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March 2009 Blog Posts (18)

Kitchen Prep

I'm preparing to design installation for the kitchen cabinets. Featured in the pic is the temporary sink and counter. The sink is located on a outside wall, meaning the sink will be against a full log. What is the best way to prep the sink area to ensure the log is protected from water damage?

Added by Irene R. on March 29, 2009 at 5:21pm — 4 Comments

"READ" The Fine Print!

Background: Have plans in hand for our log home, and sent them out for bids/quotes. Listed a few excerpts from one of the contracts that we received. Needless to say, we ran away from this one.

Ownership. (Log Mill X) shall retain ownership of all materials, including any risk or loss related to the package materials, until completion at the (Log Mill X) plant. Following completion of all materials at the plant, ownership of all materials, including any risk of loss related… Continue

Added by Bayern-Landhaus on March 28, 2009 at 8:58am — 10 Comments

Chinese Drywall, another problem

Just in case some of you up in the mountains haven't heard about this, there is a major problem with drywall imported from China. It was made using chemicals that are now causing outgassing of sulphur fumes which is making people sick especially here in Florida. It has also caused metal within the walls to turn black including wiring, brackets and heating and A/C ducts. They know that enough was imported since 2006 to build 40,000 homes and they have only accounted for a few 1000. The… Continue

Added by Joe on March 27, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Decorating a Log Home

These are just a few of my thoughts on the matter. Please feel free to chime in with better ideas, or to tell me that my ideas are terrible.

1. You can't use contemporary items. Stainless steal and corporate granite are out. Electronics should be gotten rid of, or at least hidden behind hardwood display cases

2. Incorporating the natural world is very important. This can involve purchasing decorative and functional pieces that are made from wicker, thatch, natural stone,… Continue

Added by Joey Pebble on March 26, 2009 at 12:29pm — 22 Comments

Check Out Log and Timber Homes For Sale

I just want to invite people to take a look at our website, It's a new website and we are featuring log and timber homes for sale all over the country. If the larger photo ads don't work for you, place a classified. We are also adding daily-links to log home builders, suppliers, magazines, etc. Thanks for looking!!

Added by Liz Ballow on March 26, 2009 at 10:33am — No Comments

Great Info

Hi all - just found this blog... I absolutely love the comfy feel of cabin decor! Hopefully will have one someday, by a lake, up north... Good to get ideas early though...

Added by Becky Mac on March 26, 2009 at 8:01am — No Comments

New to log homes

i love log homes but find they are pricey. anyone out there find an alternative to the look of a log home but more affordable? I'm thinking of a 2500-3000 sq ft. home

Added by Linda Brandt on March 25, 2009 at 3:17pm — 4 Comments

Looking for suggestions for stairway hand rail.

Hi, Connie here. My husband, Don, and I are looking for suggestions for our hand rail going down the stairs to the finished basement. The upper left of the stairwell is open to the great room but the lower left of the staircase is a solid wall. Then, on the right (going down) the upper right is a solid wall and the lower right is open. Currently the staircase is just the contractors rough in and we are having difficulty visualizing how and which side to place the hand rail. We would appreciate… Continue

Added by Connie & Don Grundmann on March 22, 2009 at 6:51pm — 1 Comment

What is the real story about purchasing and building a log home???

My husband and I can't wait to begin building a log home but have heard horror stories about the "hidden" costs and the intricit details involved in building a log home... We both have dreamed of having a log home all of our lives and now we have the opportunity to do it BUT we want all the facts before we go investing and then get stuck... Would someone please give me the truth?

Added by Denise Brooks on March 16, 2009 at 11:58pm — 14 Comments

Log Homes in Australia

Hi all, as i look around the internet i can only find a few things about Log Homes here in Australia. We have only 2 full scribe log builders that i know of, please correct me if i'm wrong.

People here don't know any better yet, they still think a 4 by 2 house is what you should build!

(we are not always backwards 2 by 4 house for those on the other side!)

Well im interested to find out how many of us log home enthusiasts we have here.

What can we do to promote Log Cabin… Continue

Added by Anthony on March 16, 2009 at 12:01am — 4 Comments

Summer Lovin'

Well folks, in just five days we'll finally be able to say buh-bye to winter and officially welcome the spring season! But, here at Home Buyer Publications, we've already started working on our summer issues of the magazines, which means that we're spending our days writing about some of my favorite things: weekend cabins, beautiful back yards, gardening and landscaping, and summer vacations spent with family and friends. You know, all that great stuff that made you want to… Continue

Added by Sara Brown on March 15, 2009 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

Whisper Creek Log Homes

We have been looking into a Whisper Creek Log Home, I like they way they are built, and the folks seem very friendly also. Does anyone have any comments about this company? Good or bad, I would like to hear both.


Added by Rod & Collette Buffaloe on March 15, 2009 at 8:14pm — 2 Comments

Tankless water heater

Has anyone installed a tankless water heater? Which is better, gas or electric?


Added by Buck on March 15, 2009 at 4:51pm — 3 Comments

Information on mortising your own post and beam

My husband wants to build our post and beam home which includes the mortise and tenton work. He has never done this but feels confident that he can do it. If anyone has attempted this or has any advice on the subject that would great.

Added by Tonja on March 14, 2009 at 11:49am — 3 Comments

Moving to be closer to family

I love this home (14 to 18 inch round logs). I'm moving closer to family and this one is on the market. What do you think? Any questions about this type of log home vs. milled? I installed 6.5 inch insulation under the floor and now I can walk around in my sock feet when its 20 degrees outside. Glad the builder upgraded the windows. It is so quiet in the house at night I wake up and think I'm deaf.


Added by Michael Dean on March 12, 2009 at 3:55pm — No Comments

Ductless Heat Pumps

Has anyone install ductless heat pumps? We were given that option but not familiar with the system. Sounds very efficient and with limited space for duct work maybe not a bad idea.


Added by Buck on March 7, 2009 at 10:03pm — No Comments

Winter Weather, Wires and Wine

I have been waiting and waiting for the snowstorm that hit central Virginia last weekend. I know that you Michigan folks think I'm nuts, but we just don't see that much snow here and I think a log cabin needs one good snow a year. Unfortunately, I was at our primary residence in coastal Virginia, so all I saw was the typical coastal dusting. When I finally did speak to our neighbors and our builder in Charlotte County I learned that about one foot of… Continue

Added by Anne on March 5, 2009 at 10:35am — 8 Comments

Save Money for Cabinets. Don’t Waste It Reassembling Your Post and Beam Log Home.

Builders are not known for over communicating. Too often, in a race to complete a project, I have seen communication break down between sub contractors. At critical times, these mistakes can cost you money which must be financed or deducted from other amenities. So as a future home owner, it’s important to expect your post and beam builder to coordinate closely with yourself or your general contractor to avoid any unnecessary expenses.

A Case Study

This spring, our… Continue

Added by Moore Log and Timber Homes on March 3, 2009 at 2:00am — No Comments

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