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The Downside to Log Home Living... Woodpeckers!

In my previous post I complained about the bears being back in town and their fascination with my garbage. No sooner had we got the hot wire installed to foil their efforts - before we were again attacked by local wildlife. This time it was like an Alfred Hitchcock tale…

Yesterday afternoon my wife and I were sitting in my office talking about nothing in particular when we both heard this loud knocking…. I mean LOUD. I looked out the window to the left and no one was at the… Continue

Added by Tom Heatherington on October 21, 2008 at 12:56pm — 10 Comments

Log Home Show in Chantilly

The Log Home and Timber Show is just around the corner! At least, for those in the Northern Virginia area. Anyone planning on going? (I would expect to see the Log Home U staff there - it's all of what, a mile from your offices? ;-) Anyone want to meet n' greet and say howdy to your fellow Log Home Neighbors?

Chantilly Log and Timber Home Show Information

I plan on bringing my camera - so be prepared to have… Continue

Added by Shad on October 16, 2008 at 12:00pm — 15 Comments

Fall Photo Contest: Show Me the Money (Shot)

brightly colored leaf That is, show me the MONEY when it comes to YOUR photography...

Here's the idea: A photo contest! Now that most of the country is blessed with fall foliage painted in lovely hues of red, orange and rust, let's share those images with everyone in this community before the leaves fly. (And, if you haven't had a chance yet, check out Shelley's post where she shares the view from her log home… Continue

Added by Michael McCarthy on October 15, 2008 at 12:00pm — 9 Comments

Bears... they're b-a-a-a-a-ck!

Every morning around daybreak, Lilly (our Great Pyrenees) and I take our walk. This exercise is as much for me as it is for her, because the trip home is all up hill for about 1/3 of a mile… a real heart-pumper.

At the end of our 1/3mi. drive is where we keep our trash bins because the garbage trucks can’t navigate our ‘hill’ (mountain) in the winter. Anyway, it keeps the trash away from the… Continue

Added by Tom Heatherington on October 12, 2008 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

It's all about the views!

And this is why I value the views from my log home.... How is autumn looking in your neck of the woods?

Added by Shelley Martinez on October 12, 2008 at 12:10pm — 9 Comments

Many thanks!

I've said it before and I'll say it again—you'll never find a more enthusiastic bunch than log home lovers!

Just wanted to send a quick "thank you" to everyone that's contributed to our new forum, From the Editors. Not only did we get some great responses about DIY projects, but many of you sent in ideas for other topics to be… Continue

Added by Sara Brown on October 10, 2008 at 11:31am — 3 Comments

What Was I Thinking?

Oh, those long-ago heady days just before the official start of summer...

June 18, to be specific. That's when I posted a headline here that said: "Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Economy?"

I defaulted to my optimistic mode and read the economic tea leaves, which, at the time, looked pretty damn good. Unemployment was low. Gross domestic product was robust. And, hey, who ISN'T optimistic… Continue

Added by Michael McCarthy on October 10, 2008 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

Square Foot Costs Can Be Misleading

The cost per square foot concept began about 35 years ago when the same style homes were built over and over again in the same community. It made construction and pricing simple. Over the years, we’ve seen builders construct standard model homes with a few different options to create a cost per square foot price in their large subdivisions. Unlike track homes, every detail in a custom home is unique. When building a custom home, the options available to you are limitless, making the cost per… Continue

Added by Wisconsin Log Homes, Inc. on October 9, 2008 at 12:08pm — 5 Comments

PERC Test and septic design

Well I havent posted any updates in a while but here goes... Had the Engineers come and perc test in the area where I wanted my septic system. It turns out they we very suprised at my choice sice it was exactly where they had suggested I place it after they finished the test. This is great as it allows me to stick to my site plans. They even asked me how i knew the best spot before they tested! LOL I guess I got lucky. I have also decided I am going to use a Presby Enviro-Septic® from Presby… Continue

Added by NEKVT on October 8, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Import used log home

My idea is just a simple.

Could I import a used log home? Is it a possible in U.S. in reality?

If possible I want to import that log homes to my country.

Because most Americans are richer than Asians here.

If Someone who wants to rebuild his /her new log home in U.S., the one should pull out the old log homes but it is not waste policy if some Koreans rebuild it here in Asia.

Do you think this is practical idea and it's another a market… Continue

Added by Chull Lee on October 6, 2008 at 6:00am — No Comments

Log & Timber Frame Expo - preview

Greg & I are in Chicago at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center to exhibit for Hiawatha Log Homes at the Log & Timber Frame Expo. Everyone is busy setting up their booths and we had a chance to walk around and see some great stuff! Check out these photos:…


Added by Shelley Martinez on October 2, 2008 at 8:03pm — 4 Comments

Log Home Contemporary and Modern Design Style

Modern and contemporary interior design styles for Log Homes are defined by clean lines accentuated by sculptural furnishings, art, and bold contrast. Some find contemporary style stark and unwelcoming while others find the underlying simplicity refreshing. Almost everyone can enjoy the uncluttered, relaxing vibe of modern style.

Colors used in contemporary… Continue

Added by Ohio Log Home Restoration on September 30, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Leave It to the Birds

Unfortunately, the deadline for our holiday issues just passed, but I thought these products were worth sharing for both bird lovers and those interested in environmentally friendly outdoor holiday decor: You can get festive and crafty trimming the trees in the surrounding woodlands or simply attract "visitors" with a wreath or two; either way makes for a fun activity. Plus, it's hard to believe the cleanup would be anything but easy,… Continue

Added by Whitney Richardson on September 30, 2008 at 4:22pm — 1 Comment

Wisconsin Log Homes is chosen to participate in “Sweat Equity” television show

The DIY Network’s hit show, Sweat Equity, has selected Wisconsin Log Homes’ interior design team as the experts for a 1970’s log home kitchen remodel project.

Sweat Equity features home improvement projects and samples ways to increase the overall value of your home. Host Amy Matthews helps homeowners tackle the projects themselves with national experts in the worlds of finance, design and home remodeling, giving tips and… Continue

Added by Wisconsin Log Homes, Inc. on September 29, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

6 days and counting...

Our beautiful new home will be arriving in just 6 days. I know it is just the shell and there is still so much to do before it will truly be our home but I can hardly wait. It is also so frustrating - I had surgery on my foot a week ago and will be unable to participate in the actual set-up. I am hoping to get around on our ATV and take pictures with the digital camera. I have also decided that hot fresh baking for coffee breaks and hot lunches will be in order as the temperature has taken a… Continue

Added by Marla on September 23, 2008 at 6:49pm — 7 Comments

Nothing stops the log home faithful-Not even Hurricane Ike

Forget the postal carrier's creed of rain, sleet, snow... whatever. When it comes to braving the weather no matter what Mother Nature can dish out, nothing beats the log home faithful. And I witnessed it first hand at our Log & Timber Home Show in Louisville, Kentucky, a little more than a week ago. On Sunday, the last day of the 3-day event, Hurricane Ike came barreling through the Midwest, making a beeline for Louisville. And yes, when… Continue

Added by Donna Peak on September 22, 2008 at 11:02pm — 1 Comment

My Custom Firewood Handling System

Many years ago when our homes were heated by wood and coal, homes were built to accommodate the storing of these fuels. Many homes had a coal cellar where a truck (or wagon) could dump coal via a chute into a room located off the main basement where the boiler or furnace was located. Firewood was likewise stored conveniently next to the home on a covered porch and many homes had access doors to the outside located beside the hearth or woodstove.

When electricity and natural gas… Continue

Added by Tom Heatherington on September 22, 2008 at 2:46pm — 4 Comments

How An Interior Designer Can Help

Designing and building a custom hybrid home opens the door to many design possibilities that other rustic building styles do not always offer. With so many choices available, it is sometimes overwhelming for homeowners to make comfortable decisions and stay on top of the building process. One of the services that Wisconsin Log Homes offers is in-house interior design services… Continue

Added by Stephanie Hintz on September 22, 2008 at 12:55pm — 2 Comments

Finding A Builder You Trust

The search for a qualified contractor should begin as soon as you have a building site and preliminary drawings, even if you don’t plan to break ground for several months. It may take time to find a contractor who suits your requirements, and once you find the right one, you’ll have to be worked into the contractor’s schedule. Those who are good and in-demand, and those in areas with a short building season, often schedule projects up to a year in advance.

Once you have several names… Continue

Added by Wisconsin Log Homes, Inc. on September 22, 2008 at 11:49am — 1 Comment


We all love wood. If we didn't we wouldn't be living (or wanting to live) in log homes. I imagine many of you, like myself, love the look, the texture and the smell of wood. From homes to furniture to small accessories, wood is part of our daily lives.

Well...what about a car made from wood? And not just any old, run-of-the-mill car, but a supercar, something that belongs next to the Lamborghinis, Ferrari's and Bugatti's of this world?

Joe Harmon designed and is building… Continue

Added by Shad on September 21, 2008 at 9:05pm — No Comments

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