The Nitty-Gritty of a Mainstream Log Home Construction Schedule

The Nitty Gritty of a Mainstream Log Home ConstructionYou’ve decided to build your log home paradise – now what? The process can be daunting if you don’t know what to expect. The good news is that the log home process can be broken down into four relatively simple phases that will outline where you are in the building process and help you gauge your progress: a strong foundation, a well laid plan, great bones, and the finishing touches. [Read more…]

5 Log Cabin Types All Experts Must Know

5 Log Cabin TypesSo you’re the proud owner of a parcel of land out in the wilderness and you want to tame the wilds (all while proving your mettle as a builder) by putting a log cabin out there. But the question “how to build a log cabin” lingers in your mind. So what do you do? Buy an already built log home or start your own log home building project? [Read more…]

The Ultimate Mountain Cabin Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Buying or Building a Mountain Cabin

The Ultimate Mountain Cabin GuideHave you always dreamed of owning a secluded log cabin of your very own? For people who love the mountains, a log cabin is a dream come true. You could either build a custom cabin of your own on undeveloped land, or purchase a cabin that someone else has previously owned. Here’s what you need to know about how to build a log cabin, as well as some information about buying a cabin that’s already been constructed. [Read more…]

Home Improvements that Increase Your Log Home’s Value

Home Improvements that can Increase Your Log Home's ValueOwning a vacation home is a dream come true, and there’s an undeniable quaintness and romance to having your own rustic mountain cabin. Once you’ve finally achieved your goal of buying a cabin, it’s time to furnish and decorate it. But what if it needs some work? Doing some renovation and remodeling work for your winter cabin can add quite a bit of market value — more, in fact, than you’ll probably spend on the repairs. Suddenly, you’ve already made a return on your real estate investment. [Read more…]

Do I Need to Remove Snow from My Roof?

Do I ned to remove snow from my roof?“Do I really need to remove snow from my roof?”, you might wonder. Usually, the answer is yes. Snow and ice removal from the roof is an essential part of log home maintenance. If you neglect it, you could find yourself dealing with ice dams that build up and damage your roof from their weight. However, not all snow needs to be removed. Here are some of the factors that determine whether you need to remove the snow or not. [Read more…]

How Soon After Cleaning Can You Stain or Seal?

How Soon After Cleaning Can You Stain or Seal?Cleaning and staining the wood of your log home, deck, or patio is as important as washing your car, your clothes, or your dog. Of course, you want to maintain its beauty, but at the same time, it’s critical to remove dust, dirt, mildew, and other contaminants that can deteriorate the wood and lead to decay. [Read more…]

Chinking and Energy Efficiency in Log Homes

Chinking and Other Energy Efficiency in Log HomesYou’ve chosen that perfect spot in the mountains, and you’re ready to build your dream home. If a log house is what you picture, keep in mind that energy efficiency is a great concern for those who own such homes. A plain log wall doesn’t even meet building code energy standards most of the time. If you build well, however, you can have a log home that’s both beautiful and energy-efficient. [Read more…]

What To Do When Your Log Home Wasn’t Backbrushed

What To Do When Your Log Home Wasn't BackbrushedWhen you buy a log home, you want it to last well into the future. If it wasn’t back-brushed before you bought it, you might need to back-brush it yourself or hire a professional. Back-brushing refers to the process of applying a stain or sealant to your log home’s exterior while ensuring that the material sinks into every crack, gap, or imperfection in the wood. This coat protects the logs from rot, moisture damage, UV damage, and other issues. [Read more…]

4 Things to Check When Buying an Existing Log Home

4 Things to Check When Buying an Existing Log HomeMany people dream of buying a log cabin in the mountains or a log home on the prairie. These beautiful houses look great no matter where you build them, but if you’re buying an existing log home, you need to examine it carefully before you head to the closing table. [Read more…]

What is the Longest Lasting Deck Stain?

What is the Longest Lasting Deck Stain?If you are getting ready to work on a finish stain, finding out how long the stain will last and how often you will have to reapply the stain is important. You can find this and other pertinent information, such as the ideal way to apply the stain and how long to the stain should last, below. [Read more…]