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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. Design on a Dime: How to Afford Your Home This Year

    When it comes to building a custom log home, you want to get the most house for your money. The easiest way to do that is to set a realistic budget. Always speak with your lender first, then move on to your log home producer and builder. Here are 10 expert tips to help get […]

  2. Land Grab

      Purchasing land can be one of the most expensive decisions you’ll ever make, and if you’re not mindful of the potential hurdles, it can set your dream of building a timber home back weeks, months—or even years.     It may be unromantic, but taking a methodical, rational approach to a land deal will help you […]

  3. Live & Learn

    There’s plenty of joy at the prospect of making your dream log home a reality, but if you’re like most people planning a custom home, it’s likely you have some anxiety as well. You may worry about making a blunder—a mistake that could leave you with a home that’s (gasp!) less than perfect.     That’s why […]

  4. 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 […]

  5. Plan It – Plan in the Making

    Wouldn’t it be cool if every amazing idea that popped into your head magically came into fruition? You wouldn’t have to do a single thing except think, "Hmmm, I’d like … a log home." However, there are many things that need to happen during the ellipsis part of that statement. And for the construction process […]

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    Log-Home Location Tips | Finding the Right Site for Your Log Home

    When you’re selecting land for your log home, remember the old real estate adage — location, location, location. Future homeowners quickly become smitten with what seems to be the ideal spot, whether it’s a mountainside plot deep in the woods or a lakefront lot near a lucky fishing hole. But there are a few rules […]

  7. Mastering Your Plan

    Sometimes understanding the big picture of your castle is even more important than poring over the details. This is especially true when your home plans are in their infancy. We asked Jonathan S. Vincent, AIA, director of design at Timberpeg in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, to tackle some of the questions we hear most often. […]

  8. The Definition of Home

    If there’s one thing that Ceil and Dick Jaworski have learned, it’s that there are vacation spots and then there are vacation homes–places you go to visit and places you go to really feel settled in, to get comfortable and relax.     After cramming into their Colorado condo for years, the Jaworskis longed for the latter […]

  9. Do Over

    There’s no question that the home owners featured in this magazine love their houses. When a number of folks who’ve built their homes in the past several years were asked what they’d do differently if given the chance to do it all over again, most said, “Our home is perfect; I wouldn’t change a thing!” […]

  10. Home Team Advantage

    An advocate for custom homes for custom lifestyles, Allen Halcomb of Knoxville, Tennessee-based MossCreek Designs makes his living helping prospective home owners create the perfect plan to satisfy their every want and need. Here, Allen shares his expert tips for DIY designers who want to have a strong hand in planning their dream home. So, […]

  11. 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. […]

  12. Long-Distance Building

    Long Distance Home Building Guide | Tips for Building Remotely

    You’ve always wanted to build your own log home. And now, you’ve finally bought the perfect piece of land to put it on. Trouble is, your dream lot is in the shadow of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and you’re living in the marshes of Florida. How do you make it work? Before you dive in, take […]

  13. Where the Living Is Easy

      Cabins have their own carefree way about them that’s low-maintenance and meant for easy living. Use these decorating guidelines to create your own classic cabin style where there isn’t a care in the world except where you’re going to watch the sunset. Mismatched and Loving It Your second home or vacation getaway invariably ends […]

  14. Rugged by Design

    Imagine building a log home in a location so remote that the only means of setting the home’s ridge log is by helicopter. Today, smart home design and advances in alternative energy have helped fuel a trend toward truly rugged living.    Whether you plan a home that’s entirely "off the grid" (not connected to public […]

  15. Timber Homes of Tomorrow

    1. All About Efficiency With the rising cost of fuel, it’s no surprise that energy efficiency tops our list of trends for the future. Ten years from now, this movement will be even more prevalent, and both insulation and windows will be key to this. 2. Volume Control The homes of tomorrow will probably be […]

  16. Insuring Your Dream Home

    Insurance is one of life’s unavoidable realities. Fortunately, in the grand scheme of things, the cost of insurance is a bargain compared to what it provides–peace of mind that your home will be made new again if it’s damaged or destroyed.    Because log homes are a niche market, you should shop carefully for a policy […]

  17. Sacred Territory

    Nearly everywhere, it seems, is perfect for a log home. All right, maybe that's a stretch. But when we began researching this story late last year, we figured it would be easy to narrow down our choices to 10 great places to build a primary residence and an equal number for getaway homes. Think again. […]

  18. Cool Runnings: Life on the Water

    Will you be able to build the log home you want on the property? Does the water body offer the recreation opportunities you enjoy? Are you prepared to deal with the special responsibilities and costs associated with waterfront living? Answering these questions must be part of your research process.   From a practical standpoint, you want to […]

  19. A Different Approach: How to Rent Your Vacation Home

    Ten years ago, Atlanta resident Christine Karpinski had a dream of owning a second home on the beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast. There was only one problem: affording it.    But then she had an epiphany: Since it would be a second home, Christine realized that she didn’t have to shoulder the entire financial burden […]

  20. 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 […]

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