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Hosting a Low Stress Log Home Thanksgiving

November is here, and that means the Thanksgiving holiday is only three and a half weeks away. While many of us plan ahead for a holiday gathering, even with careful planning hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be a stressful affair. Gratefully, the open layout and rustic charm of a log home can go a long way towards ensuring a great holiday party. In order to keep the entire day low stress, here are a few tips when planning the festivities.

Choosing Your Log Wood Species

We have talked at length about log profiles, wood floor choices, and even which wood species makes the best firewood, but have not addressed choosing a wood species for your log home. If you have your heart set on a particular species of wood, then we are happy to work with you to make your request work. However, our standard wood species are eastern white pine and western red cedar, and most of our clients choose one of these two species. Here are some of the advantages that make these two species our most popular.

LEDs: Energy Efficient Log Home Lighting

In the past, we have used several posts on this blog to discuss the energy efficiency of log homes and how thermal mass helps moderate temperatures and maintain comfort. While an energy efficient thermal envelope is a very important for a house, lighting represents a large part of your home’s energy consumption. In most homes, twenty to fifty percent of all electricity consumption is due to lighting. Although incandescent lights are cheap and provide a light quality that many find pleasing, they are notoriously inefficient as light sources. Here, we’ll talk about how light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are quickly becoming the preferred light source for the log home.

Real Log’s Liberty and Voyager Cabins

Last week, we discussed the Cavendish, our largest cabin. At 1136 square feet it is the size of a small house, perfect for long stays and sleeping up to seven people. If you’re looking for a woods retreat for two or a small family, however, then a more modest cabin may be in order. The Liberty is our smallest cabin at 432 square feet, while the Voyager is a bit larger at 552 square feet. Even though both plans are less than half the size of the Cavendish, they offer plenty of amenities for small groups.

How Much Room Do Large Items Need? Planning Your Log Home Space

Back in July, we wrote about the sizes of various rooms were in the average home. While it can help to know, for instance, that the average master bedroom in a house built today is 309 square feet, it is still hard to visualize how a large bed will fit in this space. Although many furnishings like chairs and couches can be purchased to be the right size for a room, some large items need a certain dedicated amount of space. Here are some large items frequently found within the home and how much space you need to accommodate them.

A Grand Cabin: The Cavendish

In previous years, we have had articles featuring our Real Log Cabins. Usually, we post these features in the fall, since there is something about the fall that evokes thoughts of cabins. Whether it is a hunting lodge or a ski lodge in winter, a Real Log Cabin may be just what you are looking for. Today’s featured model, the Cavendish, is a large cabin at 1136 square feet. This makes it ideal for long stays with a large group of people.

Ceiling Selection for the Log Home

When designing a stick-built home, the ceiling is often an afterthought. Since we do not often focus our attention on the ceiling it is easy to ignore, but ceiling design can greatly influence the feel of a room. This is an issue which is especially important to consider in a log home. While wood ceilings may seem like a logical extension to a log home’s character, drywall ceilings can help make a space feel more homey. Here is a guide for designing ceilings to work best with your log home’s design.  So let’s keep looking up.

Thinking Outside the Box: The Perry Lake Floor Plan

Most homes have a simple outline, most often based off a rectangle or cross shape. These shapes are usually chosen for economic reasons, since a rectangle uses less material than other shapes, or for space considerations to fit within a small, rectangular lot. However, if your budget and lot allow you to, choosing a less regular shape for your home’s outline can allow for interesting design choices. The Perry Lake is one design that uses its non-rectangular shape to great advantage. With three bedrooms among its 2156 square feet, the Perry Lake combines a manageable size with unique layout.

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