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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. Budget “Must-Haves”

    Budget "Must-Haves" You can cut costs at every corner, but cutting these corners will end up costing much, much more. by: Charles Bevier Of course, slicing and dicing your budget can be taken too far. Don’t think you can alter how your home is supposed to be built to save money. Indeed, make sure your […]

  2. 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, […]

  3. Dollars and Sense: How to Determine a Fair Price

    Dollars and Sense In a perfect world, every new log home would have a price tag dangling from its front window. But it’s far from a perfect world. by: Charles Bevier To offer a little guidance, log home producers suggest that the cost of completing your home will be a multiple of the cost of […]

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    Site Considerations and Buying Land

    You’ve probably played around with the floorplan of your dream home, doodling on napkins and scrap paper. But before you set your heart on a certain design for your home, you should know just where that home is going to go. If you already own land, you’ll need to decide where on your lot to […]

  5. Fast Track your Log Building Business

    These 37 Hard-Charging Tactics Will Have You Doing Victory Laps Perhaps you bought and built your own log home and found it so rewarding that you want to pursue this as a career. Or maybe you’re a longtime custom home builder looking for a more lucrative niche market. Or perhaps you’re tired of building cookie-cutter […]

  6. Can We Afford This?

    How to develop a timber frame home building budget By Conrad TheodoreIllustration by Kristin Brewin  rawing up your ideal timber frame home can be a lot of fun. You can add several spacious rooms here, top-of-the-line appliances there. How about a hot tub? Perhaps a backyard putting green? Everything and anything can be done in […]

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    How To: Estimate Log Home Construction Costs

    How to estimate costs on your log home construction project

  8. Reader’s Corner – The Search for Land

    READER’S CORNER by Peter Lobred The Search for LandVirginia Couple forges a path to the perfect site—in North Carolina Throughout their years of research and planning, Paul and Sandy Bortree had developed at least a partial vision of their future log home’s location: They both dreamed of lakefront land. But when it came to the […]

  9. Establishing a Budget For Your Log Home

    by: Joseph L. Walsh | Log As you prepare to build the home of your dreams, you will need to prepare a comprehensive budget for the project. An honest budget from day one changes very little if you make the conscious decision to stick to it. With the exception of your expensive taste, there […]

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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.

  11. Tried & True

    Tried       & True North Carolina owners creativelymaximize space and surroundings Story by Cathy Nelson PricePhotography by Roger Wade When Pat Barry and Diane Carpenter began making post-career decisions, their status as professional educators came in handy. Well-honed long-range planning skills helped them to incorporate into their new log home design details that would enable them […]

  12. A Lifestyle Change

    Tennessee bachelor relishes mountain home escape.

  13. Stay the Night

    Log B&Bs offer more than just food and lodging A bed and breakfast used to be simply a place for a weary traveler to rest his head for an evening and wake up to a hot meal in the morning. Not any longer. Today’s B&Bs have become sanctuaries providing the ultimate in luxury and log […]

  14. In Love with Home

        Formal Flair or most of us, our love affair with timber frames began at first sight. That love often becomes a passion that causes us to dream, plan and save for years. For me, as a professional interior designer, it was a growing infatuation with living in-not just with-a piece of finely crafted […]

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