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Log and Timber Home Living

Log and Timber Home Living May 2020

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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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United States
Active Interest Media
8 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
dream vs. reality

What you are about to read is not what I had originally planned to write. In thinking about my message to our readers for this, our “Dream Design Issue” of Log & Timber Home Living, I intended to share my thoughts on the three out-of-this-world home tours we are sharing with you. I’d planned to discuss how I fully realize that these homes are large and, yes, extravagant, but that we were showcasing them because each one represents the fulfillment of a dream. One is the third renovation of a log house formerly owned by a fashion icon. Another home started as a small cabin and, through years of hard work, expansive additions and a bit of practicality, ultimately became a touching tribute to Native American culture. And the third is…

1 min.
nature inspired decor

For more all-natural decor ideas, log on to…

4 min.
window of opportunity

Over the past decade, the efficiency level of windows that building codes require for residential construction has substantially increased. This is important for buyers to understand because windows produced today have to meet government-backed Energy Star-rated standards, which can reduce energy consumption and increase potential long-term cost savings. This also creates an opportunity for more window-design creativity in modern log and timber homes. The reason many dwellings of the past didn’t have a lot of windows incorporated into the design wasn’t that the residents didn’t want them — it’s because the windows, themselves, were so energy inefficient, larger or more frequent openings resulted in unwelcome heat transfer or air infiltration. By contrast, today’s high-performance, energy-efficient windows let you usher more natural light into a home without degrading its energy performance. This,…

1 min.
smart shopping

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 30 percent of a home’s heating and cooling energy use is due to heat gain/loss through windows. So how can you beat the odds? The DOE offers these smart window-selection guidelines: Look for ENERGY STAR and NFRC labels. In colder climates, consider selecting gas-filled windows with low-E coatings to reduce heat loss. In warmer climates, select windows with coatings that reduce heat gain. In colder climates, choose a low U-factor for better thermal resistance. The U-factor is the rate at which a window conducts non-solar heat flow. In warmer climates, look for a low solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC). SHGC is a measure of solar radiation admitted through a window. In temperate climates with both hot and cold seasons, select windows…

3 min.
spring into action

Veggie Jump Start If you just can’t wait for the delicious bounty of homegrown produce, here are four coldtemp-tolerant vegetables you can plant early in the season. Snow Peas. These sweet greens can be planted as early as you can work the soil. Sow the seeds directly into the garden four to six weeks before the last expected frost. Lettuce. There are myriad varieties to choose from, each boasting its own fresh taste and texture. No matter which type you choose, you can sow seeds directly into the soil eight weeks before the final frost. To boost your crops, continue planting seeds every two weeks until summer arrives. Kale. Good for everything from salads to smoothies, kale seeds can be planted as soon as the ground temperature reaches 40 degrees and should produce edible…

1 min.
watch roots grow!

It’s exciting to start seeds indoors at the beginning of the gardening season. Keep an eye on your seedlings’ progress with this easy swap: Instead of growing seeds in black plastic trays, peat liners or other opaque items, use clear plastic drinking cups (be sure to add a drainage hole to the bottom). You’ll be able to watch the root systems develop, which will help you know when they’re established and ready to be planted outdoors. For more great gardening tips and landscape ideas, check out our sister publication, Garden Gate, at…