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Room-By-Room

Big Trend: Small Homes

In November 2010, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported that the median size of new home construction continued to decline during the latter half of the decade, peaking at 2,268 square feet in 2006 and settling to an even 2,100 square feet in 2009. According to the report, a similar trend occurred in the early 1980s, when interest rates climbed to astronomical heights, but this reduction in square footage was only temporary. The 1990s saw t…

Catskills Charmer

When Aurora and John Oliveira decided that they were going to purchase a log home, they wanted more than just a room with a view. Immediately, there was an understanding that glorious mountain vistas should be enjoyed from virtually every vantage point in the home. When they began their search, the Oliveiras knew one thing. “We wanted to have a log home, and a must was to have spectacular views,” explains John. “We purchased our home in 2011 and must have looked at every single log home within a 60-mile…

Once & Future Homestead

It was an old Forest Service cabin, one that at some point had served its useful purpose and been abandoned, more or less. John Anderson picked it up for a song. His winning bid was $150, and that was 40 years ago. “To my surprise, it was the winning bid,” John remembers. “My brother and I disassembled the cabin and moved it onto the building site. I had a friend who helped me with the foundation, and then my brother and I restacked the logs. We built a barn-style roof to accommodate a little more headr…

Kitchen Design Tips

No matter what floorplan you choose, you will need a kitchen. Here are ideas to consider when you are designing your brand-new log home kitchen. Kitchens, like homes, reflect the personality of the person using them. When a homeowner answers the question of his or her basic needs, a design can take shape that fits that lifestyle. “Survey your lifestyle. Ask: Who lives in the home?” says Stephanie Gauthier, interior designer for Wisconsin Log Homes in Green Bay, Wisconsin. “What are…

Designing & Decorating Great Rooms

Natural light pours into this great room from all directions, showing off the log walls and staircase. Windows in the open loft add more light at the ceiling level. The white cabinets in the open kitchen make the great room look even more spacious. The reclaimed wood beams in the ceiling and on the walls and the gorgeous natural stonework contrast beautifully with the more contemporary …

Log Home Serenity

The Great Smokey Mountains draw thousands of visitors on a regular basis—including Michael and Katherine Bender. They have enjoyed the beauty and awe of the area for many years and each time they visited they came home with a stronger desire to build a log home. They marveled at historical log homes that are 200 years old and still standing and were inspired by the history and character the log homes exude.   Ultimately, the Benders fell in love with the history and down-home feel of…

Perfect Do-Over

For Pete and Trish DeSocio, the second time’s a charm. Within two years of building their dream vacation log home in Henry, Tennessee, the DeSocios had sold it and moved into an expanded version of the same house in nearby Paris.  The DeSocios, whose primary home is in Newburgh, Indiana, weren’t looking to relocate their vacation spot. But when a realtor contacted the couple to see if they’d be interested in looking at the substantially larger Paris property, they decided to che…

Slow and Steady

They met and married in college, one pursuing a degree in interior design and the other in architecture. “Step by step, our life evolved,” says Josette. “Degrees were achieved, kids came along, and everything fell into place. We both applied for professorships at Knoxville, got accepted, and made our home there.”   As the saying goes, the rest is history. This couple’s is a rich one, laced with great memories of their teaching years, travels abroad with family and students, the arrival of grandchil…

Going Off the Grid

People choose to build off-grid homes for a variety of reasons. Some are committed to reducing their impact on the planet, while others are interested in a simpler way of life. And some have no choice—the remoteness of their property makes building an off-grid home the only option. For David Jakubowski and his family, a number of factors contributed to their decision to build an off-grid log cabin on their 82-acre Vermont vacation property. “First was our love of nat…

Return to Red Lodge

For what feels like an eternity they’ll watch a storm roll in, approaching from the mountains to the southwest. Suddenly it begins to pick up force and speed, descending through the sweeping valley where they reside. “And when it hits,” says homeowner Bart Butzer, “Betsy and I relish every moment of it!” Designed and built to withstand Montana’s extreme weather systems, the Triple B Ranch house is equipped with numerous lightning rods, constructed with reclaimed materials that have already proven their …

Scandinavian Fusion

The essence of the hybrid home lies in cooperative construction methods, perhaps both log and timberframe, incorporating varied elements both in materials utilized and the home’s comprehensive theme. Creativity comes to the forefront in hybrid construction, allowing the homeowner to blend such elements as wood, stone, and concrete while achieving a captivating fusion of décor elements. In short, a hybrid home provides the palette for the ultimate in inventive and original vision. On a sprawling 147-acre…

Second Thoughts

The dream of owning a second home is far from dead. Signs of the housing market’s resuscitation are visible around the country, with certain areas emerging as the hottest spots (and best real estate investments) you can make. With interest rates still incredibly low (5.25 percent for a 30-year fixed, as reported by Wells Fargo [www.wellsfargo.com] at the time of publication) and excellent builders still available and eager to work, these could be your best conditions for getting that…