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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. Planning Help Online

    Want to know what your home’s finishing materials (countertops, windows, cabinets, floors) will look like before you plunk down your hard-earned cash? Check out these online visualization tools: CounterVision Experiment with a wide range of countertop colors and material options on one of CounterVision’s standard photos, or upload one of your own (for a refundable […]

  2. On The Level: Floorplan Picks

    1 Level Floorplan: Frisco Peak Manufacturer: Expedition Log Homes LLC www.expeditionloghomes.com One floor fits all with this intelligently crafted one-level home. Thanks to its universal design, everything you need is a short walk (with no stairs) away. With three fireplaces and plenty of outdoor space (think patios and decks) your only problem will be choosing […]

  3. From the Ground Up

    Greg and Carey Miller embarked on a journey to build their modest log masterpiece in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands three years ago. They didn’t have the luxury of deep pockets and lots of time to work with architects to get the home just right. Instead, they won a design contest sponsored by Log Home Living. From […]

  4. 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 […]

  5. 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.”

  6. 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 […]

  7. 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, […]

  8. 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 […]

  9. Your Financial Countdown

    Most of us need a mortgage to finance new home construction. That means convincing a lender it’s safe to loan you a large chunk of money. And, since traditional lenders often finance only 80 percent of a primary residence’s appraised value (some, including log home mortgage companies, may finance more), you must come up with […]

  10. Information Lenders Need

    Information Lenders Need Don’t underestimate the value of providing potential lenders with detailed information about yourself and your home-building project when you first approach them for a loan. The bank will want to know exactly what you’re going to build, how much it will cost, how long it will take, who will do various portions […]

  11. Design on a Dime: Cheap Online Floor Plan Tools

    We’re putting the design tools right at your fingertips. Click on the links below to check out some of our favorite programs for creating floorplans on the cheap.   plan3d.com For just $3 a month (with an annual membership), Plan3D gives you full access to its user-friendly, drag-and-drop online design program.   sketchup.google.com Create 3D […]

  12. The Big Save: How to Prioritize Spending in Your New Home

    When you’re planning your dream log home, the dreaded word "compromise" doesn’t produce satisfaction. Ten years ago, any discussion of cost cutting meant your home simply wasn’t going to look as nice as you envisioned. Those days are over. With the latest crop of building materials and supplies available, you can create a style that […]

  13. Build Now, Pay Later: How to Build Your Dream Home Before Retirement

    By Charles Bevier It’s a common situation: You don’t want to wait ’til retirement to enjoy that log cabin in the mountains, but you can’t comfortably carry two full mortgages. Or maybe the kids’ tuition is draining your bank account. It may seem as if building your dream home is just that – a dream. […]

  14. Money Talks: Setting a Realistic Budget

    It’s a tricky thing, this budget business. Amid all the hoopla of floorplans, appliances and color selections, the budget is like your mom telling you to eat your vegetables. You want to ignore it. Naturally, it won’t go away—and anyone smart enough to entertain thoughts on getting the budget just right will have a better […]

  15. 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. […]

  16. 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. […]

  17. Spend Big, Save Big: Investing in Your Future

    “You’ve got to spend money to make money.” It’s something you might hear a wheeler and dealer in Las Vegas say, but it’s usually not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about your log home. A number of new appliances, heating-and-cooling systems and plumbing fixtures are changing this notion, however. True […]

  18. A Brilliant Plan

    When it comes to designing a dream dwelling, parlaying a vision into a concrete plan complete with lines on paper, can be unnerving. Not for Bob and Judy Vannerson, though. In fact, when they marched through the doors of Hiawatha Log Homes in Munising, Michigan, they knew exactly what they wanted.     That’s not surprising, given […]

  19. Great Escapes

    This winter, the tropics might seem alluring, but we know you better than that. Indeed, we understand that a day spent swooshing down the slopes or simply hiking on a snowy mountain trail beats sand in your swimsuit and sunburn. And if you add a rustic setting—where logs and timbers are a big part of […]

  20. Where the Snow Flies

    It’s a winter wonderland out there, but is your log home designed for all this snow?     Heavy snow makes demands upon any structure. Here are some tips to keep in mind if you’re designing a log home in areas where the white stuff is a constant winter partner. 1 Hire a structural engineer. The structural […]


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