Looking ahead to the May issues of Log Home Living and Country's Best Log Homes coming out in the next few weeks, we have a lot of great articles heading your way. Here's a glimpse of what to expect in your mailbox or on your local newsstand:
Log Home Living
Sticker Shock — Editor-in-Chief Roland Sweet explains the difference between a log-home kit price and the total cost of building a log home, and gives seasoned advice on how to estimate your real expenses. With land, building expenses, labor, fixtures, plumbing, septic systems and more, the numbers can add up quickly, but it's possible to have a legitimate estimate up front (and stick with it!) with a little research.
Top Spots — In this issue, we feature eight areas from all corners of the country that would be great places to build. With details on local recreation activities, land prices, population densities and more, you can start your research with a solid leg up.
Maintain to Sustain — With winter snows long gone and a full summer and fall ahead, spring is a great time to get started on your log home's maintenance. With proper care, your investment can last for generations, and this article provides a log-maintenance checklist that covers all the bases.
Country's Best Log Homes
'Dacks Are Back — A Maine artist crafts "Shakerondack" furniture, a creation all his own, by combining the practical elements of Shaker style with the rustic appeal found in Adirondack designs.
Laying a Patio — DIY projects allow you to put forth your personal expression in your designs, and with this step-by-step guide, you can have a well-laid patio ready to go in a weekend.
Let the Light In — Add simple beauty to your home with a sunroom, nature's cure for darkened interiors.
Grownup Grilling — Outdoor kitchens are going far beyond charcoal grills these days, and many modern designs rival those found in top-end indoor kitchens. Here are several options to consider and tips for building the right layout for your log home's outdoor space.