Sweet Musings: "You can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar."
Is heating a log home different from a conventional home?
The thermal mass of the logs is a benefit. In the winter, the fireplace is our only heat source on the top two levels and it would heat the logs up and keep it warm for quite a while afterwards. In the summer the logs have kept the house cool for almost all day. Just closing the windows before it gets hot keeps it nice inside.
Do you have any tips for designing a log home?
- I've always enjoyed re-purposing things and making my own decorations. I love the farmhouse style, vintage, lace, earthy tones. I'm still in the process of experimenting. Looking forward to this Fall for decorating, bringing in a saddle to put above the bathroom. My love for horses has definitely influenced my decorating style as well.
- I think looking at what you want, even using Pinterest for ideas, is a great way to start. I'd use it to show Nelson an idea to see if he liked it, or not.
- Having a lot of windows is also a great idea, to let in plenty of natural light.
- I love the variation of wood we used. I especially love the white/blue hues of the lodge pole.
- And the stain definitely matters. Some people use polyurethane (an oil based stain) which I think is awful. It leaves a horrible smell, and kind of takes away from the point of using natural resources. You're contaminating your natural log home with chemicals! We used Symphony, a Sashco product that we really like.
- When you start with your floorplan, asking yourself what you are looking for, what your needs are, and then incorporate your budget. It's also helpful to look at show homes (like this one!) so you can get an idea of space and how big you'll want your kitchen, etc. *Sarah & Nelson's home is a model log home and can be viewed by appointment.
- Something we love about the fireplace is it's a centerpiece of warmth and community, bringing people together.
Old Time Remedies: "To prevent lamp smoking, soak the wick of your oil lamp in strong vinegar and dry it well before lighting."
I would have made the living room bigger....gone four feet out. If I were advising someone with this specific floor plan, considering the cost, it would have been worth it to go bigger. Of course not everyone has as much company as we do! Which we love!
Last night we had 6 couples here, and kids....all the women were in the kitchen, and the men here in the living room, and it was loud and great and we were all together.
The kitchen is the heart of the home. If we built again, we'd probably have more children and we decided the kitchen would have to be bigger!
Just For Fun! Pioneer Recipe
One cup sugar, one cup milk,
Two eggs beaten fine as silk
Salt and nutmeg, lemon will do,
Of baking powders teaspoons two.
Gently stir the flour in,
Roll on pie board not too thin.
Cut in diamonds, twists or rings,
Drop with care the doughy things.
Into fat that swiftly swells,
Evenly the spongy cells.
Watch with care, the fire for turning,
Fry them brown, just short of burning.
Roll in sugar, serve when cool,
This a never failing rule.
by Mrs. Donald Stronsnider, Log Cabin Cooking
More Musings: "He who sows hurry, reaps indigestion." --Robert Louis Stevenson