Category Archives: Home Design

When you’re designing your own home, it’s a chance to create a space that’s both beautiful and functional. Rely on us for great design tips!

Home Design for Retiring-In-Place

Are you dreaming of retiring to a gorgeous custom crafted home surrounded by breathtaking views and the relaxing atmosphere of nature all around you? Perhaps you have a family cabin on a beloved piece of property and would like to transform the space into a one-of-a-kind wood home. When it comes to designing the dream home for your golden years, there are a few things to consider ensuring you’ll be happy and comfortable for many years to come. CONTINUE READING

Reduce your wood home maintenance with these tips!

When you move into your custom crafted log or timber home, the last thing you want to worry about is filling your precious free time with home maintenance projects. There are several details that can be incorporated into the design of your log home in order to minimize the amount of maintenance your home will need. We had the opportunity to chat with Beaver Mountain’s own Drew Prochazka, Vice President of Business Development, to share his personal experience of log home maintenance. According to Drew, “While it’s true that log homes require a certain type of maintenance, there’s no such thing as a maintenance free home”. Even conventionally built homes require regular maintenance to last for years. As someone who has lived in a Beaver Mountain log home for two decades and has worked within the log home industry for the past 21 years, Drew knows a thing or two about taking care of a log home. CONTINUE READING

Tips for Designing Your Outdoor Spaces

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. CONTINUE READING

Creating a Great Room Vision Board

Mood Board for Great Rooms

Creating a vision board (also referred to as a mood board) is a great way to start your log or timber frame home design planning.  These visual representations of your taste will help us have a clear direction before we start to design your home. These boards can be as simple as a Pinterest page account or as complex as a notebook filled with sketches, notes and printouts. You can check out our Gallery and Floorplan pages, Instagram or Facebook for lots of Beaver Mountain home inspiration. The sky’s the limit! CONTINUE READING

One of the 20 Best Custom Home Builders

Beaver Mountain Log Homes Custom Home Builders Country Cubco Timber Home

We’re proud to be included in the Top 20 Best Custom Home Builders in Upstate NY by Home Builder Digest! They highlighted our Country Cubco custom built home, a ski lodge in the Catskill Mountains of New York designed to host friends and family.    The Country Cubco Timber Home is a perfect home for entertaining, with a large open concept living space, dining for 12 and a large wraparound deck that is accessible from the beautiful French doors in the living room. A wall of windows lets in natural light and passive solar heating in the winter months. During the summer, simply open the doors to feel the mountain breezes. A double sided fireplace is an unusual, but beautiful, feature. One side opens to the living room, the other to outdoor living room under a porch. The area is designed to allow you to enjoy 3 season outdoor living and has been a very popular design option lately. To see the entire Country Cubco gallery and floor plan, click here! CONTINUE READING

Log Home Interior Design Trends

We’ve seen some interesting trends lately in log home interior design as our clients are creating their homes! Here’s a few of our favorites…

Mixing Bold Patterns

Using Primary Colors

Wallpaper & Murals


Comfort is Key!

Let’s take a look at those in depth!

Mixing Bold Patterns

Bold patterns are a great way to give your home some personality! You can go for a floral or maybe a geometric pattern to give any room that “pop”. But in 2021, we’ve seen clients mixing those patterns together! You can choose a common color palette, then mix and match to your heart’s content! CONTINUE READING

Future-Proofing Your Home

Here in the Catskills, we’ve seen a huge rise in the numbers of people building their dream vacation homes. They rent them while they’re not using them, with the long term goal of having it as a retirement home. If that’s something you’re thinking of, there are a few things you should keep in mind. CONTINUE READING

Tips for an Eco-Friendly Home

Many of our clients are looking to include eco-friendly, green features into their homes. As you’re planning your new custom home (or just getting ideas for your current home), here are a few tips and ideas to reduce your carbon footprint and stay healthier in the process!


Use natural cleaning products. Vinegar, baking soda, rubbing alcohol make a fantastic window and glass cleaner. Lemon juice can help remove stains from countertops (and is fantastic as an adhesive remover too!) Baking soda freshens up carpets. Not only are these all extremely effective, they are cheap and almost always at hand! Vinegar and a bit of dish soap is also quite effective as a weed killer. A great option especially if you have pets or small children around. CONTINUE READING

Beaver Mountain Log Homes Kitchen Design Tips Kitchen Island

Kitchen Design Tips: Part 2

Last time we started talking to Carol from Northeast Cabinet Center about ways to increase your storage and  keep your kitchen organized. (Click here to read that post!) Today she’s back and has some more tips for us!


Roll out drawers are a really easy way to access everything in your cabinets and come in several widths. These are very helpful in the kitchen to pull your appliances, pots/pans, etc. out for an easy access. No more crawling on your hands and knees retrieving an item in the back of the cabinet. They also aid in keeping a better inventory of your supplies since the items are readily available with an easy glide out drawer. CONTINUE READING