Free Information Request

Free Information Request

Left Column Ads copy

Martin Turnbull

Martin Turnbull

 How to place Real Estate Ads for log homes,

cabins, land, farms or ranches on

 Contact us for any assistance... Click

Hello! has been on the Internet 25 years helping mills, builders, realtors and log home owners sell or purchase log homes and cabins.  Recently we added real estate listings for farms, ranches and undeveloped land.  Soon we will be adding Country Homes of all kinds for sale.  I am rebuilding adding new features. 

Automated credit card billing has been turned off for Security while remodeling  Save your ad all the way into the checkout area where you are asked for your credit card.  Then log out.  I will see the pending ad and approve it.  You will receive my email invoice for payment by check or on our new PayPal gateway.  


Update: Our PayPal payment gateway is under the Information Tab on This is a safe and secure method of Payment. You do not have to be a member of PayPal to make a credit card payment after you receive our invoice. No credit card information is stored on

There are three ad types offered.  All billing is quarterly except for specials and Top Banner Ads.

All Real Estate Ads are searchable in Log Homes For Sale and by State. 3-22-17.

We bill quarterly until the ad is about to expire, then we bill monthly.
The State Ad is $73.50 for 3 months. State ads are listed in their respective state and also rotate on the bottom of about 70% of the public pages.

 The  Rotating Feature Ad Combination State Ad is $171.00  for 3 months.   Feature ads rotate on the front page and all over the web site on published pages.

 Top banner Logo ads are $888.00 for 6 months or $1700.00 per year. These ads rotate on the top of every page on the web site.


Note: We only bill monthly when ads are due to expire or have less than 3 months to run.


Renewal Rates. The state ad is $24.50 per month, the feature ad is $57.00 per month, the Top Banner ad is $148 per month.


While the web site is being remodeled I am placing all ads.  Email me the MLS number, your full contact information, and the type of ad you wish to place.  This offer applies to Realtor and Owner Ads.   Click here to contact me for advertising assistance.


 Here are the basic steps to placing a Log Home Real Estate ad on  While the web site is being remodeled I am placing all ads.

    • Create your user name and password.  See the Login / Register tab on our home page?  Click on the tab.  Then in the right box Click on "Register".  Enter your name create your user name and password and SAVE.  Then log out to set your password.  Do not use any password you may be using with a bank or credit card, etc.
    • Login using your new user name and password.
    • When you Login scroll down the right column of the Login page to PROPERTY LISTINGS.  This is the real estate advertising section.
    • Select the kind of real estate ad 1 photo ad, 10 photo ad, or Feature Ad you would like to place and click on the link.  Note: all advertising is monthly billing.
    • Fill out the form, upload the photos and submit - saving the ad to the Shopping Cart and then to Check Out. Please note.
    • Please Note:  I am rebuilding adding new features.  Automated credit card billing has been turned off for advertiser Security.  We will see the ad and email you our invoice.  Ads will be posted and published waiting for your check to arrive in 7 working days.   Our PayPal payment gateway under the Information Tab on


Detailed steps to posting real estate ads on (a must read)

This is how you set up any ad on The process is not difficult.

  • Select the ad type / value that you wish to post, then Click.  The form opens.  Review the form before you post the ad. 
  • There are 2 description fields.  The one that you fill out is Property Description under the MLS number or above the Land Size field.  The 2nd description field is filled out by our ad manager for the search engines.
  • Blank fields ARE NOT posted.
  • We allow up to 1000 words of advertising copy per ad in the description field.
  • All ads are reviewed for typos, grammar, etc.


Posting photos to your ad.

  • Pre arrange your photos in a folder on your computer.
  • Size the photo's.  Giant digital Images are not acceptable and cannot be saved because of our size limitation.
  • Size Standard horizontal photos to 600 pixels wide.  Size vertical photos to 350 pixels wide.
  • When uploading photos do not save any photo while uploading photos.  Click on the Add Photo button which opens your computer.  Select folder photos to upload in the order which you want them to appear.  Click on the photo you select 2 times.  Once to select the image and once to connect the photo to the add.  Click on the Add Photo button to add additional photo's.  NOTE: All Photos are automatically uploaded to the ad when the ad is saved, not before. The current photo limit is 24 photos. YOU DO NOT SAVE INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS. ALL PHOTOS ARE SAVED WHEN YOU SAVE THE AD.


Preparing advertising copy.

Use your word processor to write your advertising copy.   Then save the copy as a .txt file to cut and past into your ad.   You may use up to 1000 words to describe the property, location, local and regional amenities.    I suggest that your paragraphs flow with the images and are limited to 3-5 sentences per paragraph.   Over the past 22 years I have noticed that people do not like large blocks of abbreviated copy.
All forms are the same.
Our required Fields are: Listing Type, Property Name, Property Description, Land Size in SF or Acres, Square Footage and Actual Square Footage are required.
Interruptions when placing an ad.  We have you covered.
If you get interrupted while placing an ad - save what you have all the way past the shopping cart into CHECKOUT.  When you have reached CHECKOUT you will see the SHOPPING CART and credit card images.  This creates the invoice and saves the ad.  Now you can log out and come back later to finish the ad.

Tips about filling out our forms:

Fill out the form starting with “Property name:” Property name means "Title of your ad". Example: Log Home for sale in Alabama with 25 acres and small stream. (This is how the world sees your ad. If you make a mistake we will fix it.)

 Property Type:

Select the type of property you are selling by clicking on the down arrow button.  Type means what are you selling? There are 4 options. Click the down arrow button and click on your selection.
Provide a reason for the prospective buyer to contact you.  Until you make contact you will never know who is interested in your market area or what they are really looking for.   You may place up to 1000 words of advertising copy in the Box under the MLS number.

The rest of the form is normal real estate information. However, our form is more buyer oriented than any you have used in the past.

We deliberately left out room sizes to create a forced point of contact.

Price is entered near the bottom of the form as $700000.00 not as $700,000.00.

At the bottom of the form Below PRICE is an area called Publishing Description. Leave that area blank. We fill that information in for the search engines.

 We check the ads several times a day to approve them for posting 9AM-6PM  M-F. Once the ad has been posted we check it to be sure it is showing. You may log in anytime to change copy or photographs.


Testing the AD.

We test the email form on every ad to be sure the form is working and that you have provided a good email address.


Receiving Email from your log home for sale ad.

We recommend that you white list each of the following as trusted resources with your email program;, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


How to place your Personal Photo on the Ad:

 After the ad has been posted,  LOGIN: Scroll down the page till you reach Property ListingsSee the Edit MY Profile in Property Listings Section?   Click on it and upload your photograph the same way you uploaded the photographs for your ad.  You only have to do this one time for your image to appear with every ad.


Archiving ads:
We archive all sold, expired, or removed ads for 6-12 months.

We are working every day creating new points of contact for prospective buyers.  Your suggestions are  always welcome.

Enjoy the Service.


Click here to Contact Martin for Real Estate Advertising Assistance.

We look forward to working with you.


Martin Turnbull


Contact #  970 736 8223  -  Office Hours start 9:30  -  Monday to Friday, Mountain Time.




Selling Log Homes - Selling Log Cabins - Selling Log Cabin Homes - Selling Log Home Real Estate
Tuesday, 31 January 2012 11:14

Listing log homes for sale on

Listing a log home or cabin for sale on

Here is the procedure to list a property for sale on

Login and create a free subscriber account.

We will confirm your registration by email ad include our rate sheet. 

Now you are ready to place property for sale ads on

Realtors... Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it the MLS Number and the street address and we post the ad for your approval.

For sale by Owner listings... Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it the street address and the photos you wish to post. If your photos are already posted on the internet send us a link to the listing and we will gather the photos for you. 

Next we enter the advertising information for the property being listed. We have a few required fields. Other than the required fields list whatever information is needed to obtain a response. Remember nothing happens until you are able to enter the prospective buyers world.

We only publish the information you provide.

These are the required informatiopn fields.

  1. Property Name: This unique identifier is especially helpful when you are listing more than one property and you need to make changes. This is the "Title" of the listing.
  2. Property State/Province
  3. Property/Country
  4. Square Footage - Required: Search function.
  5. Publishing the Property description: We allow you up to 1000 words in paragraphs to describe the property
  6. Description: We provide a text box area for the search engine description. It is called a meta description. It is a short and concise message. A generic example would be: Log Home for sale (city) (state) on (#) (wooded or cleared) acres with (creek, pond, barns, arena)
  7. Keywords: Keywords are simple search terms catalogued by search engines. Here are examples that may apply to your ad: Creek side log home (or Cabin) (state), Riverside log cabin for sale (state), log cabin home for sale (state), cabin for sale (state), home for sale (state), log cabin real estate, log home real estate.
  8. We ad the Photos. The system will re size the image for viewing.
  9. After we post the listing you will receive our invoice. You can pay on line or mail us a check.
  10. New ads are billed for 90 days. Thereafter billing can be for 1-2-3 months. Billing stops when we are notified to cancel the ad.
  11. All ads are archived got 1 year.
Thursday, 05 January 2012 16:43


How Log Home Dreams Become Reality

By... Steve & Melinda Ryan, Colorado

You have driven by that beautiful log home hundreds of times wishing that one day you too can own one.  Now that the seed has been planted, how do you decide if a log home will fit into your budget?  This article will serve as a guide on how to achieve that dream of owning a log home. Before you start searching for a log home company, there are several things to you should think about: what features you desire in a home, the log species and profile that you like, and how much of the building you are willing to do as well as a price range you are willing to spend on your log home (built to completion with or without land included).

The first step in making your dream home become reality is to choose a log home company. Easier said than done because there are hundreds of log home companies competing for your business. We researched about fifty different log home companies before we made our decision and yes it was time consuming but you need to find the company that best fits your needs. To narrow down the list of companies to choose from, decide on the log species (i.e. White Pine), log profile (i.e. round), size of logs, type of logs (kiln-dried, dead standing, air dried, green), and the building system that you like the best.  Another way to narrow down the list is to tour log home models built by different log home companies and, if possible,  tour the log home mills themselves.  Now you need to submit a sketched floor plan of your dream home to the companies that you have chosen and obtain a log home package cost estimate that includes a shipping estimate.  When comparing price quotes from these companies make sure you are comparing "apples to apples", meaning each companies' log home package is slightly different than the other. Choose the package that best suits your needs and price.

The second step is to decide how much "sweat equity" you are willing to put into your home.  The more that you are able to do yourself means the more you will be able to save in labor costs.  How much does it cost to complete a log home depends on the labor rates in your area.  Most log home companies can quote a turnkey price (completely built home, ready to move in) as well as just the log home package price.  Research different labor rates in your area as well as building materials that are not included in your package and compare these costs to your turnkey price given to you by the log home company.  Ask your log home company if they can provide a list of area contractors. Being your own general contractor also saves money by subtracting about 10%-20% off the cost of building your log home, however you have the headaches that go along with that job.  If you decide to be your own general contractor,  you will need to develop a cost estimating worksheet with a breakdown of all the costs associated with building your home.

Is the price of your dream home still within your budgeted range?  If the answer is yes, then you can move on to obtaining financing.  If the answer is no, then there are some areas where costs can be reduced provided that you are flexible.  You may opt for more "sweat equity", choose a smaller diameter log,  reduce the size of your basement, or settle for less square footage to bring your price down.  It is typical when building your first home that adjustments need to be made in order to fit your original budget.

Finally, your cost estimating worksheet is done and you have your blueprints, now you are ready for financing.  There are quite a few lenders out there that specialize in log home financing which is slightly different than traditional stick built financing.  Again use the resources of the log home company you have chosen, they should be able to provide a list of specialized lenders as well as help you with the financial paperwork.  Do your homework before approaching a lender and the process will run smoother.  Most lenders offer a construction loan for up to one year and then required you to re-qualify for the mortgage loan after your home is completed.  Another option is a "One Time Close" loan which combines the construction and permanent financing into one easy loan.  One Time Close loans are nice because you only pay closing costs once and usually only qualify once for the loan.  These loans are usually given at a slightly higher interest rate during the construction loan period and can be "rolled down" at the time that the permanent loan starts.  When financing your loan, be prepared to have a down payment of 5%-15% of your loan value and in most cases you may use the value of your land as your down payment provided you own it free and clear.  Once financing is approved, you can begin building your dream log home.

Now you can let the seed grow into a beautiful log home that someone else will admire.  Keep in mind that the process of building your own log home is time consuming and Murphy's Law does apply, but the end result is rewarding.

Steve & Melinda Ryan, Colorado


Comments by

Over the years things have changed in the financial arena, however the procedural principles published in this article still apply. MLT
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 10:01

About Maintaining Log Homes Intro Page

About Maintaining Log Homes

Maintaining the natural beauty of a log home is not much different than the effort required to maintain any other type of home. Let's assume for a moment that the exterior your current home is covered with a colored composite shingle which receives a daily beating from the sun and wind blowing sand. Attached to your home is a lovely wooden deck. Over a short period of time the sun will bleach out the color of the siding and the deck. The wind and rain will also work on your deck. This is only nature at work. It is just natural. The solution to maintain the beauty of any home or deck is to put a maintenance plan in play from the day of purchase.

This section of is all about dealing with nature. How to prepare a log home maintenance plan for a new home, an existing log home or how to restore a neglected log home. We have also included a section called "Dealing With Natures Pests" which are some of natures annoying little critters like ants, woodpeckers, termites, wasps etc.

In Log Home Maintenance you will find helpful articles about;

  1. Developing your log home maintenance plan
  2. Managing log home exposure to the sun
  3. Managing log home exposure to moisture
  4. Dealing with natures insects
  5. Dealing with natures pests
  6. Preserving wood
  7. Preserving wood decks
  8. Dealing with Mold and Mildew
  9. Parasitic Wasps
  10. Glossary of Wood Terms
  11. Cleaning Wood Surfaces
  12. Mill Glaze
  13. Stain and Topcoat Additives
  14. Restoring neglected log homes and cabins

As time goes on our log home maintenance clients and log home owners will submit new log home maintenance articles. These log home maintenance articles will come from people living in different climates all over the the United States and Canada.

Open invitation: Send us your log home maintenance articles. We will consider consider all maintenance articles for inclusion on our web site, especially those from people with hands on experience. Appropriate credit for the article will be given. is accepting log home maintenance articles from our subscribers and from log home owners. Contact us for details.

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 09:51

Introduction to Log Homes

Introduction to Log Homes


2 4

5 1

Log Homes are not all the same.

Log Home Catalog and Free Information Request

As you can see from these images there are many different styles and types of log homes built in the United States and Canada.

While some floor plans may look similar they are all different. Here at we enable potential log home owners to make good decisions when building or purchasing an existing log home or cabin.

Designs and plans may look the same but they all vary from mill to mill and from builder to builder.

  • There are different building styles.
  • There are different building systems.
  • There are many different models and plans.
  • There are different log profiles: round logs, D logs, square logs, coped logs etc.
  • Different species of logs are used to build log homes.
  • Log homes are built from handcrafted logs and from milled logs.
  • Some log homes are built using kiln dried logs, nature-dried standing dead timber, or green logs.
  • Many log home companies have standard log home plans for you to choose from.
  • Semi custom log homes are revised standard log home plans.
  • Custom log homes are designed from the ground up to accommodate your life style.

All of the items mentioned above have been addressed by the mills and builders who are listed on

Our primary goal on is to point you in the right direction. The articles posted in our information section are the starting point in your journey to life in a log home. The builders and mills listed on our web site can answer just about any log home or cabin question you may have. We invite you to contact them by email or phone.



Open invitation to our advertisers: Send us your log home information articles and we will consider them for inclusion on our web site. We are especially interested in receiving articles from owner builders or owner contractors with hands on experience. Appropriate credit including company name and authors name for each posted article will be given. Contact for details.
Enjoy the web site.
Martin Turnbull



Log home shells, log home kits,
and log home packages

In most states across the US you can act as owner contractor or owner builder. Our recommendation, if you are going to be an owner, builder or contractor, is to study up on project management. Know what is involved before committing and have a written project plan and contract with a Log Builder to supervise you. Both men and women have successfully managed the construction of their own log home and they saved money doing it. Check out this article.



Small log cabin shell set on log floor joist.



Small hunting cabin with log floor joist, has porch and roof overhang,
windows and door are cut on site, the roof ridge beam is in place.
Cabin kits can be cut to different sizes.



Log Home Plans:
Every log home or cabin starts out as a plan.You can view models and plans here.


The Home Log Shell:
Once the walls are up you have the basic log shell. Depending on the size of the home we recommend you have a builder stack the logs on the foundation.



Here is a basic log home shell


The Log Kit:
The shell you purchase can be expanded to include floor joists, loft or second floor joists, rafters or purlins and ridge beam. This is called a log kit. The balance of the building materials for log kits are generally purchased from a local supplier. Depending on the size of the home we recommend you have a builder stack the logs on your foundation.



Log Home Package:
While log home and cabin packages vary from mill to mill, you will have everything needed to build or dry-in your log home or cabin unless your contract calls for something different. Again, depending on the size of the home we recommend you have a builder stack the logs on your foundation.


Log package under construction.



Log package nearing completion.


Turnkey Log Home or Cabin:
A turnkey log home or cabin is just like buying a conventional home. Pick out the model, sign the contract, and have your log home built for you. Turnkey simply means stick the key in the lock, open the door, move in and start living.

Please note: More details for log shells, log kits and packages can be found in the left links.

Thursday, 29 December 2011 13:03

Advertising on

Advertising on

All our advertising rates will change with the the current web site upgrade.

Thank you for considering advertising on  This web site is about promoting anything related to log homes or cabins, including maintenance and furnishings.

Since 1994 we have been servicing the log home industry with the natural key word domain name "".  We have learned a lot in the past 22 years actually listening to builders and mills of handcrafted and milled log homes or cabins.  At the same time we talked with and listened to thousands of people interested in building a new home or purchasing an existing log home or cabin.  The buyers have told us over and over what they are looking for and their requests have been incorporated into the redesign of

To view our advertising rates you DO NOT need to register and log in.  The following is a brief description of the varied ways you are able to advertise on

Home Page Advertising

  1. Site wide top right and left rotating banner ads
  2. Real Estate home page rotating right column ads
  3. Left Column dedicated to Log Home Industry Premium listings
  4. Site wide Bottom ads may be fixed or rotating

Directory Advertising (tabs across the top of the page content)

  1. Builders - US and Canadian log home builders directory
  2. Mills - US and Canadian log home mill directory
  3. Models & Plans - subscribers advertise models and plans
  4. Kits - mills advertising build it yourself log home and cabin kits
  5. Packages - log mills and builders advertising complete log home packages
  6. Shells - log builders and log mills with log home or cabin shells for sale
  7. Log Homes For Sale real estate listings for United States and Canada
  8. Log Home Maintenance listings for Maintenance Suppliers and Maintenance Companies

Models and Plans Listing's

  • advertisers can place unlimited lead generating models and plans on this web site.  Ask for our M&P ad rate.
  • Architects and log home designers who wish to advertise models and plans for sale should contact Martin using the contact form email us below.

Real Estate For Sale Ads

  • Home Page Rotating - top banner advertising is available
  • Home Page Rotating - right column Feature Ad is standard.
  • State Directory Ads - are available for Land, Log Homes, Log Cabins, Farms & Ranches.
  • Bottom ads will rotate all over the web site.

Ad placement rules

  1. Ads may dissolve - fade into (1) one other image.
  2. Ads may not blink, flash, jiggle or twitch.
  3. Sexual ad content is forbidden.
  4. Profanity is forbidden.
  5. No advertiser shall attack another. Attack ads damage the whole industry.
  6. The advertiser assumes full legal responsibility for their advertising content.
  7. Copyright violations are the responsibility of the advertiser. Obtain written permission before using material under copyright. If you are a log home dealer or mill representative re-verify use of material under copy right with the mill or distributor.
  8. We accept all ads that promote the Log Home Industry. This includes log home funnishings, barns, yard equipment, insurance, additions, remodeling and maintenance.
  9. reserves the right to deny any ad or to pull any ad without prejudice and without recourse to the web site.
  10. If you have questions about ad placement contact Martin Turnbull.
  1. Payment is due at the time of placement.
  2. We bill the first 90 days in advance. Thereafter billing is monthly until cancelled or until 12 months have elapsed.
  3. Advertisers may cancel ads by emailing or login anytime to modify ads.
  4. There are no refunds for ads cancelled by the subscriber.
  5. There are no refunds for ads cancelled after the monthly billing date.
  6. The billing date STARTS the day you placed the ad. For example: If the ad was placed on the 7th of the month the monthly billing date is the 7th of every month till cancelled or 12 months time has passed.
  7. Currently all Real estate ads are billed quarterly for the first quarter. Thereafter we bill monthly.
  8. is owned and managed by The Tentmaker Trust. The trust reserves unto itself the right to cancel any ad without cause and without recourse to the Trust or
  9. Refunds are limited to 1 (one) month for an error on our part.
  10. We are not responsible for writing your advertising copy.


If you have questions call us at 970 736 8223 office or email us.

Martin Turnbull



Article coming soon.

Sunday, 28 August 2011 17:07

About Building A Log Home

About Building A Log Home

about_buildiing_a_log_home_1 about_buildiing_a_log_home_2 about_buildiing_a_log_home_3

They are all different and that is part of their unique beauty. is America's 1st log home public interest log home web site enabling log home mills and builders to provide free log home and log cabin information to the general public. Our primary goal is to provide the public all the information they need to make a sound log home buying decision. Our mission statement. Established in 1994

We highly recommend that you learn all you can about log homes. Here is a link to our information request form where you can begin the journey. Request A Log Home Catalog and free information about building a log home. Tell us where you would like live in the US or Canada and the different features you would like to have in your home. The builders associated with will help you get started.

There is much more to building a log home than shopping for the least expensive log package one can find on the Internet or magazine. The Internet or catalog package price is simply the starting point for negotiation. It is the primary drawing card for many log builders. For example; a log home buyer should consider thing like a log home construction style. Will you be building a milled log home with uniform sized logs or will you be building a handcrafted log home. Do you like round logs, square logs, or D shaped logs, double round logs - round inside and outside flat top and bottom, coped logs, scribed fit, tongue and groove fit, interior log walls or walls framed and sheetrocked, and how about the corners - dovetail joining, butt and pass or saddle notch corners? What diameter log are you seeking? All these things and more help to determine the price of the log home or cabin.

Are there ways to save money on the purchase of a log home or cabin? Yes there are and we will explore some of them. They are all about making good decisions.

Here is a brief list of the information what you will find in the information section of in the coming weeks.

  2. Choosing a log home construction style
  3. Picking a floor plan that fits your family lifestyle
  4. Why use an architect to design a log home?
  5. Buying land for your log home or cabin
  6. Selecting the building site for your log home or cabin
  7. Do you want a turnkey log home or
  8. Will you be an owner builder or owner contractor?
  9. Selecting your turnkey log home builder
  10. Are log homes energy efficient?
  11. "Women Can do it"  An article about a lady being the owner contractor
  12. Engineering log home to meet state and county building codes
  13. Building on the grid or going solar. Which is best for you?
  14. Budget Planning: Have you done the math?
  15. We are building a glossary of log home construction terms for the lay person. (This is a work in progress.)

More information will be added soon including;

  • A brief history of log homes.
  • Have you read the log home contracts - twice?
  • News - subscriber news releases

Well I joined the Navy as an enlisted man. While I very much enjoyed the Navy I elected to leave after four years. Two more years and I would have been a 1st class petty officer. There were other things I wanted to do other than ride 250 foot typhoon waves on a 556 foot seaplane tender. I rode out at least five major typhoons in the early 60’s.

After leaving the Navy I went to work in Nevada at a nuclear rocket test facility. We tested the 1st hydrogen nuclear rockets. I met my lovely wife while working at the test site. We were married 48 years ago in a Baptist Church. We are still together. We moved home to Mobile where I worked repairing marine navigational equipment. I accepted an offer to move to Greenville SC where I became one of the top three salespeople in the US selling Ford Code-a-phones. (Automated telephone answering and ordering machines.) We returned to Vegas where I went to work for AB Dick selling copiers and small printing presses. That started my love for commercial printing.

After a time I purchased a bankrupt printing company and built it into a sustainable business. Tired of working long hours as a one man operation I merged my business with another company as a corporate partnership. Two years later I sold my interest the printing company and began my career turning around financially troubled printing companies. For the next 25 plus years I helped turn around four different printing companies. The last being in Denver Colorado where we took a firm averaging $130,000 per month into a firm producing $375,000 per month with a nice pre-tax profit. Two of the companies I turned around had other agendas, meaning they were the cash write off for larger firms who had reached their seven year tax write off limit. Essentially they needed a profitable year and a name change to continue the tax write off game.

In 1992 while researching the potential of the Internet to affect a paradigm shift in the way people conduct business and communicate I wrote an article entitled “A Paradigm Shift in Business Communications is Underway”. After publishing the article in a printing trade journal I made the decision to put my money where my mouth was and moved my business affairs to the Internet. I have been there ever since developing commercial web sites. This a great move. We can now live and work anywhere in the USA. In 48 years we have lived in Vegas, Mobile, Greenville, New Orleans, Colorado Springs (20 years), Steamboat Springs (2 years) and in Fortine Montana (6+ years). Our home is for sale and we shall return to the Steamboat Springs area of Colorado in 2012. At 71 this will be our last move. All of our family is returning to Colorado. 4 children, 17 grand children, 3 great grand children.

Spiritually speaking we moved from the Baptist Church into the Nazarene Church then into full gospel circles. I attended the Nazarene Bible College and left with a 3.9 GPA. During my time there I had to make a decision regarding the Gifts of the Spirit and resigned. I have never regretted leaving.

My hobbies are studying American History, the Civil War, fishing, hunting, reading my bible, my wife, and family.

There is more to tell but that is for another time.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010 10:25

Glossary of Log Home Terms Glossary of Log Home (Log House) Terms.

Welcome to the glossary of of log home terms. This glossary of log home terms represents the most common terms used throughout the Log Home Industry. Home is where the heart is. For more than 100 years there has been a controversy over the meaning of log cabin vs. log home. Rather than getting into descriptions like a cabin is a small one room structure with an outhouse or more of a camp than a home, we have taken a different marketing approach.  Here on we have physically defined these two terms.

Log Cabin: A log structure with a main ground level footprint of 1000 square feet or less.

Log Home: A log structure with a main ground level footprint in excess of 1000 square feet.

Log House or log home: A log structure built from logs that have not been milled into lumber.

Both the log house and the log cabin use the loft and or second floor in determining over all square footage. In most of the United States when computing the square footage of a log cabin or log home a basement does not qualify as living space.

The most common terms used throughout the Log Home Industry are:

Active solar heating: a system that actively converts and stores solar energy to heat a home or its water.

Activity zones: primary living areas that help determine the design of any log home or cabin

Adjustable rate mortgage: mortgage contract with an adjustable interest rate generally tied to the LIBOR.

Adzing: mattock like tool with a curved blade used for shaping logs.

Air dried logs: logs that have been harvested, stacked and allowed to naturally dry.

Angle brace also called a knee brace: timbers bracing corners at an angle across that corner.

Appraisal: a method of determining the value of a property.

Awning window:


Base log:



Bay window:



Birds mouth:

Blue stain:



Buck frame

Builder dealer:

Builder's risk insurance: Builder's risk insurance is a type of property insurance which indemnifies against damage to buildings while they are under construction.

Building code:

Building permit:

Building system:

Built up roof:

Butt & pass:

Butt and pass corner:

Butt joint:

Cambium layer:



Carrier beam:

Casement window:




Change order:

Character log:

Check crack:


Comparable: A appraisal term called comps. A comparable or comp is comparing the market value of your home to previously sold similar log homes..

Construction draw: Progress payments made as the home is being built. The construction draw is part of the binding contract between the builder and the owner or between the owner and his sub-contractors.

Construction to permanent loan:


Corner board:

Corner configurations:

Corner notch: A of log corner fitting.

Corner post:

Corner styles:

Cost plus:


Course log:


Crawl space: Space under a home to access plumbing, electrical or sump pumps. Literally speaking, you move about this space on your hands and knees. 

Crown post:

Cutting detail:

D shaped logs: A log that looks like the capitol letter "D".

Decay resistant: Wood that resists decay.


Door buck:

Door jamb:


Double hung window:

Dovetail: A type of log corner fitting.


Draw schedule:


Drift pins:

Drip Cap:

Drip edge: An edge used in construction to divert water so that it will fall to the ground.

Dry in construction: The term dry in means the construction materials required to enclose a log house of cabin to withstand rain, sleet or snow.

Easement: In broad terms an easement is "Legal permission to trespass on another person’s property."



Fascia board:


Fastener used in log home construction.


Fixed glass window:

Fixed price: A price not subject to change.

Fixed rate mortgage loan: An interest rate not subject to change for the life of the contract.


Foam gasket:



Freeze board:

Full length support system:

Full logs:



Gambrel: A roof design to maximize head space in the loft or upper story of a log home or other structure by modifying the center of a steep roof to a shallow angle.

General contractor: An individual or company holding the prime contract responsible for overseeing the construction of a log home or log cabin.

Girder: A support bean used in construction of log home and other structures.

Go-green: A trendy term being used to promote a political agenda designed to fleece the people. Go green means energy efficient.

Grain: Wood growth rings in trees that run the full length of the tree..

Green logs: Fresh cut logs containing most of their sap.

Half logs: Logs cut in half along the long dimension.

Hand hewn: Logs that have been hand surfaced to provide old style log crafting.

Handcrafters: Log home builders using old style building and log crafting techniques - building without modern tools.




Inside corner:


Insulated log wall:






Kerf: A deep cut running the length of the log placed to help prevent log checking and splitting.

Kiln dried logs: Logs that have been dried in a large oven to remove moisture content.

King post:

Knee Wall:


Lag bolt:

Lag screw/bolt:

Laminated logs:

Lateral load:

Ledger Strip:

Lien waiver:


Loan to value ratio:

Log corner styles:

Log course:

Log grading:

Log package: A log package may be defined as a construction material package sufficient to dry in a log home or cabin. The term dry in means enclosed to withstand rain, sleet or snow. 

Log preservative:

Log profiles:

Log settling: Log get smaller as they dry out. This is results in log settling.

Log shell: A log shell is the outer four walls of a log structure. It may include floor joists and loft joists, rafters and ridge beam or ridge pole.

Log siding: Log siding is a curved piece cut from logs and used as exterior and interior siding to give the appearance of a log house or cabin.

Low e glass


Material package:

Milled logs: Log that are milled to specific lengths, diameters or shapes.

Moisture content:

Mortise and Tenon:


Nonbearing wall: A wall that does not support the roof system.



Oly lag:

On center:


Partition wall:

Passive solar heating:

Percolation or perc test:



Pitch: The rise in the steepness of the roof, from the edge of the roof to the ridge beam or peak of the roof. 

Plumb: Vertically straight.

Post and beam:


Precut logs: Logs that are cut at the mill to be placed in a pre-determined location.

Preconstruction planning:

Preliminary sketches:


Pressure treating:


Queen post:

R value: Insulation factor of wood as determined by the thickness of the log.


Ridge beam:

Ridge board:

Ridge vent:



Roof pitch: The steepness of a roof measured as the rise in the roof from the edge of the roof to the high ridge beam. A low roof would be considered as a 3 foot rise in 12 feet or called a 3-12 roof pitch. The average roof is about 5-12. A steep roof would be a 7-12 pitch.

Roof truss:


Saddle notch corners:

Saddle notch:


Screw jack:

Scribe fit:






Shed roof:


Shrinkage: Logs shrink as they dry out.

Sill log:

Sill plate:



Snow load:


Specific heat:



Standing dead timber: Standing dead trees. Trees that have died naturally or as the result of fire, or trees that have been cut around the base in the fall of the year to prevent the sap form rising in the spring. 


Subcontractor: A specialty contractor working under a general contractor, builder or property owner.

Swedish cope: A type of log construction where a quarter moon cut runs the full length of the log, one log resting on the others cut.

System built:

T&G: Tongue and groove log fitting. Fitting logs together, one on top of another, in a way that the top log fits into the groove below it.

Taper: Log taper is the natural log thickness from the base of the tree to the top of the tree. Logs are naturally thicker at the base of the tree than at the top of the tree.

Thermal mass: The thickness of a log wall home between the interior and exterior of a log home. Thermal mass is a natural accumulator of heat. 

Through bolt: Bolts fastening logs together.

Timber frame:

Toe nailing:

Tongue and groove:



Turnkey construction:


UV blocker:

V groove: A V groove cut running the length of the log to help prevent log checks and splits.


Vapor barrier:

Vertical loads: Vertical load bearing logs or load bearing walls..

Visible surfaces:

Walk out basement: A basement with an walk out entrance at ground level.

Wholesale logs: Buying logs by the ton.

Wind stop:

Wood foundation: PWF treated wood foundation.

Wood preservative:

Work triangle:

Workers compensation:

Zero clearance:

<< Start < Prev 1 2 Next > End >>
Page 1 of 2