Non-Log Materials Needed to Build Your Log Home

When building a log home, you must know how to account for the non-log materials necessary to complete your home's overall look.

Building on a Slope

Mountainsides, cliffs and slopes offer appealing views for log homes, but they also represent structural challenges and added construction costs. If you’re considering a cliffhanger, here’s how to take advantage of your site.

Reverse your layout. Sloping sites allow a more modest appearance from the front and a grander one from the rear, especially with dramatic […]

Upsizing in Place: Adding On to Your Log Home

Adding on involves planning, to match new logs to old.
By Jim Cooper

Log homes are planned and built to last. As time passes, you may find yourself needing more room. If so, consider an addition, especially if you’re happy with your current home.

The biggest decision is whether to build a second level or tack space onto […]

Why Every Log-Home Company Doesn’t Sell Cedar Logs

If cedar has such good natural preservatives, why doesn’t every log-home company sell cedar logs?

A: You’ve indirectly answered your own question. Buyers often wonder whether there’s a best wood for logs. Well, if there were, it makes sense that every company would have to use it or else lose business to competitors who did. Truth […]

Plan to Save For Your Log Home

Here are a few suggestions that can help you lower the final cost of a log home.
1 Educate yourself. The money you think you have saved in one phase may cost you in another.

2 Do the work yourself… if you have the time and knowledge. Thirty to 40 percent of the final cost of a […]

Classic Design

Play up your log look by basing it on regional styles.

An appeal of building your log home is the opportunity to design it as you like. Doubts set in, however, because A) most people have never designed a home before and B) the few who have, haven’t designed a LOG home.
Learn how […]

Guide to Building Your Log Home

Detailed "how to guide" to building a log home, covering everything from site locations to log raising to interior finishes.

Video: Choosing a Log Company

This video outlines 6 helpful tips to guide you through the process of choosing a log company for your home by defining how companies are valued.

Video: Choosing Corners For Your Log Home

This video will discuss the different types of corner systems and construction methods available for your log home project.

Energy Efficiency 101: Innovative Homebuilding Techniques

Watch this video to learn the basics of how to create a home with energy efficient designs that will save you money and decrease your footprint.