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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. Standard plan revision: Save money, get what you want

    The editors of Log Homes Illustrated detail for you how to adjust a standard plan instead of creating a custom plan

  2. Planning should start early for interior design

    Interior design experts gives advice on how to get started

  3. Designing for retirement

    The time to think about what should go where is now

  4. The correct way to tour a model home

    Model homes are a great way to help you visualize your future home. Here are some tips to help you tour them the right way.

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    10 Steps to Perfect Log-Home Design

    The editor-in-chief of Log Home Living offers advice to aid your planning process.

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    Big Ideas for Not-So-Big Log Homes

    If you’re planning a smaller log home, a few of these tips can help you in a big way

  7. Log Home Maintenance FAQs

    Your log home maintenance FAQs answered by Log Home Living’s own editor, Roland Sweet.

  8. 24 Hidden Treasures: 2006 vacation log home hotspots

    The biggest decision in taking a step toward building a log home is in deciding the location that best suits you and your family. But discovering an area that is not overpriced or overpopulated is a difficult task. Keeping these factors in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 24 vacation spots in the United States, […]

  9. Finding vacation-home property

    Looking for vacation-home property? The brand-new issue of Vacation Log Homes offers a look at the top web sites that can help you find the perfect site. According to the story’s author, Shari Steiner, here are the top web sites for researching vacation home property nationwide. ***** Five-Star Site Sperling’s Best Places (www.bestplaces.net) again comes […]

  10. 24 Hidden Treasures: 2007 vacation log home hotspots

    The biggest decision in taking a step toward building a log home is in deciding the location that best suits you and your family. Discovering an area that is not overpriced or overpopulated is a difficult task. In 2006, we presented our original list of 24 undiscovered vacation property hot spots areas around the country, […]

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    4 Tips for Landscaping on a Budget

    The editor of Horticulture magazine gives us four ideas that can help you save money

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    3 Cash-Saving Opportunities: Planning, Labor, Construction

    Country’s Best Log Homes says there are places to look if you need to trim some budget

  13. A Custom-Made Design

    The Challenge by: Mike McCarthy | Log Home Living Bonnie and Ted Steele own a slice of paradise in Western North Carolina. It's a place that represents the best of each area of the country where they've lived. Now the couple needs to design a home. That's where Lynda Tompkins, director of engineering at Kuhns […]

  14. Small Homes Design Contest | #10 The Tahoe by Strongwood Log Home Company

    The Tahoe | Strongwood Log Home Company It’s amazing how one detail can take a simple plan and give it some pizazz… With the The Tahoe, it’s the curved bay of windows in the dining room that follows the same geometry as the curved cut outs in the corner system. Brilliant! Square Footage: 1,594 The […]

  15. Small Homes Design Contest | # 9 The Gilmore by RCM CAD DESIGN

    The Gilmore | RCM CAD DESIGN Who can say no to a home with a tower? It’s not the only reason why The Gilmore stands out—the wide-open floor plan with master bedroom wing is a study in efficiency—but it’s definitely the icing on this cake. Square Footage: 1,770 The Gilmore log home plan (click for […]

  16. Small Homes Design Contest | # 8 The Eisenhower by Streamline Design Ltd.

    The Eisenhower | Streamline Design Ltd. Sometimes tradition is just what you need. The Creekside delivers just that with its easy one-and-a-half-level design. Bedrooms flank the living nucleus, a loft over looks it all and deckspace galore completes the footprint. Square Footage: 695 The Eisenhower log home plan (click for a larger version of the […]

  17. Small Homes Design Contest | #7 The Creekside by Big Horn Mountain Log Homes

    The Creekside | Big Horn Mountain Log Homes Sometimes tradition is just what you need. The Creekside delivers just that with its easy one-and-a-half-level design. Bedrooms flank the living nucleus, a loft over looks it all and deckspace galore completes the footprint. Square Footage: 2,250 The Creekside log home plan (click for a larger version […]

  18. Small Homes Design Contest | #6 Frontenac by 1867 Confederation Log Homes

    Frontenac | 1867 Confederation Log Homes This floor plan is all about one-level living, and that’s what we love about it. Throw in a plenty of outdoor space—with sundeck and sauna, to boot, and the Frontenac is downright fabulous. Square Footage: 1,289 Frontenac log home plan (click for a larger version of the image): Upper […]

  19. Small Log Homes Design Contest | #5 Aspen Meadow by Summit Handcrafted Log Homes

    Aspen Meadow | Summit Handcrafted Log Homes You know those family meals where you have to push a square card table against the round table you always use to make enough room for everyone—and it just works? Conversation flows, food is shared. This design reminds us of those makeshift dining arrangements—and similarly, it just works. […]

  20. Small Log Homes Design Contest | #4 Echoing the Past by Alpine Log Homes

    Echoing the Past | Alpine Log Homes It’s hard to say no when there’s an outdoor shower involved. Though that’s not the only reason we picked Echoing the Past as a winner. We love the sheltered porches at every entrance and the way the central utility space (a mechanical room, pantry and staircase that fit […]


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