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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.

  1. Flexible Floorplans | Taking Log Home Plans from Stock to Custom Floorplans

    Real-Life Stock to Custom Floorplans Homeowners: Nelson and Caryl Tilden by: Leah Kerkman The homeowners: Nelson and Caryl Tilden, in New York Their log home company: Kuhns Bros. Log Homes Inc., in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania Their starting point: “Beech Mountain” What they changed: One large addition to the floorplan was an attached two-car garage. Worried that […]

  2. Flexible Floorplans | Taking Log Home Plans from Stock to Custom Floorplans

    Real-Life Stock to Custom Floorplans Homeowners: Rob and Micah Caldwell by: Leah Kerkman The homeowners: Rob and Micah Caldwell, in Tennesseee Their log home company: Barna Log Homes, in Oneida, Tennessee. Their starting point: “The Windwood III” What they changed: The couple flip-flopped the layout of the house to capture the landscape of Reelfoot Lake, […]

  3. Flexible Floorplans | Taking Log Home Plans from Stock to Custom Floorplans

    Real-Life Stock to Custom Floorplans Homeowner: Dave Cutrell by: Leah Kerkman The homeowner: Dave Cutrell, in Massachusetts Their log home company: Real Log Homes, in Hartland, Vermont Their starting point: “The Mendon” What he changed: Dave wanted to create a separate living quarters for his son, Andy. Since zoning laws prohibited two structures on the […]

  4. Flexible Floor Plans | Taking Log Home Plans from Stock to Custom Floor Plans

    Real-Life Stock to Custom Floor Plans Homeowners: Dan and June Lester by: Leah Kerkman The homeowners: Dan and June Lester, in Ohio. Their log home company: Appalachian Log Structures, in Ripley, West Virginia. Their starting point: “The Richmond” What they changed: Dan needed a home office, so the Lesters decided to forgo the two-level master […]

  5. What the Homeowners Wanted | The Dream | You Dream, We Design

    You Dream, We Design A primary residence uses the great outdoors as its inspiration by: Mike McCarthy Future homeowners: Don and Katie Fritz Desired square footage: 1,600 to 1,800, primary residence Location of new home: Western Wisconsin, Pierce County, Spring Lake Township Special property features: Twenty-five acres; 3 acres open and 22 heavily populated with […]

  6. The Floorplans | Designed by PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes

    You Dream, We Design A primary residence uses the great outdoors as its inspiration by: Mike McCarthy Floorplans and elevation images (click for a larger version of the image):   Upper level: Main level: Lower level: Elevation images (click for a larger version of the image):   Entrance elevation: Rear elevation:     Side (master […]

  7. Tips for Reading Log Home Plans | How To: Read Blueprints

    More Tips to Reading Blueprints What to make of the drawings, elevations and floor plans that will eventually become your dream log home by: Log Home Living editorial staff 11. The placement of appliances and fixtures is easy to determine. The symbol for a kitchen range or cooktop is four circles within a square. Bird’s-eye […]

  8. Tips for Reading Floor Plans | How To: Read Blueprints

    More Tips to Reading Blueprints What to make of the drawings, elevations and floor plans that will eventually become your dream log home by: Log Home Living editorial staff 6. On the blueprints of a two-story house, you will encounter a staircase, revealed by a group of parallel lines. The number of lines is equal […]

  9. Floorplan Tips

    Floorplan Perfection – Great Room This open, shared space is what lures many people to the log home lifestyle in the first place. Images of family time spent around a game board or sharing a bottle of wine in front of a cozy fire are a draw to be sure, but smart planning goes a […]

  10. Floorplan Tips

    Floorplan Perfection – Kitchens Today’s kitchen is hailed as the social epicenter of the modern home, playing host to activities from family breakfasts to elaborate dinner parties. Here’s how to ensure you get the most from this multitasking space. by: loghome.com editorial staff We asked five design expertslog home general contractor and author Robbin Obomsawin, […]

  11. Planning a Dream Log Home in 18 Steps

    Plan Your Dream Home Now 18 strategies to realize your dream home in the next 12 months by: Charles Bevier Where do our homes end and our lives begin? We ask because it’s a surprisingly intimate relationship we have with our homes, since our successes and failures are played out within their walls every day. […]

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    Log Home-Building Tips | Log Home Diary Entry #3 | Wisconsin Log Homes

    Log Home Diary: Entry # 3 5 log home-building tips (stuff we wish we knew before we started). by: Log Home Design | diary by: JoAnn Hennigan 1. Talk it out. Building a home is an important, possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so don’t rush it. Before we started, we spent considerable time reading and researching to […]

  13. Off the Radar: extras

    Click any county below to find out what to do when you’re there.   Door County, Wisconsin Brown County, Indiana     Shenandoah County, Virginia Calhoun County, South Carolina     Gillespie County, Texas Cochise County, Arizona     Grafton County, New Hampshire St. Lawrence County, New York     Bonner County, Idaho Humboldt County, […]

  14. #1 Wapiti, Wyoming

    Why it’s hot: Rarely is the term “the middle of nowhere” better illustrated than in Wapiti. Squarely situated between the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park and Cody, Wyoming, this slice of the state is a giant photo opportunity—complete with towering pines and crystal-clear mountain streams. In an area where you’re more likely to see […]

  15. #2 Harney County, Oregon

    Why it’s hot: This self-proclaimed “Gateway to the Steens Mountains” also serves as a portal to a largely undiscovered refuge for wildlife. The impressive, unfettered natural landscapes are a photographer’s paradise, with the 9,700-foot-high ridge of the Steens offering a vantage point to view a majority of southeast Oregon. Included in the view are the […]

  16. #3 St. Johnsbury, Vermont

    Why it’s hot: Forty miles south of the Canadian border, St. Johnsbury sits as the southern gateway to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. The heavily wooded and sparsely populated region (numbering 7,751 people and four stoplights) could be the textbook definition for terms like “idyllic” and “quaint.” In addition to skiing the 2,000 foot drop and 43 […]

  17. #4 Pendleton County, West Virginia

      Why it’s hot: Accurately dubbed “the scenic jewel of the Potomac Highlands,” Pendleton County, West Virginia is home to more gorgeous views than citizens. Around 8,200 residents live in this area, which rubs elbows with the 919,000-acre Monongahela National Forest. The county offers a collection of natural beauty, from Seneca Rocks, a 900-foot quartzite […]

  18. #5 Mountain Home, Arkansas

      Why it’s hot: Though Lake Norfork and Bull Shoals Lake are generally regarded as the trophies of the region, the scenery provided by the Ozark Mountains and White River are no less beautiful in Mountain Home, illustrating why Arkansas boasts the nickname “The Natural State.” The 11,000 locals hunt, backpack, spelunk and ride horses […]

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  20. Planning Help Online

              Modify furniture easily with built-in rotating, resizing and deleting functions. The free-trial version lets you create several rooms at once, but you’ll have to buy the full version if you want to save your layouts.                         This program creates authentic floorplans (templates are easily modified, and windows and doors are inserted within walls), […]


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