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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. The Alderbrook | Honorable Mention | 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest

    Honorable Mention: "The Alderbrook" | More Than 2,500 Square Feet 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest | Log Home Living "The Alderbrook" | PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes Judges’ Commentary: Mira Jean: This is a surprisingly compact plan with a good flow. It presents an interesting use of space, and the large mudroom is a great […]

  2. The Hillside | Honorable Mention | 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest

    Honorable Mention: "The Hillside" | Less Than 2,500 Square Feet 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest | Log Home Living "The Hillside" | Yellowstone Log Homes Judges’ Commentary: Carl: This open floorplan maximizes views from the gable end of the living space out onto the large wraparound deck. The sizeable loft at the top of the […]

  3. Best Little House | Honorable Mention | 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest

    Honorable Mention: "Best Little House" | Less Than 2,500 Square Feet 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest | Log Home Living "Best Little House" | Alpine Log Homes Judges’ Commentary: Kyle: This home’s extraordinary simplicity caught my eye. The well-organized kitchen’s location at the center of the home, linking the bedrooms to the living room, works […]

  4. Best Floorplans | More Than 2,500 Square Feet | 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest

    More Than 2,500 Square Feet: "Best of the Best" Floorplan Design Contest Winners 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest | Log Home Living 1st Place | "The Sapphire" 7,656 square feet | by: Custom Log Homes Click to learn more… 2nd Place | "Roaring Spring" 10,320 square feet | by: Streamline Design Click to learn more… […]

  5. Best Floorplans | Less Than 2,500 Square Feet | 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest

    Less Than 2,500 Square Feet: "Best of the Best" Floorplan Design Contest Winners 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest | Log Home Living 1st Place | "The Caribou" 2,166 square feet | by: PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes Click to learn more… 2nd Place | "Ruby Lake" 1,880 square feet | by: Streamline Design Click to […]

  6. Judges | 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest | Log Home Living

    Judges: Floorplan Design Contest: Meet the judges behind the 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest by: Log Home Living editorial staff Here are the "poor souls" who judged our 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest: They had the arduous task of sifting through dozens of amazing floorplans, trying to crown a select few as this year’s winners. […]

  7. Live the Dream | Finish & Furnish | Log Home Design

    Live the Dream: Everything you need to know to finish and furnish your dream log home. brought to you by: Log Home Design editorial staff Live the Dream: Resources Home Maintenance Checklist Schedule time to walk around your log home, using this checklist to make sure you’re covering all of the areas of concern in […]

  8. Make it Happen | Buy & Build | Log Home Design

    Make It Happen: Everything you need to know to buy and build your dream home. brought to you by: Log Home Design editorial staff Make It Happen: Resources Mortgage Calculator Establishing the budget for your log home is one of the first (and most important) steps toward realizing your log home dream. Use our mortgage […]

  9. Design Your Home | Dream & Design | Log Home Design

    Design Your Home: Everything you need to know to dream about and design your home. brought to you by: Log Home Design editorial staff Design Your Home: Resources Room-by-Room Design Checklist Use this checklist to determine your needs versus wants in your new log home. Compare your answers to those of your family to see […]

  10. Log Home Plan of the Month | Bluff House

    Sometimes, it’s all about the views. How we situate our home on land has an important part to play in the way rooms live and evolve. Great design helps, of course, and the creative team behind the Bluff House, by Rocky Mountain Log Homes, understood that tweaks in a floorplan—including a dining-room cupola—make a home […]

  11. Room-by-Room Rundown

    Ever get home from the grocery store only realize that you forgot the milk? To avoid overlooking the staples, refer to this handy chart. Determine which spaces you definitely need now and those that would simply be nice to have. Make copies of this worksheet for all family members and see where you agree or […]

  12. Planning a Retirement Cabin | Relocation Assistance | Log Home Design Magazine

    Log Home Design | by: Rae Hamilton | photography: Joe Hilliard Relocation Assistance: A quarter-century ago, Ron and Linda Dudley built their “big house” on a 50-acre spread in Cartersville, Georgia. They still love that house, but a few years back, the couple decided it was time to downsize. So they let their son and […]

  13. Retirement Cabin Plans | Suwannee River Log Homes

    Log Home Design | by: Rae Hamilton | photography: Joe Hilliard Home Details:Square footage: 2,116Log provider & designer: Suwannee River Log Homes Relocation Assistance: Printable retirement cabin plans(click for larger version of the image): Upper level: Main level: Retirement Cabin Pictures Retirement Cabin Plans Planning a Retirement Cabin More: Log HomesHome by: Suwannee River Log […]

  14. Images of Galena, Illinois | Great Places | Log Home Living

    Great Places | Galena, Illinois Enjoy these images from Great Places | Galena, Illinois Return to "Great Places | Galena, Illinois" by clicking here. Click on either side of the Galena, Illinois image slideshow to browse through the images. Can’t view the slideshow? Try downloading Mozilla Firefox – a safe, sound and secure way to […]

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    Building Cost Per Square Foot | Why Cost Per Square Foot Doesn’t Mean What You Think

    Asking a reputable builder, “So how much per square foot does it cost to build a custom log home?” is like asking how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. Sure, Mr. Owl did it in three but the right answer for both lollipops and the cost of […]

  16. Log Home Tours | Brought to you by Log Home Living | Log Home Design

    Gallery of Log Home Tours | Page 2 Enjoy exclusive images, log home floorplans and the stories behind these beautiful log homes: < Return to Page 1 View more log home tours on Page 3 > Into the Clouds With a view that seemingly goes on forever, a New Mexico home delivers an affordable option […]

  17. Handcrafted Log Homes | The Truth About Handcrafting a Log Home

    The Truth About Handcrafted Log Homes Learn some of the defining characteristics of handcrafted log homes by: Donna Peak | Log Home Design It would seem pretty simple: Milled logs are cut timbers run through a sawmill, and handcrafted means the logs are cut by hand…if only it were that easy to define. Here are […]

  18. Community Spotlight | Image Slideshow: Timberwilde, North Carolina

    Community Spotlight | Image Slideshow Timberwilde, North Carolina by: Sara Brown | Log Home Design  

  19. How To: Cut Costs on Your Cabinetry Purchase

    5 Ways to Save Money on Cabinetry Use these tips to cut down on your cabinetry costs by: Sara Brown | Log Home Design 1: Choose oak or hickory instead of maple or cherry. More common wood types typically equal a lower price tag. 2: Pick a simple door and drawer style over an elaborate […]

  20. Learn About Unusual Evergreens: Golden Hinoki Falsecypress | Chamaecyparis obtusa

    Golden Hinoki Falsecypress Tree Household name: Golden Hinoki Falsecypress Scientific name: Chamaecyparis obtusa Our take: No two Hinoki cypress trees look the same, thanks to the deep green, fan-like foliage coming off the main trunk in a sporadic fashion. Learn: How to grow this plant Characteristics of the Golden Hinoki Falsecypress Uses and origin of […]


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