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    Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #1, The Dream, The Plan

    The first entry in Country’s Best Cabins’ experiment with a real couple as they build their dream log home.

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    Lakefront Log-Home Building Diary

    A couple details the process of completing their retirement lakefront log home.

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    Finishing Touch: In Sink Kitchen Tips

    As one of the most used features in any kitchen, the sink gets a lot of attention and takes a lot of abuse. Take a look at some of the different varieties, and find a practical, attractive solution that works for your home.

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    1808 Log Cabin Project: Log Home Diary Entry #11, New Find — An Old Civil War Log Cabin

    New Find — An Old Civil War Log Cabin Log Home Diary Entry # 11 After dwelling on the legalities that have essentially put this project on hold (and will hopefully be settled in July 2010), I finally have some positive news to share: not one, but two old cabins to complement the Timberlake cabin […]

  5. Peaks of the Lost River Range tower over the valley and provide a dramatic backdrop. The owners of this fishing getaway wanted a building that looked as if it had been there for a century.

    Old West: An Idaho Log Home

    A new log home is built to look like it’s always been part of the surrounding mountain landscape.

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    Master of the Domain: Master Bedroom Log Cabin Photo Gallery

    A Western theme permeates this master bedroom through its handmade bedding, the wrought-iron-and-aspen bed, the elk-antler window treatments, the hat rack (which is actually from Australia) and the mounted bobcat in the corner. This master bedroom’s charm is unmistakable, in its peeling sunflower-stained walls, fine porcelain lamps and the ornately painted antique doors affixed to […]

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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?

  9. 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 […]

  14. 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 […]

  16. 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 […]

  20. 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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