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Log Home Talk

  • Tips on Designing Your Next Log Home

    If you've decided you want to build a log home, congratulations! Whether it's a summer cabin on the lake or a year-round residence in the mountains, you can't go wrong with a log home. They're well insulated, sturdy, and there's no beating the classic look of a traditional log home. Once you've decided it's time to build though, you'll want to start designing. Since that can be an overwhelming process when you first start, we thought we'd give you a few tips to get started designing your log home:

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  • Log Home Building 101: Guide to Log Home Styles

    When you're first building a log home, it can be tough to choose what type of log home style you're going to build. Besides the fact that there are multiple types of wood to consider, you also need to think about the style of home you like the most, and there are quite a few of those. Since some of the log home building terms might be new and unfamiliar, we've created this guide to explain some of the most popular home styles, from the profile of each log to the corner style used to join each wall of the home together. If you're still deciding what your log home will look like, follow this guide for everything you need to know about log home styles:

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  • What are log home kits, and are they the right choice?

    When researching your dream log home, it's important to know the pros and cons. Log cabin kits come with everything to build a watertight log home, but do know that you're going to get what you pay for. It's important to make sure you know what's included in your kit.

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  • Tips for Keeping Your Log Home Comfortable This Winter

    There's nothing cozier than a roaring fire in a toasty log home during the winter months. As many log home owners can attest, log homes do an amazing job of retaining heat on those snowy days. If you're looking for ways to make sure your log home stays warm and comfortable this winter, we've got a few tips for you:

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  • Safely Decorating Your Log Home for the Holidays

    The holidays are right around the corner, and if you haven't started already, it's time to get decorating! There's nothing quite like a log home decorated for the holidays, especially with a fire roaring indoors and cheery lights twinkling outdoors. If you're planning on dressing your log home up for the holidays, here are a few safety tips to make sure your decorations don't hurt your home, or your family:

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  • Building a Log Home That's Winter-Ready

    Log homes have been around almost as long as humans. Trees are a handy renewable resource, they're plentiful, and they're the perfect building material for warm, sturdy homes. In Michigan especially, we need homes guaranteed to keep us toasty through the winter, and these days, everyone's looking for a home that can do that at a price that's affordable. Energy efficiency is a term that's thrown around a lot, and it's especially relevant to log homes. If you're looking to build a log home that can withstand even the worst Michigan winters, here are a few design tips that will keep your home warm, without wreaking havoc on your wallet:

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  • Tips For Dealing With Snow Outside Your Log Home

    Michigan is no stranger to snowfall. Norton Shores alone has an annual average of a whopping 87 inches of snow per year. Any Michigan homeowner knows that snow is an obstacle to contend with every year, and if you have a log home, keeping on top of the snowfall is even more important. The longer snow stays on your porch, walkway, and front steps, the greater the potential for water damage. While you’ve certainly taken precautions against the snow by cleaning and sealing the outside of your home, ice and snow can also present a threat of personal injury, so we’re offering 4 different solutions to make sure that you can get rid of excess snow and keep yourself, and your home, safe.

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  • A Look at Log Homes Through Time

    While the log cabin is a classic American icon, we usually don’t think about the actual roots of log dwellings. To us, it’s synonymous with ideals like American individualism, and it reminds us of historical heroes like Abraham Lincoln. But believe it or not, log cabins and homes have been around far longer than even America has. In fact, log cabins were one of the first real man-made dwellings in northern Europe. Similar to North America, centuries ago, countries like Finland and Sweden were covered in massive forests. So the people used what they had and constructed log homes, which probably would have looked something like the Finnish log cabin above. They were very rustic construction, since they were built before any kind of modern technology or machinery, and were usually inhabited by poor farming or mountain families.

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  • 5 Steps to Repairing your Log Home

    As a log home owner, you probably already know that your home will require just a bit more maintenance than a traditional home. Most professionals recommend log homeowners inspect and perform general repairs every two years, and that's a pretty good rule to live by. And while you know you need to perform these inspections and make the necessary repairs, it can be tough to know where to start.

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  • Owning a Log Home: When It's Time to Call a Professional

    When you own a log home or cabin, it’s a source of pride to be able to maintain and touch up your house all by yourself. You know how to re-stain it, fix the chinking, and protect it from the elements, but are there instances when you should consider talking to a professional? We’ve put together a list of times it might save you a lot of hassle and money to simply just call an expert:

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