Log and Timber Home Living April/May 2021

The nation’s premier log home magazine, Log Home Living encourages the dream of log home ownership. Each issue celebrates the log home lifestyle, provides practical advice, and offers photo tours of the nation’s most beautiful log homes.

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Like most people in my line of work, I’m addicted to home improvement shows. I have a nearly insatiable need to absorb the creative ideas home buyers and professional builders and renovators come up with, then envision how I can infuse them to my own home plans. So, when a lakefront log cabin owned (and lovingly restored and remodeled) by HGTV/DIY Network host Chip Wade hit my desk, I jumped on the chance to feature it. I couldn’t wait to see how he and his wife, Pauli, put their unique spin on our medium. Chip laughingly refers to the design as “Boy Scout chic” but it is every bit the fun-filled-cabin-meets-sophisticated-waterfront retreat. You have to see it for yourself on page 50. Chip and Pauli’s log getaway isn’t the only article highlighting…

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whatever floats your boat

For more design ideas, log on to loghome.com and timberhomeliving.com…

6 min.
managing expectations

Ready to take the plunge into log or timber home ownership? You’re not the only one. Recent events have sent even the most ardent city dweller packing for a more pastoral life — and it’s an excellent decision. The only thing is, as a builder, there are more of you than there are of us. Residential construction is a different world than we’ve ever seen before. With the combination of a surge in log and timber home interest along with challenges in securing materials and skilled trade labor, now more than ever, we in the building industry need to partner with our clients to manage expectations while still making your homeownership dreams come true. Here’s how builders and buyers can collaborate to ensure your road to log or timber homeownership is a…

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planting for pollinators

When thinking of pollinators, many people picture bees — and rightly so. These hardworking insects play a vital role to ensure healthy crops and flower gardens. But they’re far from the only guys on the job. Butterflies, wasps, moths, hummingbirds, bats and flies all perform pollination tasks, and that’s important not just for edibles but for numerous plants in a garden, particularly flowering ones. By filling your landscape with vegetation that attracts these essential members of nature’s community, you’ll have a stronger, more robust plant population, and, in turn, you’ll be providing the pollinators with much-needed sanctuary and nutrition. Here are six top tips to consider: 1. Source locally. Pollinators do best with plants native to your area. An added bonus: These plants tend to be drought resistant, which helps to create…

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navigating nativars

Shopping for native plants can be confusing. A growing majority of the plants you find in nurseries are cultivars of native species, often referred to as “nativars.” Plant breeders select plants for a variety of characteristics, like interesting leaf traits or flower size and shape, but some of these changes may mean that a plant won’t support pollinators well. When you’re buying plants, choose cultivars that have retained the characteristics that make them attractive to pollinators: flower shape, easy-to-access nectaries and original leaf and petal colors. For example, the ‘Double Stuff’ Solomon’s seal flowers (above) are the same as the species, so insects can access the pollen just as easily in either the cultivar or the species. But if in doubt, you can’t go wrong by going native. To discover more…

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blooms for the seasons

Pollinators tend to take the winter off, retreating to their hives or migrating to warmer climes. But in North America, we can enjoy three seasons of butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds, if we plan it right. Start with these suggestions. spring Early in the year, pollen and nectar are hard to come by. Fuel spring’s pollinators with plants like wild columbine (shown), woodland phlox and bee balm. summer Pollinators appreciate plants that thrive in the heat of summer. Look to options like coneflower (shown), calendula and marigold. autumn By fall, many plants have lost their blooms, but a few key specimens will support pollinators late in the season and keep your garden looking fresh. Try plants like aster (shown), goldenrod and sunflowers. Adobe ©Richard & Susan Day/Danita Delimont; Jack Coyier/©Garden Gate magazine (2)…