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Give Me Space | Incorporating Storage in Your Log Home
Storage is key in any home. Our building pro outlines 6 tips to create space for everything from hiking gear to lawn equipment.
Battle of the Sexes | Tips for Decorating with Your Spouse
Our guide will help you make sense of the Mars-Venus decorating dilemma once and for all.
A Brilliant Plan | A Log Home in Small-Town Colorado
In life, knowing what you want is half the battle. So for this decisive Florida couple, designing their log getaway was a no-brainer.
Where the Snow Flies | Designing a Home in Snow Country
Bring on the fluffy white stuff. You're not worried, especially with these 10 tips for designing your log home in snow country.
Live & Learn | Avoid These Homeowners' Building Mistakes
As the saying goes, hindsight is 20-20—particularly when it comes to home design. So we asked new home owners to share their insight about what they did right and what they'd change now that they're living in their log masterpieces.
Living Color: Tips to Add Color Without Painting the Walls
Color is a magical elixir that can transform a plain room, warm up a cold space or turn a tired area into an exciting, personal oasis. Here are eight great strategies to infuse your home with color.
Guiding Light: 5 Smart Strategies for 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, finding the right light can be an overwhelming task.
Plan in the Making | 7 Steps to Plan Your Log Home
The best-laid log home plans are those that follow these 7 steps.
Mastering Your Plan | Log Home Planning Tips
Our design expert helps you with the essentials of planning your new home—one big decision at a time.
The Definition of Home | Customized Home on a Budget
A customized log home provides plenty of space (not to mention fun) for one budget-conscious Wisconsin family.
Do Over | What Log Home Owners Would Change
You've seen their homes in our magazine—and, yes, the places are perfect. But what would these home owners do differently if given the chance? You'll learn a lot from their answers.
Home Team Advantage | Tips for a Perfect Floor Plan
Planning pro Allen Halcomb has a secret to share: Your log home's design can be fun and functional if you keep your land and your lifestyle in mind.
Rugged by Design | Building in Remote Locations
So, you want to live far from the maddening crowd? Extreme home settings are hotter than ever, but they involve careful planning.
Stairway to Heaven
The classical and luxurious staircases of the past have made a comeback, with more homeowners looking to design unique stairs that enhance a living area—or even become its main focus.
Holiday Homestead
A Connecticut woman builds a custom log home on a farm that's been in her family for generations.
Holiday Homestead
A Connecticut woman builds a custom log home on a farm that's been in her family for generations.
Divine Interior Design
The best time to think about your log home's interior design is when you're still in the planning stages.
Main Level Living
Main-level master bedrooms are one hot design trend—here's what you should know when incorporating one in your log home.
Do It Yourself Style
When it comes to decorating your log home, it pays to start the process early.
Small Homes, Big Ideas
10 great ideas for getting the most out of your small space.