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Log and Timber Home Living

Log and Timber Home Living

January/February 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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8 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
life’s little lessons

Small houses are a tricky business. When space and budget are not a factor, it’s easy to include every conceivable bell and whistle into a home’s design. But to make a small-scale floor plan feel every bit as comfortable and satisfying as its upsized counterparts requires extra ingenuity and vision. Every space has to be thoughtfully planned or the home won’t be snug; it will be frustrating and disappointing. There’s little room for error. Fortunately, log and timber homes have the cozy factor baked right in, which gives you a head start as you plan a cabin, cottage or a petite full-time residence. But all that exquisite exposed wood is just the beginning. To achieve long-term small-home happiness, you also need a practical floor plan that functions well within its footprint.…

1 min.
earn your stripes

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

5 min.
built-in savings

As a builder, I’m not just a guy that assembles houses; I’m also an advisor. The first thing I make sure my clients understand is that a full-scale, custom log or timber home will cost more than a conventional stick-framed house. It’s simply the reality. This is largely due to the quality of the materials and craftsmanship that go into log and timber homes. Plus, the more remote your location, the more infrastructure essentials (like access roads, foundation, electricity, water, etc.) can drive up costs — fees that are not negotiable or within your control. But don’t panic. After those hard costs are covered, there are many tactics you can take to keep your budget in check and get the log or timber home you’ve been longing for. In my experience,…

3 min.
winter’s splendor

Winter is a time of necessary dormancy, when plants and trees concentrate on nourishing their roots and getting cozy for the winter (a seasonal routine for people, too). But that doesn’t mean your landscape has to look bleak until spring. Whether your log or timber home will be shrouded in a blanket of snow or enjoy a more temperate clime in the wintertime, we have a few ideas for making the most of nature’s off-season. 1 Incorporate a bird feeding area. Science has shown that birdwatching is good for your mental health. This time of year, when there’s not a lot of lush greenery to draw your gaze, our feathered friends stand out a little more. Spacing bird feeders throughout a property will help keep them fed as food is harder…

3 min.
designing for a narrow lot

Buildable land is at a premium. As costs increase in desirable locations, such as golf resorts, lakes and mountain towns, single-family home density increases, causing lot widths to decrease. Even rural areas can be prone to thinner, tapered lots due to the topography of the location. “Around our area, we see narrow lots frequently,” says Remington Brown, design manager at StoneMill Log & Timber Homes in Knoxville, Tennessee. “Typically they are lake or mountainside lots.” While a narrow lot can save on land costs, it can be challenging to situate a home’s footprint on it. Fortunately, log and timber home designers have proven strategies to make the most of slender sites. “A few common design issues include parking and/or garage placement, privacy, ample daylighting and outdoor living areas,” according to Matt Franklin, lead…

2 min.
elements that have a major impact on costs

Don Downs, southeast regional project manager at Woodhouse: The Timber Frame Company in Mansfield, Pennsylvania, and a classically trained handcrafter with 30 years of construction experience, says that at home shows, their booth displays large photos of two similarly sized kitchens. “One kitchen cost $19,000, the other, $90,000,” Don recalls. “Custom cabinetry, high-end appliances and granite countertops can take a large bite out of your budget.” It’s fairly common knowledge that the kitchen is the most expensive space in a new home, followed by baths. But other areas can dramatically affect costs as well. A steep and complicated roof system, with multiple hips and valleys, is architecturally pleasing and can add curb appeal, but it’s also pricey. A full masonry fireplace can top $100k in costs, which is why they’re so rarely…