Satisfy your inner pioneer with these log home resouces.

By Ramsey Prather
October 11, 2006
Courtesy of Southland Log Homes

Whether you loved Lincoln Logs as a kid, or simply like the ideaof a warm getaway, a log cabin may be the change of pace you'vebeen looking for. Check out the rustic retreats offered by threemanufacturers specializing in log cabin construction.

Original Log Cabin Homes builds styles ranging from "classicto contemporary and rustic to regal," according to their Web site.The spacious, well-crafted homes are made from the highest qualitylog cabin woods on the market, such as bald cypress, western redcedar, and eastern white pine. Call 800/562-2246 or visit

Appalachian Log Homes has more than 40 pre-planned log cabindesigns to choose from, but will also work with your tastes,interests, and budget to modify a plan to best suit your needs. Thecompany offers completed models ranging from 432 square feet to10,000-plus, and outfits the homes with all the features andamenities necessary for making your log cabin a permanentresidence. Call 800/726-0708 or visit

Southland Log Homes has "converted sketches from napkinsinto dream homes," according to their Web site. Whether or notyou're an amateur napkin architect, the designers at Southland LogHomes will work with buyers to adapt and enhance any plan. Inaddition to using top-quality products such as kiln-dried logs andoffering several log profile options, this company guarantees yourhome as long as you live in it. Call 800/641-4754 or visit

West Coast Log Homes provides full design services, windowpackages, and finishing options for three types of homes:Traditional Hand-Crafted, Post and Beam, and Fusion Style. Theirteam of experts selects trees, which are almost exclusively WesternRed Cedar, from British Columbia's coastal forests. The logs arethen hand-stripped and pressure-washed to enhance durability whilepreserving the wood's unique characteristics. West Coast Log Homeswill work with your local contractors, and construct all homesbefore they're shipped. Call 604/886-4279 or visit

For more comprehensive information on builders, plans, methods,and all things log home, visit these Web sites: International LogBuilders Association ( or LogHomes Council of the National Association of Home Builders (