WELCOME, Y’All
WELCOME, Y’All

Achieving Rustic Appeal

If there’s one thing that homeowners have learned from TV shows like Property Brothers, Fixer Upper, and Extreme Makeover, it’s that infusing rustic appeal into a new or existing home helps to create a warm, inviting atmosphere where people enjoy hanging out. From exposed ceiling beams to wide-plank floors to shiplap, the types of materials used to create this effect have proliferated over the last few years, making the end goal that much more attainable. Because they assume several di…

Moonlight Magic

A Minnesota couple, John and Jean, enjoyed family ski vacations in Montana for years before they decided to build a dream home of their own in Big Sky country. They looked at many different properties in the area, but always kept coming back to Moonlight Basin, a resort development with ski-in ski-out parcels that overlook huge stands of trees and stunning views of the Spanish Peaks mountain range. “We couldn’t resist the lure of Moonlight Basin,” says Jean. ”Not only are the views amazing, but there is…

Scandinavian Haven

Their Scandinavian log home is a wish come true for the McHugh family. Paradoxically, it is also the result of an unfortunate event. A few years back, the cottage the McHughs owned in the Laurentian Mountains burned down. And though the loss was regrettable, this dynamic and enterprising man saw it as a sort of blessing in disguise. It gave him the opportunity for him to fulfill a childhood dream. Kids collect all kinds of things—baseball cards, butterflies, coins, rocks. For McHugh, it was log home mag…

Ask the Experts

Q: If I have an existing log home mortgage, how can I determine whether refinancing is a good idea? A: Generally, if a borrower can save one percent on their interest rate it is worth paying the closing costs to refinance. Some lenders have options for “no closing cost” refinances, and borrowers may pay a slightly higher rate for that. Consider the amount of time you will continue to own the home. If you are going to be there long-term, pay the closing costs. I…

Welcome Home!

Front doors welcome visitors and reflect the personality of the people who live within the home. A front door can convey serenity, power, warmth, creativity, and so much more. Take some time to determine the statement you want to make and how you want your home to...