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May 2008 Blog Posts (13)

Some mutual concerns and thoughts

Trying to sell current house to get enough money to build a log home in North Carolina just like many of you (well maybe not in North Carolina). I am a carpenter so I plan to do a lot of the work myself once I get started.

After reading some of the comments by other members I thought I would add some thoughts, so here goes;

(1) It appears that many of you have the same problem that I have, selling your current home. Perhaps we should exchange ideas as to how to best do this in the… Continue

Added by Ted on May 30, 2008 at 6:47pm — 25 Comments

Log Home Cats

That sounds like a song title from the Lovin' Spoonful (yeah, I know I'm showing my age), but IMHO no log home can be considered authentic unless there are one or more cats patrolling the property.

I was NEVER a 'cat person'. I never owned one -- never wanted one... until I moved to the country. Without a doubt, Living in 'the country' means different things to different people and we don't need to debate how rural one must be to… Continue

Added by Tom Heatherington on May 29, 2008 at 8:36pm — 1 Comment

The Key To a Personalized Kitchen

I absolutely love working for a design magazine. Everyday, I get to pick the brains of interior decorators, architects, homeowners and log home providers about their favorite things, from a nifty new window treatment to the best way to make a small home feel spacious.

One of our oft-repeated mantras in the pages of… Continue

Added by Leah Kerkman on May 28, 2008 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

interior colors for douglas fir log house

We are to the point of painting the plaster surfaces in our doug fir log house. The overwhelming use of white against log is not to my taste. Am thinking about shades of yellow, red and green. Anyone with any thoughts?

Added by carolann young on May 22, 2008 at 11:57am — 7 Comments

The Great Escape

Summer's right around the corner, which means my annual trip to my family's Montana cabin is quickly approaching and trust me, it can't get here fast enough. Nestled along the banks of East Rosebud Lake (this photo captures the view from our back porch), my grandparents' little log cabin has been the place where my family has made memories for the past twenty-five years. Sure, there was a time when it pained me to leave my friends to spend two weeks roughin' it in the… Continue

Added by Sara Brown on May 21, 2008 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Dog Days

I don’t count years to measure my life. I count epochs—dog epochs. It is said we might own six dogs in our lives and, if we’re lucky, they will teach us about the tenets of companionship and compassion. I am halfway there, having owned three perfect pooches.

When I was 11, we raised a barrel-chested Chesapeake Labrador retriever named Flip. While I did my best Huck Finn routine wading through creeks or bushwhacking in forests hunting Civil War bullets, the dog dutifully… Continue

Added by Michael McCarthy on May 17, 2008 at 10:00am — 9 Comments

Journey’s End

cabin on a mountainside My father-in-law likes to brag about his 100 acres in Wyoming. “I’m a land baron,” he says with a twinkle in his eye. “I bought that land back in the 1970s when it was going for nothing. Incredibly shrewd move, incredibly shrewd!”

Ah, but don’t ask this funny Irishman how much he paid for this slice of terra firma in 1975 versus how much the land is worth now. The answers: not much and, um…not much. The glory of Wyoming is its proverbial wide-open spaces, which, if you’ve… Continue

Added by Michael McCarthy on May 16, 2008 at 10:00am — No Comments

A New Product I A-door*

Behold, a new design from Peachtree Doors and Windows:

Cool, huh? The new Rustic Collection line features entry doors in a plank-style, knotty alder design. But there's a twist—it's actually made of durable fiberglass!

I think it's a great solution for log homeowners who want the rugged look of wood with the low maintenance qualities of fiberglass. After all, fiberglass doors are stronger, more durable and… Continue

Added by Leah Kerkman on May 15, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Why I Love Log Homes

Some people ask why a girl like me would love log homes. Well, there's a simple answer to that one... I believe log homes bring families together. Like my family - some of my fondest childhood memories took place at my Grandsha's (Grandsha is Grandfather in Welsh) cottage in Bobcaygeon, Ontario.

My mom still remembers the day her dad took her to see the cottage... they looked at several before that but none of them *felt right* like our cottage did. It was built on Pigeon Lake in the… Continue

Added by amber on May 14, 2008 at 5:20pm — No Comments

Living (kind of) Like Ed

Some call him a radical, some call him an extremist, some call him a freak—I call him a visionary. I'm talking about Ed Begley Jr., TV personality, actor and activist who's one of the most recognizable faces in the "green" movement and has been for 30 years—long before it was cool.

In the July 2008 issue of Log Home Design, Ed chatted with us about building a green log home, but I had the great pleasure to meet him live and in person during the 2008 Earth Day celebration on… Continue

Added by Donna Peak on May 13, 2008 at 9:46am — 1 Comment

A Smart Solution for Small Spaces

Recently, I was working on a story all about how to design and decorate a smaller log home. I spoke with a ton of designers to get the best possible info, straight from the experts’ mouths. Well, Dave Joiner, chief designer with Barna Log Homes, passed along one of the neatest products for small rooms that… Continue

Added by Leah Kerkman on May 7, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

WWW - the Log Home Industry’s ‘Silk Road’ to China

Wow! What a pleasant surprise to find that my first post to this blog had 4 comments already… It looks like my statement, “a community of like-minded people interested in the same things” was on the money. Thanks to all, and based on Michael’s remarks, I think I need to clarify my thoughts on marketing log homes to China. (Please see Michael’s comments above)

Michael, “giving up”? Me? Perish the thought!

I absolutely agree with your observations,… Continue

Added by Tom Heatherington on May 5, 2008 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Anyone want to move to China?

As I begin to type these first few words, my brain screams… “NO, you do not want to start another project”! I’m sure you know that feeling and I’ll bet that your ‘To Do’ list is also lengthier than you would like it to be.

Ignoring the urging from my left brain, the right hemisphere seizes control and I convince myself that getting involved with THIS blog will be different. These are all ‘log home people’, a community of like-minded people interested in the same things. Okay,… Continue

Added by Tom Heatherington on May 2, 2008 at 11:22am — 6 Comments

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