That sudden nip in the air is a harbinger of autumn and the start of another log-home show season. The Log & Timber Home Show kicks off its 17th year next weekend with a twin bill: a three-day event in Asheville, North Carolina, and a two-day one in Dallas. Other Log & Timber Home Shows are scheduled for Denver (September 28-30), Chantilly, Virginia, (October 26-28) and Chicago (November 9-11). To find out more and register, click here.
That takes care of the what and when. What about the why? Should you go to a show?
Shows provide the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of companies and talk to their representatives, so you can ask questions and make on-the-spot comparisons. Most show-goers arrive with at least a vague picture of the log home they suppose they like, but a show can open up many more possibilities. Whatever unfolds, you may well find a plan that matches your dream and a company that can deliver it.
Bedsides walking the show floor gathering ideas and meeting with exhibitors, you’ll find daylong informational sessions addressing a variety of pertinent topics, from understanding the nature of a log-home kit to protecting your logs for a lifetime. There’s no additional charge, and each lasts about an hour. Every show also features the half-day Log Home University, which covers the entire process from design through construction. It costs $99 per couple, but that includes admission to the show, plus graduates receive free admission to any and all future log-home shows.
Each show is different, at least in size and the companies exhibiting, but they have in common an abundance of information about log homes all in one location. Most of the couples whose homes have been featured in Log Home Living credit the shows with providing information and contacts that made their dream possible. If you see a show coming to your area, consider going, if not this fall then perhaps in the spring.