Log and Timber Home Living

Log and Timber Home Living November/December 2019

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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snow days

Once upon a lifetime, the first blanket of snow would trigger a flood of excitement within my childhood soul. Shouts of “Sledding!” “Snowball fight!!” and, best of all, “No school!!!” would ring down my parents’ hallway and out the door to join similar sentiments of kids within the meteorologist’s viewing area. Then, tragedy struck: I grew up. Suddenly a heavy dose of the white stuff no longer signaled carefree fun. It meant shoveling, traffic hassles and more shoveling, followed by backaches, curse words and even more shoveling. Though winter has become my least favorite time of year, I’ve never fully lost the rush of spying the first flakes of the season. In particular, there are few things quite as enchanting as a fresh glaze of ivory icing atop the roof of a…

online resources

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the place to be

With Hochstetler you don’t have to choose between quality and price - you get both. We’ve been in business since 1986, guided by a single commitment - to provide the finest quality log homes for a fair and honest price. We call it value, our customers call it more bang for their buck. Quality Processing Quality begins with the careful selection of suitable trees and continues with the meticulous grading and drying process. Using our state-of-the-art Yates planer and SII dry kilns our craftsmen produce the highest quality timbers in the industry. It’s your assurance of precision-milled, strong, stable logs and the resultant piece of mind. Quality Design Although quality is most evident in the logs and timbers we select it is stressed in every aspect of our operation. For instance, we have experienced designers…

mine, all mine

Albert Barrass: I was born and raised in a log home, and I went to school in a log building, I guess that’s where it comes from. I sawed all the lumber — big ol’ virgin spruce — and made everything that went in the house, myself. The hardest part was splitting all the shakes and putting the roof on. There are over 3,000 shakes on the house! My knees still ache when I look at that roof. My favorite part of my home is the temperature. It stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The difference is only about five degrees all year. The big logs make for better insulation. I got a boiler off of an old steam tractor and I used that to heat the…

great read!

Modern log homes are much more than simply trees that were felled, cut and scribed to make a house. The vast majority of today’s log abodes also feature reclaimed wood either as accents, truss-systems or even the complete structure. The combination of salvaged timbers with freshly sawn logs can take a residence from new construction to family heirloom in a heartbeat. Though many buyers know they want the vintage-wood look, most don’t realize how many options actually exist or how to recognize what they are when they see them. From time-worn railroad trellises to repurposed mushroom board — even recycled bowling alley planks — how do you explain to your builder precisely the sort of reclaimed wood you want if you don’t know how to reference it? Reclaimed Wood: A Field Guide,…

5 tips to keep out the cold

1 Give Your Home an Air-Lock Entry. There’s a reason why most big-box building supply stores and shopping malls are designed with a transition vestibule — it keeps the conditioned air in and the external air out. You can design your home with the same sort of money-saving feature. In an air-lock entry (sometimes called a closed foyer), the dual-door system isolates and contains the cold air every time the door is opened, so your HVAC system doesn’t have to compensate for frequent frosty intrusions. 2 Install Radiant Barriers. Like conventional roof insulation, radiant barriers reduce heat transfer, but unlike batt or loose-fill insulation, which are designed to trap the heat, radiant barriers prohibit the warm air from entering or escaping the house in the first place. In the winter, this means that,…