Log cabins have always stood as a symbol of rugged American individualism, but have faded in and out of vogue as the years passed. It looks like that trend trend is now here to stay. More and more people are realizing the benefits of living in a log home, and the Wall Street Journal says log homes are becoming a sort of status symbol in the US and abroad. With a better economy and lower interest rates, people now have the ability to create their own dream home. Many are tired of living in cookie-cutter subdivisions, and instead are choosing to create the type of home they genuinely want, the log cabin. Another major reason for a rising popularity in log homes is that many of them have luxuries that a normal homes does not. Most are equipped with fireplaces, hardwood floors, wooden cabinetry, and are more structurally sound than a typical home. Since most of these homes are built completely from wood, they’re stronger than drywall, and technology has come far enough along that the normal seasonal problems that used to occur with log cabins, rotting, shrinking, expanding etc., are no longer real factors. In addition, the Log Homes Council says that wood insulates six times better than brick, making a log home a big advantage towards that heating and cooling bill. Log homes are gathering repute as far as Hollywood. HGTV and National Geographic both have shows that focus specifically on the creation of log homes. These shows prove the widely touted advantage of building your own log home: complete customization. HGTV’s Timber Kings are log home builders in British Columbia who create some of the most impressive and sought-after log homes in the world. The pictures from their Loveland project showcase this. National Geographic’s “Building Wild” is another television show that creates specialty log cabins for clients. The show stars two men, Paulie and Tuffy, who update, design, and build cabins, treehouses, and other sorts of wooden dwellings. If you have a log home, or are thinking about building a log cabin, this is the show for you. Paulie and Tuffy create some incredible structures, designed to fit the lifestyles of their clients. A breathtaking example is this creatively designed cabin that sits directly over a waterfall.