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Sep 07 2010

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What you Should Know about Log Home Floor Plans

025L-0013 Log Home PlanModern day log home floor plans have come a long way since their primitive log cabin cousins once dotted the American frontier. Today, many home owners dream of having their very own log home. For some, the rustic styling and architecture is appealing. For others, log homes are more environmentally friendly than those made of manufactured materials. Still others have their own unique reasons for wanting to build a log house. If you are considering building a log home, take some time to review these thoughts covering a broad range of topics from energy efficiency to décor. Then, browse The House Plan Shop’s extensive collection of floor plans ranging from log cabin floor plans to robust dream log homes. 

 

·         Today’s log homes are generally comfortable and spacious, sometimes elegant. Those of the 1800s reflected the hardships of life on the North American frontier.

·         Log homes are built with natural materials including logs and stone that allow the home to blend seamlessly with nature and the surrounding landscape.

·         Log house plans encourage the enjoyment of nature and often incorporate decks, screened porches and large windows for taking in the sights and sounds of nature.

·         They are typically built on wooded lots and properties with natural views.

·         Log homes are often built to enjoy surrounding natural beauty, so skip the window treatments and let nature spill inside. If you absolutely must have window coverings, consider built-in blinds and simple cornices that will not detract from or block stunning views.

·         Consider energy costs before purchasing a floor plan. Choosing a log home plan with fewer intricate or special design features, such as two-story ceilings, will reduce energy costs.

·         Log home designs with a simple roofline and few corners and angles will reduce material and construction costs.

·         Log home floor plans with smaller square footages and efficiently divided rooms are more economical to build.

·         Log homes require regular maintenance to protect the logs and ensure structural integrity.

·         Natural décor and furnishings enhance the rustic living experience of a log home such as wood furnishings and log furniture, antler chandeliers, stone fireplaces, wood flooring and woven rugs.

·         Accent your furniture with various textures such as a leather pillow, a cedar chest or wool throw blanket.

·         Natural decorating themes are common in log homes such as wildlife, pinecones and water.

·         These homes offer all the modern day amenities of traditional houses from walk-in closets and gourmet kitchens to private master baths.

·         Log home plans offer a distinguished look far from the cookie-cutter homes predominant in most neighborhoods.

·         Log house are mighty, sturdy and enduring – timeless when compared to today’s trendy building and decorating fads.

·         If you’re not quite sure if a log home is for you, consider staying in a vacation rental for a couple of nights such as a long weekend to experience what it is like to live in a log house.

 

Taking time to consider various aspects of log house plans and log home living will help you decide of what size and style log home will be right for you.

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Sep 03 2010

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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Returns to Nashville

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The popular TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is returning to Nashville. A pep rally was held today for area residents kicking off the construction of two new homes for local families. The rumor is, the homes will be built for families who lost everything they had in the recent floods in Tennessee. This is a great way for area residents and volunteers to help their neighbors and support one another during a difficult time. And an added bonus….the possibility of one of country music’s hottest dropping by to pitch in or entertain the volunteers.

 

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Sep 01 2010

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist – The House Plan Shop

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Smoke AlarmSchool is back in session and it won’t be long before those first crisp days of autumn arrive. Now is the time to do a little home maintenance and get a jump start on preparing your home for winter. Take some time to check these annual chores off your list helping you keep your home in tip-top shape. Furthermore, if you accomplish these tasks sooner rather than later, you’ll have more time to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and other autumn activities like football games and chili cookouts with friends instead of worrying about taking care of details at home. This fall maintenance checklist will get you started:

 

·         Check all window and door locks for proper operation. If all locks are working properly they will help deter potential criminals from breaking in your home. All exterior doors should have deadbolt locks. If they do not, consider installing them.

·         Check your home for water leaks and prevent future leaks. Clear and remove debris such as sticks and leaves from gutters and downspouts. If you notice water stains on the ceiling, inspect your roof for cracked, curling or broken roof shingles and replace or fix them. Check the roof valleys, flashing, vents and chimney flues for leaks and make repairs.

·         Make an appointment with a heating professional to service your furnace. Replace the furnace filter. Also hire a certified chimney sweep to inspect chimneys, flues and dampers for fireplaces and woodstoves. Clear all pipes of soot and creosote.

·         Make sure stairways are safe. Install nightlights (or replace bulbs) at the top and bottom of each stair case. Resurface stair treads covered with tile, wood or concrete with no-slip treads. Clear the stairways. Nothing should be stored on the stairs. Create a clear walking path. Inspect handrails to make sure they are sturdy and anchored properly.

·         Inspect smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Make sure both of these life savers are in proper working order. Replace batteries in battery operated alarms. Dust and test them.

·         Prepare your home for winter. Protect you pipes to prevent freezing with the temperature drops. Inspect, repair/replace window and door seals including caulking to prevent heating loss throughout the winter months.

 

With a little effort, The House Plan Shop is certain you will have this fall maintenance check list done in no time.

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