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Log and Timber Home Living

Log and Timber Home Living October/November 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.
go for the burn

It’s nearly impossible to find a log or timber home without a fireplace. A custom wood home and some sort of fire feature are practically synonymous — even in warm-weather climes, like Florida and Texas. Great room, dining room; indoors, outdoors; rugged, refined; wood-burning, gas — your options are many. This issue showcases the variety of ways you can feature fire’s mesmerizing beauty into your log and timber home plans — and in more ways than just your hearth. We begin with our resident builder Dan Mitchell’s honest and surprising take on masonry wood-burning fireplaces (hint: they’re gorgeous, but there may be more cons than pros). From there, we explore ideal fireplace design ideas for log and timber houses, followed by a glowing roundup of the hottest high-tech, wood-burning alternatives on…

1 min.
brand new brights

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2 min.
let there be lighting

Even in the peak of summer when the days are much longer, there can be a sense of “losing the landscape” when night falls. After all, many log and timber homes are built in areas without street lamps or even rural dusk-to-dawn light poles. While this lack of light pollution makes for a magical stargazing setting, creating evening ambiance around your property can showcase a lush lawn or garden in a whole new way. Plus, you can boost your safety in the process. Keep these seven key ideals in mind: 1 Be gentle. Incorporate soft touches of light instead of harsh floodlights or an overabundance of lit areas. That means assessing the best features of your landscape and installing lighting that emphasizes those areas. Be strategic, and choose the plants that look…

3 min.
burning desire

An open, wood-burning fireplace is steeped in nostalgia. The ambiance that a massive hearth and roaring fire produces in a log or timber home takes us back to another, simpler era. But actually owning one of these beauties is not what it seems. I liken it to having a Model-T Ford. It was once the most popular form of transportation — cutting edge for its day. But cars have come a long way in terms of safety, fuel economy, functionality and upkeep. So while the Model-T is cool to own (if you have the discretionary funds) and may be fun to take for a spin every now and then, it’s not something you want to drive and maintain regularly. Masonry wood-burning fireplaces are much the same — an antique — and…

1 min.
pros & cons of a masonry wood-burning fireplace

pro Flexibility when it comes to size, including the dimensions of the firebox opening con Cost — A masonry fireplace will almost always cost more (often 3x more than prefabricated models) in materials, construction and foundation reinforcement pro Unlimited design and material options con Interior heat loss through the firebox/flue/chimney; not the most efficient heat source pro Nostalgic choice for log and timber homes (lodge look) con Chopping/buying, storing and fetching firewood pro The aroma and ambiance of a wood fire con Maintenance — Annual checks for creosote, regular chimney cleaning and ash removal after every fire burned…

4 min.
the road show

You’ve likely spent months walking your building site, finalizing your floor plan and analyzing window placement to make the most of the views from the inside. But have you considered the outward appearance of your home? Curb appeal is like the cover of a book; it sets the tone and the expectations of what’s inside. There are expensive and inexpensive ways to create curb appeal with log and timber elements, architects and designers say. We explore four of their top tips to creating a lasting impression. 1 The Essential Front Entrance “It all starts with the front porch and the front door,” declares Remington Brown, design manager at StoneMill Log & Timber Homes who has 15 years’ experience designing houses and commercial structures. “The goal is to make the home look cozy and…