MOUNTAIN HOME BLOG

How to Save Time and Money on Chinking

Posted on | Log Home Chinking |Mountain Home Building Products
More often than not, your log cabin will require chinking to seal the joints between your logs. A few cabin styles may not require chinking, but you may still choose to use it for aesthetic purposes. The look of chinking is reminiscent of the old-time cement used on log cabins during the Frontier era, and can make your cabin look rustic. Regardless of the reason behind ...
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How to Prep Your Log Home for Vacation Renters

Posted on | Log Homes |Mountain Home Building Products
If your log home doubles as a rental property for vacationers, there are ways to cozy up your cabin so visitors will be eager to return year after year — and leave you a great review. Charming decor, clean spaces and efficient planning can help your guests feel relaxed and comfortable throughout their stay. Whether your guests are staying for a full summer or a weekend...
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5 of the Oldest Log Cabins in America

Posted on | Log Homes |Mountain Home Building Products
It’s believed that the first log cabins in the United States were built nearly 400 years ago. Although the history of our nation is short, log cabins were there from the start. Today, log cabins have become more modern — functional and fashionable, instead of purely functional like their predecessors. Though our log cabins today have more amenities, it’s still fun to...
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What Is a Log Home Building System and Should I Use One?

Posted on | Log Homes |Mountain Home Building Products
Some of the most common questions we here are, “What is a log home building system?” and “Should I use one?” The answers aren’t very simple, as there are a lot of factors to consider. That’s why we’ve weighed strengths and weaknesses of a log home building system. What Is a Log Home Building System? A log home building system is an updated version of the traditional ...
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The Nitty-Gritty of a Mainstream Log Home Construction Schedule

Posted on | log homes |Josh Horner
You’ve decided to build your log home paradise - now what? The process can be daunting if you don’t know what to expect. The good news is that the log home process can be broken down into four relatively simple phases that will outline where you are in the building process and help you gauge your progress: a strong foundation, a well laid plan, great bones, and the fini...
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5 Log Cabin Types All Experts Must Know

Posted on | log homes |Josh Horner
So you’re the proud owner of a parcel of land out in the wilderness and you want to tame the wilds (all while proving your mettle as a builder) by putting a log cabin out there. But the question “how to build a log cabin” lingers in your mind. So what do you do? Buy an already built log home or start your own log home building project? Whether you intend to build it you...
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The Ultimate Mountain Cabin Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Buying or Building a Mountain Cabin

Posted on | log homes |Josh Horner
Have you always dreamed of owning a secluded log cabin of your very own? For people who love the mountains, a log cabin is a dream come true. You could either build a custom cabin of your own on undeveloped land, or purchase a cabin that someone else has previously owned. Here’s what you need to know about how to build a log cabin, as well as some information about buyi...
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Home Improvements that Increase Your Log Home's Value

Posted on | log homes |Leroy Walker
Owning a vacation home is a dream come true, and there’s an undeniable quaintness and romance to having your own rustic mountain cabin. Once you’ve finally achieved your goal of buying a cabin, it’s time to furnish and decorate it. But what if it needs some work? Doing some renovation and remodeling work for your winter cabin can add quite a bit of market value -- more,...
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Do I Need to Remove Snow from My Roof?

Posted on | log homes |Leroy Walker
“Do I really need to remove snow from my roof?”, you might wonder. Usually, the answer is yes. Snow and ice removal from the roof is an essential part of log home maintenance. If you neglect it, you could find yourself dealing with ice dams that build up and damage your roof from their weight. However, not all snow needs to be removed. Here are some of the factors that ...
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How Soon After Cleaning Can You Stain or Seal?

Posted on | Log Home Stain |Josh Horner
Cleaning and staining the wood of your log home, deck, or patio is as important as washing your car, your clothes, or your dog. Of course, you want to maintain its beauty, but at the same time, it's critical to remove dust, dirt, mildew, and other contaminants that can deteriorate the wood and lead to decay. Step One: Clean and Strip Before you seal or stain, you need t...
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Chinking and Energy Efficiency in Log Homes

Posted on | Log Home Chinking |Josh Horner
You've chosen that perfect spot in the mountains, and you're ready to build your dream home. If a log house is what you picture, keep in mind that energy efficiency is a great concern for those who own such homes. A plain log wall doesn't even meet building code energy standards most of the time. If you build well, however, you can have a log home that's both beautiful ...
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What To Do When Your Log Home Wasn't Backbrushed

Posted on | log homes |Josh Horner
When you buy a log home, you want it to last well into the future. If it wasn't back-brushed before you bought it, you might need to back-brush it yourself or hire a professional. Back-brushing refers to the process of applying a stain or sealant to your log home's exterior while ensuring that the material sinks into every crack, gap, or imperfection in the wood. This c...
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