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Log Home Enthusiast - The Log Home Enthusiast Newsletter presents useful articles and information for the log house lover.

Log home building, owning and living in a log house is the dream of many, and it's easy to understand why. Log houses are beautiful. The logs are the centerpiece of the home. Done correctly, a home built of logs is long-lasting, strong, energy efficient and quiet. Building and living with logs is a reminder of a lifestyle that was common many generations ago.

If you will be designing and building a log home, will you do it yourself or will you hire a professional to help?

For most people, hiring an architectural design professional is a good idea, someone who is trained and experienced with this special kind of construction. An architectural design professional can be a tremendous help when you are designing and building your log home.

Do NOT hire someone who has never done a home built with logs before. There's too much to know to have your professional be a beginner on your project.

Creating home plans & designs begins with the site plan, details on what you'll need in your home and your notes, articles and pictures you've accumulated. Get several log home magazines and read as much as you'd like about creating your dream log home.

You can contact some of the national builders and obtain a log cabin home sales kit.

Don't forget to have a good idea of what your budget will be - this part of the home building process will influence many decisions as you proceed. And remember, homes tend to cost more than intended, in other words, work hard to establish and stay on your budget.

Use the information on this page and website to learn more about the various steps in creating your home plans & designs. Doing so will take time, but it's a fun and rewarding process. Many folks take years to collect ideas and organize their scrapbook to use when they get started on the actual design. Good luck!

Books about log building...

Log Construction Manual: Guide to Building Handcrafted Homes by Robert Wood Chambers

A step-by-step guide for anyone planning to build a log home. Chambers draws upon his many years of experience and expertise to give a usable manual of instruction that will enable you to successfully design and build your own log home.

Photos and diagrams add to the detailed instructions for all points of the building process including how to scribe-fit naturally shaped round logs tightly so that they look as if they grew together in the forest.

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Considerations for log home interior design.

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12 country decorating ideas for your home.

Traditional American style decor.

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