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Home Fires | 9 Tips for Designing a Hearth
9 hot tips for creating dazzling hearths in any room of the house.
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Mud Haven | Mudroom Design Ideas
It's not the most glamorous room in your new home, but it might be the most useful—especially with new designs. Tips for creati...
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Design on a Dime: How to Afford Your Home This Year
With some clever budgeting, you can make your dream a reality this spring—even if you need to squeeze each dime till it hollers.
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Stop and Stair | How To Design a Great Staircase
With some planning, your staircase can be both functional and fabulous.
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Make It Yours | How To Customize a Stock Floor Plan
If you think a top-to-bottom custom home is out of your financial reach, think again. We show you how to take a stock floor pla...
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Lofty Aspirations | Tips for Designing a Loft
A timber home necessity, your loft is more than just a perch from which to appreciate the impressive view—it's also a blank can...
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Get in the Zone | What Is Zone Heating?
Many timber-home owners are warming up to the idea of zone heating, a new method that can save you a bundle on your energy bills.
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Smart House | Home Automation for Your Log Home
Home automation and rustic living do go together—and create one incredibly efficient house.
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Mudrooms: Down & Dirty | Mudroom Design Ideas
Keep your log home mess-free with a well-designed mudroom.
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5 Smart Strategies for Log Home Lighting
How you light your interior spaces can make or break your log home's overall feel. But with so many options to choose from, dec...
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20 Essentials of Great Log Home Design
Everything you need to know to create a warm, comfortable, attractive log home.
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Raising the Dead | How To Use Your Home's Dead Space
Every home has space—under stairs, in lofts—that's tough to use. It's better known as dead space, and we show you how to bring ...
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Building Character | Adding Charm to Your Log Home
Like people, homes can be infused with charm and personality.
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The Shape of Great | Great Room Design Options
Big or small, your great room does some heavy lifting when it comes to living in your home. Try these two shapes on for size.
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Incorporating Natural Light in Your Log Home
Brighten the mood — and lower utility bills — with plenty of natural light.
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Parkitecture | Historic Lodge-Inspired Design
Historic National Park Service lodges influence the design of today's log homes.
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Our 4 Tips for Creating a Relaxing Log Home Getaway
Life might not always be a beach, but fortunately getaways in the mountains and the flatlands can be pretty darn relaxing, too....
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Insuring Your Dream Home
The 9 most commonly asked questions—and answers—on how to insure what's likely to be the largest financial investment of your l...
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A Different Approach: How to Rent Your Vacation Home
Looking for a way to afford that log vacation home and make money on the side? The answer may be just a renter away.
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Vintage Flair | Decorating with Antique Furniture
With so many uses for antique furniture and architectural elements, the possibilities are endless—and affordable.