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    1808 Log Cabin Project: Log Home Diary Entry #10, Is It Worth the Effort?

    Is It Worth the Effort? Log Home Diary Entry # 10 After the past few entries, one might wonder: Is relocating an authentic log cabin worth the effort? Yes, it is worth every minute, every dime and every bee sting. I may differ some afternoons, after preparing maps and documents for the county appearance commission […]

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    Lighting: A New Path

    Traditional incandescent light bulbs are being cycled out, starting in 2012 — are you ready?

  3. Although the house sits on only 1.5 acres, there is plenty of room to experience nature. Homeowners Pat and Roger Gingrich say they spend more time outdoors than ever before. Both enjoy feeding the frogs in the pond and gardening, but the real treat for them is bird watching. "We have all sorts of birdhouses, and we know who is there and who is having babies," Pat says.

    Earth-Friendly Log Home in Iowa

    Two nature lovers build the home they’ve wanted for 30 years.

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    1808 Log Cabin Project: Log Home Diary Entry #9, On the Road Again: Seeking County Approvals

    On the Road Again: Seeking County Approvals Log Home Diary Entry # 9 My last entry was less about a bump in the road and more about a pothole knocking the tires clear off my truck. Thankfully, we’ve had some relief on the easement issue, so now the situation is closer to driving with three […]

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    5 Tips to a Great Deck

    Design and maintain a deck that lives well and looks good, too.

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    1808 Log Cabin Project: Log Home Diary Entry #8, Easement Issues

    Easement Issues Log Home Diary Entry # 8 Be skeptical when you purchase land, especially if the word “easement” is mentioned. Some property provides direct access for its owners and does not require an easement; other land requires an easement that allows you to go across another property owner’s land to gain access to your […]

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    1808 Log Cabin Project: Log Home Diary Entry #7, Zoning: Residential to Commercial

    Zoning: Residential to Commercial Log Home Diary Entry # 7 I’m not going to pretend to be an adviser or attorney on this topic — I’m far from it. I’m just a log cabin guy with a passion for old authentic log structures and hearing about things of the past from the old timers. There […]

  8. Generous cedar decks surround the house on three sides. Ken and Linda made the railings; they cut the trees, peeled the logs and drilled the holes for the balusters. The stucco and timbered gable ends recall Adirondack log houses, appropriate for homeowners originally from Upstate New York. The jackleg fence adds Western appeal.

    Mountaintop Views: Montana Mountain Home

    Two homeowners design their Montana log home to take advantage of the scenery provided by the nearby Swan Mountain range.

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    1808 Log Cabin Project: Log Home Diary Entry #6,Weather Issues: Rain + Snow = Delays

    Weather Issues: Rain Plus Snow Equals Delays Log Home Diary Entry # 6 The ground was saturated. The grass had plenty of water and was in good shape, but that all changed drastically when we brought in the equipment to dig the footers for our cabin. We created nothing but a mud pit. The grounds […]

  10. The log home is located on three-and-a-half acres on a picturesque mountain. Behind it is a heavily wooded hill. The homeowners wanted lots of windows to take advantage of the gorgeous views. The Woolards live on the only flat stretch of road in Ashe County, which run 12 miles alongside the tranquil New River.

    A Perfect Plan: North Carolina Log Retreat

    From selecting an idyllic setting to constructing a scaled home model, one North Carolina couple takes the time and effort to perfect the design of their ideal mountain retreat.

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    1808 Log Cabin Project: Log Home Diary Entry #5, Surveying the Area and Positioning the Cabin

    Surveying the Area and Positioning the Cabin Log Home Diary Entry # 5 At Justice Plantation, there were only two decisions to make in determining where to place the 1808 log cabin. The area where the cabin would be placed on the plantation was a given, but positioning the cabin properly might take a little […]

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    1808 Log Cabin Project: Log Home Diary Entry #4, Obtaining Additional Reclaimed Materials

    Obtaining Additional Reclaimed Materials Log Home Diary Entry # 4 Never in my 19 years of authentic cabin hunting have I found a log cabin that was 100 percent complete—i.e., all the logs were intact and in great condition, the roof had no leaks, all the joists and flooring were without sag or rot—just sitting […]

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    1808 Log Cabin Project: Log Home Diary Entry #3, Relocating an Authentic Log Cabin

    Relocating an Authentic Log Cabin Log Home Diary Entry # 3 How many disassembling and moving processes must an authentic log go through from the time you find it until it is finally reconstructed? The answer is many times—too many to count. In fact, the more I count the heavier the logs become! The thing […]

  14. Private access to outdoor spaces, such as a balcony or deck, further secludes the homeowners. "The ability to go outdoors with a nice set of French doors has grown increasingly popular," architect Matt Franklin says.

    Room in Focus: Master Suites

    A log home can be a sanctuary in and of itself, with its off-the-beaten-path locale and quiet surroundings. But sometimes, you need an even more secluded space to truly relax. Enter the master suite. To create the space, you must first define it. "Typically, a master suite is a space that has its own master […]

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    Hunter’s Heaven: Michigan Log Retreat

    An unplanned stop results in a treasured family retreat.

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    1808 Log Cabin Project: Log Home Diary Entry #2, Bob Timberlake

    Blueprints and Third-Party Inspections Log Home Diary Entry # 2 Obtaining your building permit from the county and/or state can be an eye-opening experience, to say the least. Building inspection offices are for the protection of consumers against people who build or use inferior products. And when it comes to old log cabins, we have […]

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    1808 Log Cabin Project: Log Home Diary Entry #1, Bob Timberlake

    After only 18 months of searching, the 1808 team found the most undeniable setting for their historical cabin restoration.

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    1808 Bob Timberlake Log Cabin Project Diary

    Restoration of a 200-year-old cabin

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    Make It Great: Great Room Photo Gallery

    10 fantastic great rooms to jump-start your own great design

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    When It Rains, It Pours: Utah Log Home

    Multiple guests necessitate an additional log-home getaway for one California couple.


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