Hopefully everyone got a chance to get together to celebrate the special men in their lives on Father’s Day this past weekend. It seems such celebrations and barbecues go hand in hand, and with an equally al fresco festivity (i.e., Fourth of July) right around the corner, it seems only fitting to discuss the potentials of an outdoor cooking arrangement. Here are some… Continue
Added by Whitney Richardson on June 19, 2012 at 4:12pm —
As I noted in a post not too long ago, our August issue focuses on energy efficiency and will be hitting newsstands this coming week. In addition to articles regarding how specific consumer behaviors can… Continue
Added by Whitney Richardson on June 5, 2012 at 3:56pm —
Do I have your attention? (Of course, I do.)
As I’ve mentioned before, we at Country’s Best Cabins love to connect with readers; every story has some point of interest or inspiration that shows why the cabin lifestyle is something to aspire to. For our October issue, we’re kicking that engagement up a notch by allowing… Continue
Added by Whitney Richardson on May 19, 2012 at 10:00am —
Before my daughter was born, my husband and I spent hours playing with graph paper and furniture cutouts to determine the best layout for her nursery. It’s amazing how quickly a decent-sized room can become consumed with furniture — even when said pieces are pretty much just a crib, dresser and rocking chair. Add in details like flow and accessibility, and it’s time to get… Continue
Added by Whitney Richardson on May 5, 2012 at 6:01pm —
Cabins have long had a wonderful connection with the nation's park system. Whether through structures on-site or a lucky landowner who chose to build one on a directly adjacent lot, these wooded settings provide the perfect backdrop for cabins and their inhabitants' desires to reconnect with nature.
This weekend kicks off… Continue
Added by Whitney Richardson on April 22, 2012 at 10:00am —
We're just about get production underway on our next issue of Country's Best Cabins, which will focus on energy efficiency. By delving into some of the recent habits and trends surrounding the concept of "being green," we discovered that one of the biggest factors in becoming more efficient is not a thing or a label or a process, but a person: you.
A change in the way you look at your consumption habits can do wonders for your utility bills. Simply operating major appliances on… Continue
Added by Whitney Richardson on April 7, 2012 at 10:00am —
In light of the fact that it is The National Day of Unplugging (observed from sunset on Friday, March 23, to sunset on Saturday, March 24), which I know many log home and cabin owners are likely more than happy to do on any given day to unwind and reconnect with the outside world, I’m curious to what degree you all have found technology to be actually be advantageous in your quest for information surrounding construction, financing, land, etc., for your dream place.
Added by Whitney Richardson on March 24, 2012 at 10:00am —
It’s hard to believe it’s already March. 2012 is well under way, with its early months spent trying to determine what the year will bring. Or at least that’s what my email inbox is telling me, with the plethora of announcements regarding this year’s home decor and design trends. One of increasing interest over the past couple of years: color.
Leading into the housing bubble burst, homeowners had been wary to infuse any drastic color into their homes. (Neutral palettes are… Continue
Added by Whitney Richardson on March 10, 2012 at 10:00am —
Seems like commonsense advice, no? Not if the messaging is unclear.
This week’s announcement regarding the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) settlement with five replacement window companies over misleading energy-efficiency and money-saving claims (or “greenwashing”) calls to mind a seminar I attended at the EcoBuild Conference in December 2009 surrounding the marketing language used to promote environmentally… Continue
Added by Whitney Richardson on February 25, 2012 at 10:00am —
Production just wrapped on our annual Cozy Cabins issue, featuring 10 great cabins that provide plenty of idea book-worthy photos to save. More important, though, are the stories behind those images. Each homeowner has a unique experience to share, with helpful advice from a first-hand perspective that inspires and motivates so many of you with your own dream.
These stories fuel my own idea book as well with interesting topics and concepts that I can… Continue
Added by Whitney Richardson on February 3, 2012 at 5:30pm —
In case you haven't already heard via our video post, our special Floor Plans and Design Guide is hitting newsstands this week. In addition to the results of our annual design contest and information on stock-to-custom plan modifications, we also focus on some of the newer design trends, such as aging-in-place (AIP)… Continue
Added by Whitney Richardson on July 5, 2011 at 9:30am —
The annual EcoBuild America conference hits Washington, D.C., next week, with Country's Best Cabins
Assistant Editor Danielle Taylor and myself in attendance to listen to and pick the brains of industry experts for our upcoming "green" issue. Although we are certain to learn of new trends, building practices and materials available (which we will, of course, pass along to you), many of you have expressed… Continue
Added by Whitney Richardson on December 2, 2010 at 3:19pm —
I know my last post just highlighted the fun of summer holidays, but we'll actually be planning our winter holiday issue soon. To get us in the spirit, I wanted to poll the community on favorite holiday activities and traditions. Anything fun or unique that you and your family like to partake in? Please share!
Added by Whitney Richardson on July 29, 2010 at 11:45am —
One of my favorite things about summer is all the fairs that take place during May through August. From the tiny town festivals — ours spans a small stretch of Main Street next to the old railroad station, and we have a perfect view of the Saturday fireworks from our back deck — to weeklong-plus events, there's something about wandering up and down aisles of crafts and vendors while sipping on some ridiculously large, sugary drink and nibbling on funnel cake that just feels so quintessentially… Continue
Added by Whitney Richardson on July 12, 2010 at 11:00am —
We often get a lot of customer inquiries about the different color options used in the homes we feature, whether it's an interior paint choice, a unique stain or even a particular roofing material. It can be hard to determine what works best, especially without a handy swatch to really visualize the true color of such selections. (I know I personally went through eight samples of pale green for my kitchen alone--and that was using actual paint.) But the pros are here to help those of us in need… Continue
Added by Whitney Richardson on February 9, 2010 at 2:00pm —
As I've mentioned in previous blog entries, this network continues to be a valuable learning tool for me, both as an editor and as an individual. I love to visit to see pictures of new builds, what products are piquing people's interest and all the friendly advice exchanged in general among members. That's what this site was created for: the education and enjoyment about all things log from those who've been there (and those who want to be).
That being said, some of the comment and… Continue
Added by Whitney Richardson on January 22, 2010 at 6:33pm —
We feature tons of homes each year in Country's Best Cabins, each with a unique story to tell. And although we wish we could feature every home that comes across our desk, there just simply aren't enough pages in the magazine to do so.
That being said, there is a specific group of homes that we'd like to feature more often: those of our readers. We feature a photo gallery in each issue of Country's Best Cabins highlighting a few homes belonging to log-home enthusiasts such as… Continue
Added by Whitney Richardson on December 2, 2009 at 1:00pm —
One of the best things about my job is that I really do feel like I learn something new every day. Whether it's new information from a source I'm interviewing, checking out a creative use of materials in a home feature spread or talking to log-home owners like you, I never cease to gain knowledge on the topic of log homes. What's even better, though, is when I get to see them in action.
After compiling information for a piece on reclaimed materials (Log Home Living, January 2010), I… Continue
Added by Whitney Richardson on November 16, 2009 at 3:44pm —
As noted in our initial ABG star search posting
, we're still on the lookout for homeowners who are in (or have been through) the maintaining and decorating processes of building a log home. All we ask is that you to supply a photo of you and your home (if it's already built), and we will interview you for advice on your specific building project and the challenges you faced.
E-mail me at… Continue
Added by Whitney Richardson on July 28, 2009 at 5:43pm —
This is by far the cheapest log home I've ever seen:
Added by Whitney Richardson on November 17, 2008 at 5:16pm —