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Popular Design Elements Found in Log Homes

Every year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) releases a series of studies about the how homes being built today are designed. By polling over 500 prominent architecture firms, these surveys provide a great insight into the features that American homebuyers are interested in. The survey from Q3 2016 was about community design, and reveals interesting preferences in home design that have great overlap with log homes. 

Wonderful Kitchens In Every Style

All too often, the popular imagination of a log home means a home of one style. This style is typically presented as being traditional to downright rustic. Of course, log homes can come in many different styles, as we have featured here on the blog. Today, we’d like to again highlight the true diversity of log home styles by focusing on our favorite kitchens in several different styles.

Spring Cleaning for the Log Garage

It's not spring yet, but this time of year, many of us start to get anxious and can't wait for the weather to turn mild. For many of us, when spring rolls around we feel the time is right to organize and clean the home. Yet for a great deal of us, the interior of the home may not be the best place for our attention to be focused. According to a study by Gladiator, a company that sells garage organization solutions, 92 percent of homeowners describe their home as very or somewhat organized. In contrast, 74 percent of us wish the garage was better organized.

Planning a Log Home: The Conclusion

Sixteen months ago, we presented you a series on the steps that went into planning a small log cabin in Vermont. Posts chronicled the initial program (read post) that defined the early planning stages and the evolution of the design (read post) from concept to final plan. We had always planned to show you images of the finished cabin, but could not take pictures before the winter set in. This fall we were able to have photographs taken of the cabin, so let’s take a look!

Saltbox Log Homes

Previously on this blog, we’ve discussed the defining features of log home styles such as ranches, farmhouses, lodges and chalets. These styles all rank among the most common log home styles across the country and world. Today, we will consider the saltbox style. This style, named for its resemblance to an old style of box in which salt was kept, is very common in New England for timber frame buildings yet relatively rare for log homes.

Gambrel Roof Log Homes

Most log homes, as well as conventional homes in the United States, are built with a gabled roof. While the gable roof is simple, it does have a number of drawbacks like a lack of usable space under the roof. In contrast, the gambrel roof is a unique style of roof that addresses many of the issues with gable roofs.

Bringing Curves to the Log Home

In buildings, rectilinear designs are by far the most common. This is primarily due to costs, since it is much cheaper to build a straight feature than a curved one. However, curved features are nice to have since they can be very visually pleasing. But how do you incorporate curved features into a log home, which is built from straight timbers? We feel that this Hinesburg, VT Real Log home offers many great examples of how to use curved design elements in the log home.

Home Decorating Rules to Break

Home decorating, like any endeavor that has a long history, has a number of “rules” that have developed throughout the ages. Some of these rules, like arranging furniture in order to maintain a good traffic flow in the home, are as good advice now as they have been forever. Some of these rules, however, merely reflect trends that were once in style but are no longer necessarily desirable. Here is our list of some of the top “rules” of decorating that were meant to be broken.

Real Log Style Comes Home

This will be the last week for the Real Log Style blog at But don’t worry, dear readers, for the blog isn’t going away but merely moving to a new location! In two weeks, after a week off for the holidays, the blog will resume directly on Real Log Homes’ website. This is a part of a large update to the Real Log Homes site which just went live. With the new site come plenty of great new features. Here are a few of the biggest improvements.

Design Tips for a Comfortable Home

In winter, it seems that comfort is the theme of the season. Comfort food is the dish of the day, and we gravitate to comfortable clothes. So, it’s only natural that this time of year gets us thinking about what makes a comfortable house. Many people think that furniture is the biggest factor that determines whether a home is comfortable. While that does help, there are many aspects to a home’s design that influence how comfortable it feels. Here are a few of the most important factors that go into a comfortable house.


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