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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. 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 […]

  2. 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, […]

  3. 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, www.mosscreek.net) in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Simple Life Smaller homes […]

  4. Simply the Best

    The editors of Log Home Design are ringing in the new year with our picks for the Best of 2006. The best what? The best of everything for folks who love log home living. From decks to dishwashers—and even a few great destinations—we’ll share some new and notable things that have recently crossed our desks. […]

  5. Tax Season Strategies and Changes for Homeowners and Renters

    For a number of years, tax season has brought pleasant news for log home owners and even better news for vacation rental home owners. The picture changes slightly in January 2009, and the IRS is still not raining on our parade. Below is a special focus on new strategies to deal with the $250,000 tax […]

  6. Luxury R & R

    Second homes are skyrocketing. From urban warriors who made a mint "flipping" their starter homes to baby boomers planning their retirement abodes, everybody seems to have one thing in mind: Getting away from it all. For log home lovers, it’s all about the great outdoors—crystal-blue lakes, majestic mountains and storied forests. Many envision themselves sitting […]

  7. Oh, Canada | Log Home Tour

    Sunshine, shoreline and smiling faces characterize the Canadian town of Kelowna (pronounced kil-o-nuh), British Columbia. Not far from the U.S. border just above Washington state, this charming town rests at the edge of Lake Okanagan, a pristine body of water just begging sailors and water skiers to ruffle its glassy surface. The area is so […]

  8. Trinidad, CO

    There’s no better place to fulfill your life-long dream of building a log home than on the vast expanses of terra firma up for grabs around Trinidad, Colorado. This area, just north of New Mexico, offers easy access to a number of large cities, rich history and culture galore, plus an alluring mountainous landscape. The […]

  9. 15 Things to Look For When Buying an Older Home

    If you’re buying an older log home, the home inspection typically required by your lender usually will help identify potential trouble spots before you sign on the dotted line. But not all home inspectors are familiar with the idiosyncrasies of a log home; sometimes they miss structural defects, and sometimes they become overly alarmed by […]

  10. 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, […]

  11. 20 Best Places to Build a Home

      A good place is easy to find these days. And this is true whether that special patch of paradise is near a small town or completely off the grid. Of course, it helps that we’re traveling in record numbers, discovering the undiscovered in hopes of securing that one place that resonates somewhere within our […]

  12. What’s in a price?

    What’s in a Package Price?You may wonder how the price of a log or timber package can be so dramatically different from company to company. You’re not alone. But don’t worry; it’s not as if log or timber producers are price-gouging or that more expensive packages translate to better quality. Bottom line: You can typically […]

  13. 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 […]

  14. How To: Navigate the Bidding Process

    How To: Navigate The Home Bidding Process With a little careful planning and organization, you can get your home built right, and at a price you can afford. by: Jim Cooper The Science of Bidding (click on any term for more information): Bidding consists of a well-established sequence encompassing six steps: [] Preparing your design […]

  15. Great Places – Enchanted Land

      Artistic legend Georgia O’Keefe fell under its spell. So did Ansel Adams and scores of other artists and outdoorsmen who adored open spaces and alluring landscapes. The good news is that New Mexico still possesses those qualities. Indeed, the state boasts some of the most diverse terra firma in North America. Snowcapped mountains neighbor […]

  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. The Road to Possession: Buying Land

    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 log home back weeks, months or even years. It may be unromantic, but taking a methodical, rational approach to a land deal will help you […]

  18. 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 […]

  19. 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 […]

  20. Smart Money: Getting a Loan

    3 tips to avoid the confusion that can go along with getting a loan for your log home You’ve purchased a sweet lot, fine-tuned your floor plan and chosen a builder and producer. Major hurdles, indeed. But now that you’re in the home stretch, there’s that little issue of how you’re going to pay for […]


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