A home can speak volumes about the people who live there—especially when they designed it themselves. That’s the case with Bert and Carol Bennett, who spent years meticulously crafting their vision for the perfect abode. Now built along an elk migration path in Montana, this log home can’t help but exude personality. “Growing up, […]

  15. 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 […]

  16. 7th Annual Floorplan Design Contest

    You may have noticed this already, but there are a lot of log home floorplans out there. And at some point, while perusing the pages (and pages) of catalogs and magazines, you may have wondered, “Great, but which ones are the best?” To answer this all-important question, we held our 7th Annual Floorplan Design Contest. […]

  17. 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 […]

  18. 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 […]

  19. 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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    How To: Read Blueprints and Floorplans | 15 Tips for Reading Log Home Plans

    What to make of the drawings, elevations and floor plans that will eventually become your dream log home.

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