Dreaming about log homes? Planning to build? Or are you just looking for some decorating ideas to create your perfect rustic home decor? Log cabin living captures the warmth and coziness of times gone by.
And the warmth of wood helps to make a house a home.
Indeed, living in a cabin or lodge can connect you to simpler times and an uncomplicated lifestyle.
We’re Steve and Linda Brinser, and this is Skipper, our miniature schnauzer.
In addition to appreciating the old world artistry of a beautiful timber frame structure, we also love the warmth of wood and the hominess of a cozy log cabin.
And, as experienced owner-builders of different styles of homes, our home-building experiences have taught us a great deal about:
- Perfecting house plans
- Choosing home packages
- The home building process
- Working with contractors
- Energy saving products
- Money saving ideas
- Building different types of homes
We’d like to share our experiences with you, so that you will be able to build and enjoy the home of your dreams.
You CAN avoid the mistakes that most home owners make, whether you hire a builder, act as your own owner-builder, or do it yourself.
Green Living and Energy Efficiency
One of the homes that we built, shown below, is a hybrid timber frame. The exterior walls and the roof are SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels), and it has a no/low maintenance exterior.
And our home was VERY green! The structural insulated panels made the house warm and cozy, without adding materials or chemicals that make sensitive people sick!
We chose to use vinyl siding (yes we did say vinyl) that actually looks like weathered cedar shakes!
Our home is a good example of a green home, and it is ultra energy efficient! We’ll be sharing information on the features that we used to cut down on energy use, and those that make it a green home throughout the website.
Thinking about building a log or timber home?
Building a new home can be very stressful. Especially if you’ve never done it before!
Perhaps we can help.
We have built several homes for ourselves (general contractor) and have helped others with theirs.
There are some tricks to designing and building a log home, timber frame home, post and beam home or a structural insulated panel home.
Each kind of house is a little different in the way that you approach it, but no matter what you’d like to do, there probably is a way to get what you want!
As you go through the site, we’ll give you tips and pointers on how to do things right and how to save money.
And we’ve also included some decorating tips and ideas for rustic and country homes.
Of course we’d like to hear from you.
If you have any comments or would like to ask a specific question, please Contact Us.