I'm often asked by readers how they should add character to their house. My first answer: You're building a log home, so it'll have 100% more character than anything out there...
But I know they want more; countless ways exist, and they include both design (built-ins, bump-outs, bunk rooms) and decor (a burled-wood mantel, for example). One way is to add architectural salvage to your home...that is, reused/recycled material from another building.
For example, using re-purposed white pine from an old barn for your flooring or cabinetry; glorious old doors from a turn-of-the-century factory for one of your rooms; river rock from an old cabin.
I'm writing a small story about how to locate resources for salvaged material in the May issue of Log Home Living, but I thought I'd pass along a great resource to get you started. It's the Building Materials Reuse Association
, and the nonprofit's web site will give you links to salvage shops in your neck of the woods.