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    Woodland Beauty: Handcrafted Utah Log Cabin

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

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    Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #8, Developing a Floor Plan Pt. 3

    Stairwell and fireplace placement, as well as upper-level room configuration, play a part in this couple’s stock plan customization.

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    Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #7, Developing a Floor Plan Pt. 2

    How to customize a stock plan to fit your needs

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    Indoor Climate Control Basics

    The best way to ensure your comfort and budget — and to control heating and cooling costs — begins with attention to architectural design. It is essential to control solar gain while maximizing daylight and natural ventilation. Proper insulation and sealing your home will reduce the cost of the HVAC (heating, ventilation & air conditioning) […]

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    Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #6, Developing a Floor Plan Pt. 1

    How to make your design match your land

  6. Michael Pappa Pine Cone Artisan

    Pine Cone Artisan | Pining for Beauty

    Natural inspiration isn’t what most people find in Jersey City, New Jersey, a major urban area only 15 miles from lower Manhattan with a population of nearly a quarter million. But most people walking the streets of this bustling town aren’t looking at it with an artist’s eye. Michael Pappa, however, sees the inherent beauty […]

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    How the West Was Done: Montana Reclaimed Log Cabin

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

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    Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #5, Choosing the Builder

    They’ve got their land. They’ve got their log-home company. But who will build this couple’s dream log home?

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    Window of Opportunity

    Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, window treatments came with limited options — namely curtains, curtains and more curtains. But the times they are a changing. Today’s window treatments come in all shapes and sizes, including many streamlined options that blend effortlessly with refined, rustic interiors. Whether you’re looking to […]

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    Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #4, Picking the Right Log-Home Company

    Picking the Right Log-Home Company Log Home Diary Entry # 4 There is not necessarily a right or wrong decision to be made here. To be sure, there are a multitude of log-home companies. Each provides a different level of product/service. Some provide precut logs only; if you have essential construction trade skills, or have […]

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    Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #3, We Have Land!

    Knowing the type of land on which you plan to build is one thing. Actually finding that perfect plot can be another.

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    Building a Legacy: A Multi-Generational Michigan Log Home

    A couple creates a multi-generational home in northern Michigan to accommodate their family for years to come.

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    Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #2, Did We Put the Cart Before the Horse?

    Model-home visits and log-home show trips played a major role in this couple’s log-home journey. But did they decide on plans too soon?

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    Food for Thought: Kitchen Layouts

    There are four general kitchen layouts. Browse our gallery of styles to see which will work best for your kitchen.

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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 […]

  19. 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.

  20. Western Log-Home Bedroom

    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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