The dream of owning a custom designed log or timber frame home is also a dream of being surrounded by a natural landscape that you love and basking in the panoramic views around you. Whether that’s majestic mountains, a gleaming lake, or a serene forest- enjoying the natural world is all a part of the draw to log home living.
One of the most important components of the home design and build process is factoring in landscaping and hardscaping to your property. We had the pleasure of chatting with Kyle Palmer from Palmer Contracting and Hardscaping to discuss why those are an important part of the process for homeowners to consider. Kyle is an expert in his field and offered some great insight into the process to help us better understand the application and functionality of both.
Sustainability is top of mind for everyone these days. For Beaver Mountain log homes, it is not a trend; sustainable building is what we’ve done from the start. Going above and beyond building codes is important to us, not only to provide our customers excellence in service, but also because in doing so, we are honoring environmental and sustainable practices that matter to us personally and leaves a legacy for our children for years to come.
When you choose Beaver Mountain log homes, we understand that you are looking for a home in which to enjoy nature. The very essence of our log homes combines luxury living with the great outdoors. But we take this environmental benefit further with sustainable practices in waste reduction, high performance heating options, and we offer solutions for solar energy and off grid living.
We are very excited about our interactive 3D tours! We’re working on creating a permanent home for them, but for now, we’ll put them here. Enjoy!
Design Center virtual walk-through
Classic Lodge virtual walk-through
Cedar Ridge virtual walk-through
There is a lot of buzz right now about living “green”. It stresses being conscious of the world around us and practicing environmentalism, such as recycling and using paper instead of plastic. The mindset can also be applied to building homes. In fact, Beaver Mountain has been committed to being green long before it became popular and incorporated this approach into every aspect of the home building project.
With thoughts of spring and building your new Log or Timber Framed home, keep in mind that the exterior landscaping is just as important as your interior décor. For as much time that you put into figuring out your style for the inside of your home, the outside is the first impression everyone will see when pulling into the driveway. First impressions are lasting impressions.
Undoubtedly you might think that just because there is snow on the ground and the temperatures are frigid, you can’t begin to build your dream home. This is so far from the truth! Realistically, while the weather and ground conditions are not ideal in the northeast, it’s the perfect time to lay the ground work and begin the process of building. Here are some of the reasons why:
Let Furniture Set the Stage in Your New Log Home
Story By: Pellham D.W. DeGroot
Guest Commentary by Log Home Living
There’s no shortage of information about building a log home, whether you’re cutting down your own trees or stacking pre-cut logs. But precious little tells how to furnish a log home. Most people wind up OK, or at least think they do, but some regard furnishing a log home as an impossible mission.
No wonder, even if you are blessed with taste and confidence, few people have any experience with log homes, even those who have done and re-done other kinds of homes many times, even a few pros, Logs pose challenges.
There’s the wood, obviously. But because logs represent more than just a place to live, furniture has to go beyond form and function to convey who the owners are and how they live in their log home. That means worrying less about a stated theme – Southwestern, art deco, rococo, French Country, Victorian, etc. – and more about setting feelings: casual, comfortable, rugged, outdoorsy, down-homey.
There really is no best wood for a log home
By Jim Cooper
A sure way to enliven a gathering of log-home enthusiast the superiority of inferiority of a particular species of wood. It’s like tossing a gauntlet into a gathering of knights. You’re almost guaranteed that someone will rise to your challenge. Wood species provokes probably more heated discussion than any other aspect of log homes.
By Jim Cooper
A builder recently presented a bid for a log home to customers who had already purchased a package and had blueprints in hand. They had sold their home to buy land and were temporarily renting in anticipation of their new home. In their enthusiasm, they overlooked on factor: construction cost. After presenting his bid, the builder was stunned to find a $100,000 gap between it and his customer’s expectations.
The term “Custom Crafted” means “made to the specifications of an individual customer”. In today’s world, having your custom crafted, luxury log dream designed to meet your wants and needs has come a long ways from the days of “kit” log homes. This is not to say that there still companies out there that still produce a cookie cutter home.
Beaver Mountain Log Homes is selected as one of the Best Homes of 2018!
Log Home Living, a magazine devoted to log homes, conducted a vote by their log home enthusiast readers to select the top homes of 2018. Selecting from dozens of companies homes, the voters selected the Mountain View as one of the Best Homes of 2018. It will be featured in their Best Log and Timber Homes special issue.
by: Murray Arnott, AIBD
Guest Commentary by Custom Wood Home Architects and Designers
How do you get from the inkling of an idea to a great home? As they say, it ain’t easy, but the end result is worth it. Clients come to designers and architects with ideas on napkins, scraps of paper, or on the backs of maps or parking tickets (it happens — people driving past a home with a feature they’d like to incorporate scramble for anything to write on). Then we must do a certain amount of digging before the actual digging begins. We not only consider structure, supports, and seismic issues — we play the role of psychologist, teacher, and occasionally mediator between competing visions of different family members.