Fireplace Design & Placement Ideas To Help You Answer The Question: Fireplace Or No Fireplace?

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Odds are, if you're building a log home then you're probably going to have a fireplace.I guess it would be kind of sacrilegious not to include a fireplace in your log home plans.But, I've got to admit... I seriously considered not putting one in our log home.Why?Because my theory is that fireplaces are very much like swimming pools, hot tubs, treadmills, swing sets, and trampolines -- you never end up using them as much as you thought you would.I'm not alone... quote: Here's … [Read more...]

Old Log Homes: Pros And Cons Of Living In Old Style Log Homes

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Dream of living in a log home? (Me too.)If your dream is to live in an old log house, you might want to think twice about it.Certainly, there are lots of good reasons to live in an old log home, but there are also a few reasons not to.It may have stood for 100 years or more and survived the elements season after season, but old log cabins do have their problems.Unfortunately, in many cases, when it comes to purchasing an older log home, the house inevitably has to be taken … [Read more...]

Rug Tips: A Rug Buying Guide To Help You Make The Best Choice

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Rugs are a long-term investment for your home and its appearance, so taking the time to pick the best one for you can determine whether you’re still satisfied with your choice as the years go by.To help you in choosing the best rugs that will meet your needs now and in the future, consider these helpful tips to narrow down your selection and determine the quality and style that you need.  Rug Patterns … [Read more...]

Honest Abe Log Home Kits: See How Honest Abe Builds Log Homes

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If you're thinking of building a log home and you're torn between one or more log home companies, then it may come down to the 'little things' when it comes time to make the decision of who will build your log home.For us, we had narrowed our choices down to Southland Log Homes and Honest Abe Log Homes. (Check out all the comments generated about Southland here.)When we got down to the nitty gritty details that take place behind the scenes when building a log home, all signs pointed to … [Read more...]

Choose A Wood Heating System For Your Home, The Environment Will Thank You

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With the ever-increasing price of oil, natural gas and electricity, many homeowners are now considering using wood to heat their homes and workshops.Along with the potential cost savings that an outdoor wood furnace or other type of wood burning stove can provide on home heating bills, using wood as your home heating fuel of choice is great for the environment.Here's why:  … [Read more...]

New Home Design & Must-Have “Necessities”… If Money Were No Object

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If money were no object, which posh amenities would be on your wish list?These are some of the things that Jim and I have always talked about including in our dream home. They would definitely be on our list:Radiant heat flooring - Jim scoffs at the idea and says, "Who needs it? It's too expensive." (In the winter, he'll thank me for it!) Dog-friendly bath space - I've always longed for a dog tub & shower system for large dogs. Ideally, it would have low steps or a ramp for the … [Read more...]

Should You Remove Snow From Your Roof Or Not?

So, do you really have to remove snow from the roof of your log home? Do some roofs fare better with the snow than others? For example: metal roofs vs shingle roofs. You may think those icicles hanging from your roof are pretty but they are actually a symptom of a potentially damaging problem for your home. As snow melts from you roof either by the sun or heat escaping from the home it tends to refreeze at the edges and other juncture points of your roof. The refreezing of water has a damming … [Read more...]

Log Home Financing Doesn’t Come Easy These Days – Banks Are Balking At The Last Minute

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I told myself that I wasn't going to be negative -- especially about any one company -- when it came to talking about all the hoops we've had to jump through in order to get our log home financed.But let me just say this: We've had a change of heart about a couple of banks recently.Some of the details are mentioned here... Log Home Financing Isn't Easy These DaysIt's funny how things change with banks when it comes right down to the wire.During the last 2 weeks … [Read more...]

New Home Building Costs: Things That Affect The Price Of Your New Log Home

There are a number of factors which can ultimately increase (or decrease) the costs associated with building a new home.Many of those are things that you, personally, can choose to include (or not include) when designing and constructing your new log home.Here are some things to keep in mind that will ultimately affect the cost to build a log home...Square or rectangular homes are less expensive to build than irregularly shaped homes, or rooms with lots of angles and areas … [Read more...]