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  1. Squeeeeek No More: Cures for Squeaky Floors

    Cure: Squeeeeek No More Price: $27.95 What else you’ll need: Power drill, tape measure How it works: Squeeeeek No More (yes, all those e’s are really in the name) approaches the problem from the surface of the floor. Using a specially crafted device, screws are sent through the floor surface and into the joist. A […]

  2. Squeak Ender: Cures for Squeaky Floors

    Cure: Squeak Ender Price: $7.69 What else you’ll need: Phillips-head screwdriver and an adjustable wrench. How it works: The separation of the subfloor and joist (often caused by the contraction and expansion of wood due to humidity) is the main culprit behind creaking floors. Squeak-Ender permanently pulls the subfloor snugly against the joist with an […]

  3. Plants that Improve Indoor Air Quality

    Long before the “green” movement swept our country, researchers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) were studying the effects of foliage on common household pollutants. For astronauts spending extended stretches of time in a confined space, this would mean improved air quality, and ultimately, improved quality of life. Dubbed the “Clean Air Study,” […]

  4. Long Term Green Planning | Green Building Tips

    Long Term Green Planning Green Building Tips by: Kenya McCullum In addition to practices you can put in place today, the idea of building green also takes into account creating structures that won’t have to be renovated or torn down within 25 years, as is the case with most buildings in North America. Increase the […]

  5. Energy-Star Approval | Green Building Tips

    Energy-star Approval Green Building Tips by: Kenya McCullum Energy Star appliances are designed to meet the highest efficiency standards, and, according to the U.S. Green Building Council, each one translates into a savings of at least $50 per year on your energy bill. For resources on how to incorporate money and environment-saving products and programs […]

  6. Indoor Air Quality | Green Building Tips

    Indoor Air Quality Green Building Tips by: Kenya McCullum For a more comfortable home that breathes easy and is easier to breathe in, a ventilation system will remove stale air from your home and replace it with fresh outdoor air. Also, opt for stains, finishes and cleaning products that don’t contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). […]

  7. Indoor Climate Control | Green Building Tips

    Indoor Climate Control Green Building Tips by: Kenya McCullum Heating and cooling costs account for about 45 percent of your home’s energy usage, which is why it’s key to get a tight seal on your home. By installing high-performance Low-E windows you can shave off up to 25 percent of your energy use. Visit the […]

  8. Sealing Your Log Home | Green Building Tips

    Sealing Your Home Green Building Tips by: Kenya McCullum If you’re building a half-log home or are otherwise planning to use insulation, consider using environmentally friendly products like cotton and cellulose (recycled newspaper), which will help keep you warm in the winter without the off-gassing effects of typical residential insulation. (Formaldehyde-soaked fiberglass shards are never […]

  9. Conserving Water | Green Building Tips

    Conserve Water Green Building Tips by: Kenya McCullum All of your green landscaping won’t do much good if you’re watering the sidewalks and streets surrounding your home whenever you feed your plants. Choosing efficient irrigation controllers will ensure that your yard — and only your yard — gets the appropriate amount of water. It’s as […]

  10. Eco-Friendly Landscaping | Green Building Tips

    Eco-Friendly Landscaping Green Building Tips by: Kenya McCullum Strategic landscaping not only beautifies your yard — it can contribute to your household’s bottom line. In addition to shading your home, careful positioning of trees and shrubs can help you cut down on how much you need to use your air conditioner. But eco-friendly landscaping doesn’t […]

  11. Reduce Construction Waste | Green Building Tips

    Limit Construction Waste Green Building Tips by: Kenya McCullum Once the trees are cut, a green builder will perform work on your home in a way that minimizes the amount of waste by keeping materials in your home — and out of a landfill. “Every part of our log gets used. There’s zero waste when […]

  12. Use Sustainable Materials | Green Building Tips

    Use Sustainable Materials Green Building Tips by: Kenya McCullum Building with logs is a key component to your earth-friendly abode. Up the green quotient even further by using logs that have been sustainably harvested. Many foresters will earmark a certain number of trees in a forest to be cut down each year. Once one section […]

  13. Reduce Your Ecological Footprint | Green Building Tips

    Reduce Your Ecological FootprintGreen Building Tips by: Kenya McCullum John Boys of Nicola LogWorks has a strict policy when it comes to building log homes for his clients — if the house they want is too big, he won’t build it. Although that may sound like business suicide, John — who has been building log […]

  14. Orient Your Home Around the Sun | Green Building Tips

    Orient Your Home Around the SunGreen Building Tips The way a builder orients a home in relation to the sun can go a long way toward efficiently lighting, heating and cooling it. Strategic positioning of the structure on your land, followed by thoughtful window and door placement, will allow you to take advantage of natural […]

  15. Green Living – Lawns

      The Greenest Grass Go green with eco-friendly lawn-care tips that will give you the prettiest yard of them all. by: Lucinda Michell If you covet a beautiful lawn created by synthetic chemicals but are concerned about wreaking havoc on the planet (not to mention the health of family and pets), you’re about to get […]

  16. Building Tips

    Building Notebook – Lofts the Savvy Builder by: Jim Cooper Notes on lofts: Make sure loft stairs rise in the same direction the roof slopes to ensure ample headroom. Build a 3- or 4-foot high knee wall in the loft, which will be ideal for storage and create a surface for placing dressers and low […]

  17. Fireplace Venting | Direct Vent

    Direct Vent | Fireplace Venting Options Follow these guidelines for choosing the best venting option for your fireplace. by: Log Home Living editorial staff How it works: Draws combustion air from the outdoors and exhausts its combustion back into the outdoors, eliminating the need for a standard chimney system. Direct venting requires a glass panel […]

  18. Fireplace Venting Options | Natural Draft

    Natural Draft Venting | Fireplace Venting Optionis Follow these guidelines for choosing the best venting option for your fireplace. by: Log Home Living editorial staff How it works: Takes combustion air from inside the home (room air) and vents the products of combustion outside the home (through a chimney). B-Vent chimneys run inside the house […]

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    A Guide to Log Corner Profiles

    A notch on the bottom of the log straddles the top of the log coming from the perpendicular wall.

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    What’s the Difference? How Handcrafted and Milled Logs Compare

    The differences between handcrafted logs and milled logs


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