Log and Timber Home Living

Log and Timber Home Living January/February 2020

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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do good, choose wood

dpeak@aimmedia.com Every year, the builders, suppliers and producers of many of the exceptional homes we feature in each issue of Log Home Living gather at the National Association of Home Builders’ Building Systems Summit to discuss the current state of the industry, as well as where it’s headed. I always learn a lot at these meetings, but this year, something truly remarkable came to light. It would seem that designers and structural engineers — even environmental activists — are praising the benefits of “mass timber” construction. Purported to be superior to steel, mass timbers are large posts and beams comprised of layer upon layer of wood that’s laminated together for exceptional strength. Combined, they mimic the attributes full-log construction, but they have the capability to do it on a much larger scale…

online resources

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log strong

Take the full tour of this log cottage in our March 2020 issue! Photo by James Ray Spahn; Home by Apex Mountain Homes. Photo by GBH Photography; Home by Real Log Homes;…

almost heaven

Mark Mygrant: My home is a 200-year-old cabin built in the 1820s in the Allegheny Mountains just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2006, a previous owner had it moved and reassembled to Center Hill Lake in Tennessee. The view when you walk in the door is breathtaking. There’s an 8-by-15-_oot window in the center of the cabin that overlooks the lake. It also has an amazing deck with rocking chairs built by local craftsman — the perfect place to watch the seasons change. The appliances were modernized, but the decor — from the furniture to the dishes — we kept rustic. We added a dining room, which has a hand-carved American-elm table and benches that seat 16. The original logs, dense American white oak, are in great shape, but a log restoration specialist…

5 tips to generate cleaner indoor air

1 Spot ventilation. Local or “spot” ventilation helps reduce the amount of pollutants released and prevents their movement to the rest of your house. While you may not realize it, cooking emissions can be mildly toxic. A range hood directs steam and vapors outside your home. 2 Air-to-air heat exchanger. An air-to-air heat exchanger (also called a heat recovery ventilator or HRV) mechanically ventilates and dehumidifies homes in colder climates. During the winter it transfers heat from the air being exhausted to the fresh outside air entering a home. Air-to-air heat exchangers can be installed as part of a central heating-and-cooling system or in walls or windows. Wall- and window-mounted units resemble air conditioners and will ventilate one room or area. 3 Conventional or mechanical furnace filters. These filters are coated with a viscous substance…

the secrets to growing strong trees

With a log home, you’ve likely discovered that thoughtful, regular maintenance is a must to protect it from weather and pests and keep your house looking its best. The same goes for the living trees surrounding it. Many times, it’s easy to think that the forest will “take care of itself,” and that’s true up to a point. But all it takes is one ferocious windstorm to realize how much you should have been doing to prevent damage. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ensure the trees surrounding your log home are strong and healthy (and will look beautiful, too). Plant strategically When you plant new trees, be sure to keep their overall shape and height in mind. Regardless of species, plant them about 20 to 40 feet from the…