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Log and Timber Home Living

Log and Timber Home Living June 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.
of a single mind

Growing up just outside of Pittsburgh in the 1970s, single-level houses were as ubiquitous as steel mills, Heinz ketchup and watching the Steelers on Sundays. They were everywhere. My childhood home was no different. It was a split-entry: Walk through the front door and you had two choices, go down six stairs to the basement or up six stairs to the actual residence, comprised of a living/dining room, a kitchen, three bedrooms and one bath all lining a central hallway. Very few people we knew lived in multi-level homes, where the bedrooms were located upstairs and the living area was by itself on the “main” floor. Those houses belonged to “fancy” people. The rest of us made out just fine with one level. In fact, my parents still live in the…

1 min.
spice up your decor

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4 min.
staying current

If you think about it, today’s log or timber home’s energy needs are actually a two-way street. There’s the consumption portion, which is obviously a product of living in the house; but there is also the ability to produce our own energy, if you plan for what you’ll need now and in the future. Technology changes at a rapid pace. There have been many advances in solar collection, wind-energy production and battery capacity and storage, and we are going to see more and more houses incorporate systems to take advantage of these benefits. But predicting what your needs will be — let alone what you will need to accommodate them — can be tough. Solar energy collection and distribution is the lowest hanging fruit you can pluck to satisfy your log or…

2 min.
rock out your yard

When it comes to a natural complement to log and timber homes, stone tops the list. Just think of how dramatic, gorgeous and perfectly suited a rock fireplace is inside a log or timber home great room. That same feeling of balance and woodsy charm can be applied to your landscaping. Looks aside, an even bigger benefit to stone is that there’s next to no maintenance once you’ve placed it. To make the most out of your choices, consider these tips from Ben Bowen of Ross NW Watergardens in Portland, Oregon: Keep it natural. Ben says that using elements like boulders and other stone can be a boon for any landscape, as long as you allow it to feel organic. “Take a look at boulders in a natural setting,” he says.…

3 min.
ranch dressing

See this house’s floor plan on page 20 [letter U] Ranch-style homes can trace their roots to Spanish Colonial architecture in the American Southwest. These singlestory residences featured low rooflines with wide eaves to help shield their occupants from the scorching sun and blistering heat. The style made so much sense, it quickly caught on from coast to coast. Various regions had their own interpretations of the “ranch,” some borrowing from the Arts and Crafts movement, others from Japanese influences. At the turn of the 20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Midwestern “Prairie School” style emerged, marked by strong, organic profiles, low-pitched roofs and windows grouped in horizontal bands with broad overhanging eaves. But it wasn’t until the early 1950s, just after WWII, that ranch designs hit their stride, with nine out of…

1 min.
design tips for aging in place

1 Limit Steps. Avoid steps from the garage to the mudroom with a ramp or have the garage floor even with the threshold. Decks should be comprised of non-slip materials. 2 Improve Convenience. Kitchen cabinets should have pull-out shelves. Specify an eating counter that’s at chair height (29 to 30 inches), instead of bar stool height. Dishwashers can be raised up by a foot or more, which will be more gentle to your back. All door handles should be levers, which are easier to operate than knobs. 3 Increase Lighting. This can include more windows for natural daylight, as well as more lighting fixtures, since sight deteriorates as we age. Electrical outlets can be raised and light-switch placement lowered for better access. 4 Add Automation. Sensors and timers can monitor house systems to…