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Geez, I take an extended hiatus from the Neighborhood, and it explodes. Last I looked there were about 570 members. Now there's over 2,000! Wow!

Great work on building the Neighborhood out guys. Hope to be around more.

Added by Shad on June 17, 2010 at 3:49pm — No Comments

New Years Resolution

Like most everyone else, I'm making some resolutions this year. The perennial favorite, losing weight, is right up there at the top but I'm going to make it a "get healthy in spirit, mind and body" resolution.

I plan on doing more creative work that I enjoy; writing, photography and music.

And finally, I'm going to start my Log Home Workbook. Never too early to start planning! For Christmas I received a Log Home Living subscription, so I'll be cutting floorplans, articles… Continue

Added by Shad on January 2, 2009 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Chantilly Log Home Show Recap

Sunday morning was a good time to go to the Log Home show... when I went it was practically dead, which meant I didn't have to fight the crowds to look at the stuff I wanted to look at. I meandered from display to display, taking my time, and not being jostled or having people step in front of me.

It also meant that I got to spend time talking with the fine folks that run this neighborhood, without competing with others for their attention! I spent a lot of time talking with Donna… Continue

Added by Shad on October 28, 2008 at 9:16pm — 3 Comments

Log Home Show in Chantilly

The Log Home and Timber Show is just around the corner! At least, for those in the Northern Virginia area. Anyone planning on going? (I would expect to see the Log Home U staff there - it's all of what, a mile from your offices? ;-) Anyone want to meet n' greet and say howdy to your fellow Log Home Neighbors?

Chantilly Log and Timber Home Show Information

I plan on bringing my camera - so be prepared to have… Continue

Added by Shad on October 16, 2008 at 12:00pm — 15 Comments


We all love wood. If we didn't we wouldn't be living (or wanting to live) in log homes. I imagine many of you, like myself, love the look, the texture and the smell of wood. From homes to furniture to small accessories, wood is part of our daily lives.

Well...what about a car made from wood? And not just any old, run-of-the-mill car, but a supercar, something that belongs next to the Lamborghinis, Ferrari's and Bugatti's of this world?

Joe Harmon designed and is building… Continue

Added by Shad on September 21, 2008 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Autumn in the air

It's this kind of weather that makes me really appreciate living in Northern Virginia. I grew up in Arizona, and while a good part of it was in Flagstaff (which sits at 7,000 feet above sea level and does see its share of snow) there really wasn't the changing of the seasons that we get here.

As I rode the motorcycle in this morning, I was glad I had the full-face helmet on. It was definitely chilly! Now, in the early afternoon, it's gorgeous. Knowing the seasons are about to change… Continue

Added by Shad on September 17, 2008 at 12:58pm — 1 Comment

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


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

Got granite countertops? Might want to check this out...

"...with increasing regularity in recent months, the Environmental Protection Agency has been receiving calls from radon inspectors as well as from concerned homeowners about granite countertops with radiation measurements several times above background levels. “We’ve been hearing from people all over the country concerned about high readings,” said Lou Witt, a program analyst with the agency’s Indoor Environments Division."

Not all countertops have elevated… Continue

Added by Shad on July 27, 2008 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

My First Time(s)

Do you remember when you got the bug for log home living? When you decided that a log home would be the home of your dreams?

There are two occasions that stick in my mind that I thought I'd share. The first was when I was around 13 and we were visiting my dad's college roommate. About 20 miles east of Payson, AZ, in the White Mountains, is a small community called Kohl's Ranch, built in a valley along Tonto Creek. All sounds very westerny, doesn't it? Anyhow, this community is mostly… Continue

Added by Shad on July 21, 2008 at 9:00am — 11 Comments

Designing in my mind

In the last couple of months, it seems as if this place has exploded with new members. Which is absolutely fantastic. Congrats to the LogHome Team for pulling this together.

It would seem, after briefly looking through some of the blog posts, that the majority of members own, or are at least in the process of building, their own log homes. As for myself, the reality is that I won't be in the log-home of my dreams for at least the next ten years (waiting for the kids to be out of… Continue

Added by Shad on July 9, 2008 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Long Weekend

Heading out here in a bit to start my long weekend. I'm going up the mountain to do some camping, and it's in a fairly rugged area. The only way to get there is by 4WD, and it's the definition of 'off the beaten path'. But it's a beautiful area, with a good-sized creek that runs right along where we camp, plenty of trees and the serenity of nature, so it's worth the sometimes treacherous drive. If I could pick a spot for my dream cabin vacation spot, this would be it. A small one-bedroom with a… Continue

Added by Shad on June 11, 2008 at 2:26pm — 2 Comments

Floorplan Saving?

Anyone else unable to save floorplans on the website? I've sent numerous emails to the webmaster, but I never have received a response. It's frustrating, as I think that's a great feature and would really like to utilize it.

Added by Shad on June 6, 2008 at 9:03am — 6 Comments

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