My Idea Notebook goes everywhere that I go! It usually stays in the car, but I always have it handy should I need a measurement, a color, or a description for someone who’s helping us make this home a reality — such as a bank lender, blueprint designer, or cabinet installer. Or, if my friends & relatives have a question or make a suggestion on the fly, then I just grab the Idea Notebook and add it to my collection of great ideas.
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Doorless shower ideas for people who hate to clean glass shower doors! Yep, our master bathroom has a doorless walk-in shower. See why we decided to jump on this new idea in bathroom design. Plus LOTS of doorless shower designs — to help you plan and design the walk-in shower of your dreams!
A list of Universal Design new home features you should consider BEFORE building or remodeling your house. Plus reasons to consider “aging in place” in the home of your dreams! I encourage you to give these Universal Design principles a lot of thought before building or remodeling your house!
See standard Shower sizes & dimensions, Toilet sizes & space requirements, bathroom Sink spacing issues, Tub placement & sizes, and overall Bathroom Room Sizes for a full bath, small bath, half bath, and water closet / powder room. Plus, ADA bathroom requirements and online tools to save time & money designing a bathroom.
Trying to decide if you could live in a house without a tub? And if a shower-only bathroom will hurt your home’s resale value? A list of pros & cons. Plus thoughts from someone who’s been in your shoes and currently lives in a house that has a bathroom with shower only.
Thinking of building your new log home from a log cabin kit? Here’s what you need to know BEFORE you start exploring log home kits!
A word of advice to all DIY home builders, contractors, and home architects… be sure to make enough room so both of the Jack and Jill bathroom doors can be opened at the same time without banging into one another.
Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies (AERT) is the manufacturer of ChoiceDek and MoistureShield composite decking materials. I’ve spoken with ChoiceDek and MoistureShield reps several times now. Here’s what I’ve learned about these composite decks. Good stuff!
Read about one of the first log homes built in the Craftsman or Arts & Crafts style here. Then examine pictures of actual log homes built to incorporate many of the same features. In effect, these Craftsman style log homes are log home bungalows!
Thinking about putting rugs on hardwood floors? Wondering what type of rugs and pads should be used on wood floors? Here’s what I’ve learned firsthand and from experts.
Why would you put a non-wood door on a log home? Because you can’t tell the difference – see for yourself! 13 reasons to choose fiberglass doors/composite doors.
If you have cowhide rugs or other animal skin rugs, you’ll find these DO’s & DON’ts for cleaning leather rugs helpful! Plus tips for using rugs as wall art.
Considering buying or building a log cabin home? Log home living isn’t for everyone. How many of these top 30 reasons to live in a log home appeal to you?
A tribute to all the fireplaces we never used… and the one we’re putting in our new log home. Fireplace design & placement ideas that helped me…you too!
Dream of living in a log home? There are lots of reasons that old log homes can be a joy to live in, but they can also be the source of frustration and headaches. Here are the pros and cons of living in an old log home.
Need some rug buying advice? A rug expert shares some helpful rug tips to guide you in choosing the best rug for your needs. These rug buying tips will help you pick the right rug patterns, rug shapes, rug materials, and rug types for your individual needs.
We went to an Honest Abe log raising and learned the following random tidbits about how Honest Abe builds log homes.Some of these things we specifically asked about, others were simply gems of info that they revealed to everyone at the event. I figure if I found these things interesting, then someone else might too. So I’m sharing them here.
Considering a wood heating system for your home? Here are the reasons why wood burning home heating can be a positive change for you as a homeowner, as well as for the environment.
If money were no object, which posh amenities would be on your wish list? Here are the things that Jim & I have talked about including in our dream home…
Driftwood hearts are random pieces of tree branches that happen to form the shape of a heart. Add some string, and you have a creative piece of art or a gift for a loved one. Here are some driftwood hearts that you can make yourself, or buy them on Etsy!
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. Here’s what you need to know about roof snow removal for your log home.
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 […]
There are a number of factors which can ultimately increase (or decrease) the costs associated with building your new home. Some things to keep in mind…
Cork floors are very popular right now. Here are the pros & cons of using natural cork flooring in your home.
Wood burning fireplaces, gas fireplaces, and electric fireplaces all have one thing in common: they each bring unique qualities into your home! Here are the basic differences between gas, electric, and wood burning fireplaces.
The type of drawer pulls you choose for the different rooms in your home says a lot about your style and personality. Rustic drawer pulls, give a room a very unique feel and charm. Here are some rustic drawer pulls that would look great in a log home, log cabin, or a lodge.
Check out photos of 10 of the most expensive homes for sale in the U.S. Two of them are log homes for sale with strikingly different characteristics and a 53,000-square-foot difference between them! One is in Colorado, and the other is in Wyoming. View photos and details here.
Log homes make a perfect setting for rustic Christmas decorations. Be sure you follow some of these tips when deciding which types of Christmas decorations may look best in a log home.
When building or remodeling a log home kitchen, one of the most important decisions you will make is which cabinets to buy. Style, cost, and overall theme are all considerations when choosing kitchen cabinets for your log home.
Building and living in a one-room log cabin can offer you many benefits that would make log home living exciting, adventurous, and fun.
With so many changes, updates, and new innovations available to those who are building or living in log homes these days, it’s important — and fun! — to know what the current log home trends are. Jim Young keeps you up to date on all the latest news and current building trends in the log home industry.
Do you have a copper sink in your log home? Are you thinking about getting one? Copper sinks make a beautiful and practical addition to any home’s bathroom, kitchen, or washroom. Here are a few of the great things about copper sinks.
Should you stain the logs or finish the wood for your log home before the home is completed or after? See the advantages to both methods.
Yes, log homes are actually safer against fires than traditional stick-frame homes. See why…
The Green Log Awards recognize the best green products which help make people comfortable and safe in their homes and at work without damaging the planet.
Did you know you can build a log home for less than $11,000? One man built the log home of his dreams for under $11,000! You can build a cheap log home, too. Here’s how.
Is it really possible to build your very own log cabin in just 11 steps?! Maybe….
Log home lending is different for some banks than taking out a mortgage for a tract house or other conventional housing structure. Knowing what avenues to take when seeking log home financing will make your goals of obtaining a mortgage for your log home an easier, happier journey.
One of the biggest hang-ups in the process of finding a bank to finance our log home was the ‘draw schedule’. The draw schedule is that unique timeline that spells out exactly when the logs themselves will be paid for, when the next installment of payments will be doled out by the bank, etc. It became difficult to get the bank and the log home company to agree on when the actual money would exchange hands. Here’s how it went for us.
Allowing extra light into your home is an aesthetically pleasing thing. But at what cost? Is there a downside to installing skylights on your roof? Here are the pros and cons of installing skylights on your roof.
Here’s how to incorporate feng shui in the rooms of your home.
Compared to porcelain tile, Travertine tile is easier to cut and shape. Because of this, it has become a favorite for many people, including home builders. Following are some of the pros and cons of using Travertine tile for the flooring, countertops and backsplashes inside your home.
There will come a time when you have to purchase new furniture. Sofas wear out beyond repair, slipcovers cannot hold together a failing frame, chairs will give way, and tables will be damaged beyond repair. You could buy used furniture on consignment or at thrift stores, but sometimes, you just want new. Here are some furniture buying tips that I recently learned firsthand.
Following are some tips for working with log siding, plus lots of fun ways to use log siding in other projects around the house.
Copper sinks have become very popular in households these days. Today’s homes are all about the upgrades like granite countertops, stainless appliances, natural tile floors, and custom cabinetry. With this level of investment, the addition of a copper sink just makes sense.
Here’s what to look for and how to care for a copper sink.
I love idea of painting log walls. I really like color and am not afraid of putting it anywhere — including interior log walls. I have also seen several log home companies displaying homes that have a painted exterior color. Here are some things to consider BEFORE painting your log home.
The number and placement of bathroom doors is one thing that people tend to overlook — until it’s too late. I’ve learned a few things that might save you some headaches later on, if you’re able to address these things before you build.
Dustless floor refinishing is a low-cost alternative to refinishing your hardwood floors. Here are the pros and cons of dustless floor refinishing for hardwood floors…
Aside from price and style, when you’re buying a new toilet, you also need to consider things like water conservation, function, size, shape, cleanliness, and maybe even color. Following is a guide that will help you determine which toilet is the best toilet for your home. Plus, discussion of some of the most modern features in today’s toilets.
A collection of facts about doors that will come in handy when choosing the placement of your interior and exterior doors, plus tips that should help when deciding which type of doors to buy.