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Bathroom Design for Log Homes
By Lisa Marquis Jackson | Log Home Living

Since Roman times, the bathing ritual has been relished as one of life's greatest pleasures. And with the high-speed pace of the 21st century, it's clear why today's homeowners are bringing the bath back into the limelight, making it a place to rejuvenate body and spirit.


The Not-So-Big Room
By Log Home Living/Loghome.com

Give you small room an ego boost with these 10 tips that will make even the tiniest space feel large and in charge!


10 Steps to Perfect Log-Home Design
By Roland Sweet

The thing about log homes is either you like them or you don’t. Those who do probably think what you like about them is the wood. Well, you’re wrong. Log homes are about how the wood is used.


Staircases: Calculated Precision Mixed with Architectural Beauty
By Rachel Machacek | Log Home Living

A staircase's main job is to cast a bridge between one floor of a home to the next. But, as one of the architectural focal points, it's also about looks, especially since many staircases are designed to go in the entryway or great room where they will stand in full view.


Great Medleys for the Great Room
By Jacqueline Kennard

Most log-home decorating plans start with the focal point of the house. Spectacular views, towering ceilings and majestic fireplaces are the classic hallmarks of a great room. Decorating an open area with so many predominant natural features must be approached with the goal of enhancing the existing splendor.


Good Design: Connecting Your Home to the Outdoors | Environmental Design
By Rachel Machacek/Log Home Living

Log and timber frame homes are generally in a natural setting which creates the comfort and feel of what the homeowner is looking for. That quiet natural setting with beautiful views.


Room in Focus: Open Kitchen
By Loghome.com

Open kitchens are a natural fixture in log homes — they reinforce log homes’ informal quality by letting you treat company calls like neighborly visits over the backyard fence.


Island Living
Published in Dream Home Showcase/Loghome.com

Like the microwave oven, islands show up in most kitchens today with good reason: The average island adds counter surface and storage and helps define the kitchen space in an open floor plan.


A Home for Everyone | Universal Design
By Whitney Richardson/Loghome.com

Because universal design takes into account a range of lifestyles and physical characteristics, it’s perfect for the lifetime of your home — and includes everyone, young and old. Most of us have had this experience: You’re trying to get something off the top shelf, but you’re just not quite tall enough to reach it. As an able-bodied individual, however, you can just step on a stool or a chair to reach that item. For other individuals, the solution may not be so simple.


From the Simple Life Reading Room ... One of Our "Must Read" Log & Timber Frame  Home Articles that will help you find the Log or Timber Frame Home of Your Dreams!


Floor Plan: Award Winning Rose Hill
By NAHB House Keys

View this 2,530 square foot log and timber home designed by Stonemill Log & Timber Homes features interior customizations including using reclaimed oak that is more than 100 years old. The home features three bedrooms, a loft and two and a half bathrooms. The main-floor master suite has its own fireplace, allowing for private space away from the other bedrooms on the second floor.


From the Simple Life Reading Room ... One of Our "Must Read" Log & Timber Frame  Home Articles that will help you find the Log or Timber Frame Home of Your Dreams!


Designing-Your-Bathroom
By Log Cabin Homes Magazine

Check out these lovely bathroom designs. From vintage to modern and all in between. From The metallic copper finish on the walls to walk-in shower has a luxurious shower head and sprays.


From the Simple Life Reading Room ... One of Our "Must Read" Log & Timber Frame  Home Articles that will help you find the Log or Timber Frame Home of Your Dreams!


Getting Started on Windows and Doors
By Editiorial Staff/Loghome.com

You’ve bought your land and now getting into the planning stage. You want to take advantage of the spectacular views available. Read more to understand about designing your home to do just that!


From the Simple Life Reading Room ... One of Our "Must Read" Log & Timber Frame  Home Articles that will help you find the Log or Timber Frame Home of Your Dreams!


Improving On Perfection
By Log Home Living Magazine

A couple discovers that adding on to their North Carolina cabin is tricky, but not impossible. Blending old and new is a lot easier with furnishings that permanent log walls. See how this StoneMill Log & Timber Homes customer obtained their dream.


From the Simple Life Reading Room ... One of Our "Must Read" Log & Timber Frame  Home Articles that will help you find the Log or Timber Frame Home of Your Dreams!


Outdoor living
By Log Cabin Homes Magazine

Imagine sitting in an outdoor spa, breathing in the clean mountain air and admiring the incredible view. The boulders around the spa create extra seating and give the area a more natural look. You can finish the evening in front of the firepit at the rear of the terrace.


Design A Snoring Room
By Rachel Machacek/Loghome.com

Have a snorer in your life? Fear not. We have a solution with a comfortable (and quiet) snore room so everyone can get their zzzs. Although unconventional, a dedicated snoring room can generate huge benefits for your sleep, your health and your relationship.


Spectacular ~ Log Stairs with a Tree!
Video By BC Log Stair and Rail

This is an awesome log staircase built around an Alder tree. This is another unique set of log stairs from BC Log Stair and Rail. This video shows the making of the stairs and also the installation of the log stairs.


Amazing Double Spiral Log Stairs
Video By BC Log Stair and Rail

This amazing video shows award winning giant double spiral log staircase, one of the largest log home spiral staircases ever made. These double spiral log stairs span 3 floors and weigh in around 12 tons, 45' tall and 16' diameter. Each stair tread weighs approximately 300lbs.



Making A Statement: 6 Keys To A Truly Great Room
By Country’s Best Log Homes staff

Log & Timber Frame enthusiasts generally opt for a Truly Great Room. Download this article to gain some insight into things that would help you get the best out of your design for your perfect great room. Write a list of activities planned for your great room and don’t forget to also include a column of the “don’t wants” for this room.

 


10 Most Common Planning Mistakes
by Heather B. Hayes

Designing and building a log home is fun. Discovering that you’ve made a mistake during the process isn’t, as homeowners are then forced to live with the consequences or spend additional dollars to remedy the problem. The following represents some of the most common or egregious errors that can occur during the home planning phase. Download this article written by Heather B Hayes to avoid the pitfalls that others have previously made.


The Right Recipes for An Affordable Kitchen
By The Log Home Council

The right recipe for an affordable kitchen involves healthy portions of common sense and a dash of practicality. Your kitchen will be one of the most important rooms in your new dream home. This article by The Log Home Council is packed with information you should consider when planning your kitchen.


Master Bedroom Trends
By Donna Peak, Log Cabin Homes Magazine

Most homeowners consider the master bedroom their sanctuary. It’s the one space in the house that’s totally private. Owners go there to feel snug, secure, and “away from it all.” Download this article for a few ideas that will help you sleep better at night.

Recently, two forces got to work on how we view master bedroom design: budget and comfort. Those of us lucky enough to design our own homes rather than inherit an existing floor plan found that not only do we not need or want that enormous space, economic conditions are such that we can’t justify spending the money.


Built To Last
by Karen doss bowman | Photography by James Ray Spahn, Log Cabin Homes Magazine

A Tennessee couple builds a log cabin retreat on generations-old farmland. Download to see their beautiful StoneMill log home.


Designing A Maintenance Free Log Home
By Wyatt Myers, Log Cabin Homes Magazine

What would you rather do, spend time working on your log home, or relaxing inside it? If you chose relaxing, then you’ll love this list of tips for minimizing maintenance inside your log home.


Master Bedroom Trends
By Donna Peak, Log Cabin Homes Magazine

Most homeowners consider the master bedroom their sanctuary. It’s the one space in the house that’s totally private. Owners go there to feel snug, secure, and “away from it all.” Download this article for a few ideas that will help you sleep better at night.

Recently, two forces got to work on how we view master bedroom design: budget and comfort. Those of us lucky enough to design our own homes rather than inherit an existing floor plan found that not only do we not need or want that enormous space, economic conditions are such that we can’t justify spending the money.


Designing For Retirement
by Karen Doss Bowman/Loghome.com

Planning a retirement home? The time to think about what should go where is now. When planning a retirement home, people tend to consider ways to reduce the hassles of maintenance and ways to facilitate getting around as their mobility becomes more limited. A few of our experts offered minor design tips that may go a long way in making a retirement home as comfortable as possible.


All Play No Work Log Cabin – The Polowniak’s Story And Photos
By Country’s Best Cabins Magazine

Ask Shawn Polowniak, a happy Stonemill Log & Timber Homes customer, exactly when he knew that he wanted to one day build a cabin for his family, and he’ll confess that like many cabin owners, it’s been a lifelong dream.