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August 2008 Blog Posts (24)

Finding the Right Architect for Your Log Home or Timber Frame Home

Finding the right architect for your custom log home project isn’t always an easy task. Even within the log & timber home industry, architects differ from each other – in architectural style preference, work approach, communication style, and in their area and degree of expertise. So, what should you focus on when searching for the right architect for custom log homes?

Designing mountain style homes (specifically log homes and timber… Continue

Added by PrecisionCraft on August 28, 2008 at 12:22pm — 2 Comments

The difference between price and cost

Blog Post written by Dave Janczak (founder/owner of Wisconsin Log Homes)

Like most of us, I learned at an early age that ‘you get what you pay for.' I remember trying to save a few bucks on my first car; it sure looked good, but it spent most of its time in the mechanic shop getting repaired. After having it fixed and putting more and more money into it, I probably could have just bought a brand new car and not had all the future… Continue

Added by Wisconsin Log Homes, Inc. on August 27, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Got a Question? We've Got Answers!

Though we try to make using the features of our Neighborhood as intuitive as possible, we understand that sometimes things are just tricky to figure out.

Well, we're trying to fix that.

A few weeks ago, Rita and Joe Hickey asked us to create a "How-To" type of guide for the Log Home Neighborhood. And it was an awesome idea. The problem is, we're not exactly sure what questions were out there that needed to be… Continue

Added by Neighborhood Host on August 27, 2008 at 11:08am — 5 Comments

Log Home Thought for the Day

Couldn't resist sharing this:

Added by Shelley Martinez on August 26, 2008 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Timely find

As I was going through my recipe file this morning I found a newspaper clipping that I thought I would share. It could apply to building as well as renovating and your relationship with your contractor as well as your spouse.

Maintenance required on Relationships.

To avoid quarrels while renovating, therapists advise the following:

1. Assign and outline duties so you don't fight about who is supposed to do what.

2. Be realistic about the time and money… Continue

Added by Marla on August 22, 2008 at 10:56am — 1 Comment


The fellow who is taking care of the foundation forgot to reserve a tamper so now we have to wait until Friday to tamp and backfill. A small thing I know but the pressure is on to get the subfloor and deck finished as our home is scheduled to arrive in 30 days.

August 22, 2008 - Well its Friday and we have had a little better than an inch and a quarter of rain since I wrote this. Needless to say there is standing water where it has to be backfilled and we can hardly walk because the… Continue

Added by Marla on August 22, 2008 at 10:35am — 6 Comments

Get a Log Home for What You are Willing & Able to Pay

Most log home enthusiasts dream for years about building a log or timber frame home, whether as a refuge for their family, a place to get back to nature, or a well deserved reward for a lifetime of accomplishment. And one of the most exciting aspects of the dream is the log home design process – that’s where you get to exercise your creativity in creating the perfect home! But like everything else in life, cost is an inevitable consideration. The best… Continue

Added by PrecisionCraft on August 20, 2008 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Far in the future

How soon is too soon?

As I've mentioned before, I don't realistically see myself getting into a log home until my youngest is out of school - and she has 8 more years to go. So call it a decade before I'll be able to focus all my energies into getting a log home. But that doesn't stop me from dreaming, naturally, and buying log home magazines off the newsstand.

I saw under the Events tab that Appalachian Log Structures is hosting a… Continue

Added by Shad on August 19, 2008 at 7:54pm — 9 Comments

Golden Eagle Log Homes helps sponsor a charity event for those affected by cancer

I recently received this press release about how Golden Eagle Log Homes donated its showcase home for a charity event to help ease the burden of those affected by cancer. It does my heart good to know that we're involved with such a thoughtful industry, so I had to share. I hope anyone who's in the Wisconsin region (or those willing to travel for an excellent cause) is able to attend. - Donna

Golden Eagle Log Homes, a leading log home… Continue

Added by Donna Peak on August 18, 2008 at 5:32pm — 4 Comments


I live in suburbia - I'm your typical 'burbanite with a wife, two kids, a dog, cat, SUV, and mortgage. We mow our lawn and do yard work on weekends, pet sit neighbor's dogs and borrow power tools from said neighbors when needed. We have a great neighborhood; it has great people, is conveniently located to practically everything, and I can't even gripe about the HOA. At least not that much.

As someone who loves log… Continue

Added by Shad on August 18, 2008 at 9:00am — 14 Comments

Cutting the Lot and Driveway work

Currently getting the Backhoe ready to move over to the building lot. I am cutting off the lot and the driveway and selling the wood for pulp, Also planning to keep all hardwood for firewood. Hoping to take a week off of work to finish some of this. I am only cutting what trees I actually have to cut to put the road in and the building lot.

The Hoe is a 1979 Allis Chalmers 715b I just put a new starter and a second battery in it and lock hasps on all the covers and boxes. I… Continue

Added by NEKVT on August 17, 2008 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

A Responsibility to Mother Nature

Now that my husband and I are log home owners, we are feeling even a greater sense of responsibility to nature and wildlife. Have you felt that too?

Is there anything more hauntingly beautiful than the call of loon across the lake at dusk? I have fallen in love with the loons on our lake and a neighboring lake so I became a "part-time" loon ranger. Believe me - I have received a lot of nudges and jokes from my friends and family such as "Let me see your badge… Continue

Added by Shelley Martinez on August 15, 2008 at 8:19pm — No Comments

DIY's Season Premiere of BLOG Cabin aires August 14th at 9pm

Thursday nights at 9pm you can follow along and watch the progressional construction of this years BLOG cabin. Log home enthusiasts have voted on everything from the floorplan, to the log style to the lighting fixtures n determining the final outcome of this year's San Jacinto model by Barna Log Homes. Sign in on line at to enter the sweepstakes to give this beautiful home to some lucky viewer. If you don't feel that lucky but would like to have your own beautiful Barna log home, call… Continue

Added by Joy Mulkern on August 14, 2008 at 6:19pm — 1 Comment

Green By Nature...Not Cause It's Trendy

Since the dawn of time, humans have been forced to be innovative to overcome their problems: For cavemen looking to chase down agile prey, lighter wood was used to make spears move more quickly through the air. For Henry Ford looking to chase down more profit by producing more automobiles, he referenced his own ingenuity, and unveiled the assembly line.

These, and millions of other events, gave birth to the phrase "necessity breeds creation." (You may have heard it a few times,… Continue

Added by Neighborhood Host on August 14, 2008 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Hot for Fall Decor

Looking to refresh your home for fall? Tons of texture, pattern and anything with a nature-inspired motif is hot for the upcoming season. That’s great news for rustic-living lovers. Basic color trends that are a natural fit for log and timber style homes going into 2009 include rich crewel tones like deep reds, chocolate browns, pumpkin orange and deep-hued blues. Anything green is a go as well with the eco-friendly progression in… Continue

Added by Stephanie Hintz on August 14, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

Choosing Exterior Finishes

Proudly beaming in both sun and moonlight, the quintessential log home is an expression of a homeowner’s unique and personalized lifestyle. From a ski resort to mountain lodge to a cabin on the river, your home is a ray of life, extending its welcoming hand out to greet guests and welcome you home. Directing the experience to be either relaxed or stately, the exterior of your home is often the first thing considered before committing to a certain… Continue

Added by Stephanie Hintz on August 14, 2008 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Planning Outdoor Spaces

Increasingly popular, outdoor living spaces can offer additional usable exterior square footage, protection from the heat, cold and precipitation, and even help manage heating and cooling on the interior of your home. And of course, they are a natural fit for rustic homes, typically blending the architecture of the home with natural elements and the topography of the lot.

The choices available today can seem overwhelming, however, by narrowing them down and really designing these… Continue

Added by Stephanie Hintz on August 14, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

PrecisionCraft’s President Loves His Log Home

Jim Young, president of PrecisionCraft Log Homes, has a very unique story behind his own log home. Jim’s uncle, Paul, was the first person to navigate the Salmon River in a jet boat. He accomplished this feat in the early 1960’s and was featured in an article on the cover of Life Magazine, a true explorer for his day.

Paul operated a hunting and fishing lodge on the Salmon and was a part-time miner in the rugged mountains above the river.… Continue

Added by PrecisionCraft on August 13, 2008 at 5:00am — No Comments

Buying a 20 year old cabin

In the midst of our property search we came across a log cabin that suits our needs. It is 20 years old and consists of a 3000 square foot cabin attached to a 1000 sq ft in law cabin. My inlaws have wanted to downsize for a while and it is perfect for them. I have spent all summer in negotiation with the owners and it seems like the deal is going to go through. but soon we will enter home inspection and I am concerned as to what things I should pay particular attention to in a 20 year old home.… Continue

Added by Rich on August 11, 2008 at 11:10pm — 2 Comments

Our future plans for our log cabin

At present we only have a little tin shed 10'X15' on our block.

my immediate plans are to; clear some of the old Redgum trees, get a dozer to level off an acre of land.

build a larger steel shed in a barn style with loft etc

then I can plan for the cabin.

We have a pine plantation right near us and I need to see if I can buy logs from them direct.

I will be doing all the work myself with my Wife Julie and anyone else who would like to volunteer.

I am a Plumber and… Continue

Added by Tim on August 9, 2008 at 5:07pm — 1 Comment

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