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Have questions about what goes into log home construction? Need info on wood species, log profiles and corner styles? Looking for floor plan design tips and inspiration? The answers are at your fingertips.

Outdoor Adornments | Clare's Wares | June 07
Here are the three top decor finds of the month that will add a touch of ambience to your outdoor area without breaking the bank.
Clare's Wares - June 07
Want to make your outdoor living space more, well, livable without spending a fortune? These three finds will add a touch of ambience to your patio, deck or gazebo without breaking the bank.
Products for Your Home Management Center
These three office products will take your home management center from functional to fabulous.
Clare's Wares | Wall Decor for Log Homes
The problem: blank walls. The solution? Art is usually the go-to, but I prefer these out-of-the-ordinary decorative items instead.
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 Log Home in Small-Town Colorado
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-br...
Designing a Home in Snow Country
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.
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.
Mastering Your Log Home Plan
Mastering Your Log Home Plan
Our design expert helps you with the essentials of planning your new home—one big decision at a time.
Do-Over: What Log Home Owners Would Change
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 gi...
Pro-Tips for a Perfect Floor Plan
Pro-Tips for a Perfect Floor Plan
Planning pro Allen Halcomb has some secrets to share about your log home design. Planning can be fun and functional if you keep...
Rugged by Design: Building in Remote Locations | Log home on grass field near mountain
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.
Working with the Sun
No matter what kind of heating and cooling system you're considering for your log home, you absolutely can't beat the (free!) benefits of passive solar design.
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.