Looking to add energy-efficiency features to your cabin? Make sure you know the facts. This is courtesy of our friends at Country’s Best Cabins by Whitney Richardson Myth: Solar hot-water heaters can only produce so much hot water per day; it won’t fulfill my needs. Capturing enough solar energy to meet your hot-water demands is

Sustainable and Sensible – Green Homes

Thursday, 07 March 2013 by

From Zac Koenig, an east coast builder associate. Sensible Green Sustainable construction is nothing mysterious. Its most important aspects are some of the same things that define a quality builder. Green homes, also called sustainable homes, are more affordable than ever. Last year, for instance, a nationwide McGraw Hill study of builders and remodelers found

Below is information from an engineer that we work with on many of our log home projects. This was posted in his newsletter recently and I thought it would be appropriate to share with our blog audience. Brian Sielaff is the owner of Tamarack Grove Engineering. As we begin to wind down the year and

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Writer’s Studio; Revisited

Wednesday, 09 January 2013 by

A few years ago we had the pleasure to work with a local writer, and her husband.  That little collaboration resulted in the Laramie (animation, plans purchase, rendering .  It was recently written up in Seattle Magazine.  We’re glad to see that we’re not the only ones that enjoy the littleprojects. <markwagner> original post: Architectural Gems That Are

How To: Estimate Log Home Construction Costs

Wednesday, 02 January 2013 by

How to estimate costs on your log home construction project

Below is an excerpt from a regular newsletter that Zac Koenig delivers to clients and industry contacts. He brings up very valid points about the tendency to select a provider based solely on the bottom of the estimate, the price, and not the compatibility, talents, and experience of the providers. With the complexities of a

From our friends at Renewable Energy Solutions and Green Remodeling in Boise: This month’s Sustainable Energy Sustainable Homes Seminar is: Introduction to Photovoltaics Thursday, March 8th,  7pm to 9pm U of I’s Integrated Design Lab 306 S. 6th – (6th & Broad) $10 at the door or $50 for the series   Seminar topics:   what is

Ecologically Friendly Timber Frame Homes

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 by

Below is a guest post with some information about the sustainability benefits of a timber frame home. There are some valid green arguments that can be made, and with most products, a lot of shades of green. Enjoy. Photos by Gravitas. By Erik Braunitzer, and courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate Company, agents for NYC

The Pipestone

Friday, 28 October 2011 by

The Pipestone is a traditional log home with a spacious open floor plan. This plan has a large owners suite on the main level, office, laundry and powder room. A full wrap around deck doubles the livable area on the main floor and opens up the opportunities for entertaining, or spending lazy afternoons in a

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The Columbia

Friday, 14 October 2011 by

The Columbia was designed for a family living in Eastern Oregon wanting a home office, and plenty of room to raise their growing family. This 5 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath 5,006 square foot home features a loft level fireplace and multiple zones of activity, allowing the family to maximize their use of the home. A

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The Roaring Fork

Friday, 07 October 2011 by

The Roaring Fork was designed as a mountain getaway for the Roaring Fork Valley. Designed to take advantage of a hillside perch, this home tucks into the terrain while opening up multiple living spaces to the valley beyond. The owner’s suite has an office, and large his and hers walk-in-closets. The dining room is made

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The Palouse

Sunday, 25 September 2011 by

The Palouse is a traditional log home with an expansive wrap around deck that greatly increases the livable area. The main floor open living space joins together the kitchen, dining and gathering room with easy access to the owner’s suite, all on one level. The public areas are open and vaulted whereas the space over

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The Clark Fork

Thursday, 15 September 2011 by

This home is a classically styled Timber Frame Hybrid, based upon our popular Bear Creek model. This home was customized and modified for a couple building in Bear Lake, Idaho. What do we mean by hybrid? A traditional timber frame home has a skeleton made of cut timbers, fitted to each other. This skeleton provides

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The Goodwood

Thursday, 01 September 2011 by

The Goodwood is a 3787 SF home on two levels. It has three bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Open living on the main floor combines the living, kitchen, and dining. The Goodwood has a large open deck on the view side and a welcoming covered porch to protect awaiting guests from the rain. The Owners Suite

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About Gravitas

Thursday, 25 August 2011 by

About Gravitas


Thursday, 25 August 2011 by

Now that the log walls are stacked out, it’s time to start on the roof system.  While setting the walls takes some skill, it is quickly learned, and repeated over, and over, and over again.  This cabin stacked out pretty quickly. With the roof system being set, comes an order of magnitude in complication.  In

This might be of interest to some of our log home and timber frame home friends. Good news/bad news, depending on which side of the tree you are on. This will have an impact on the whole housing industry though, not just the full timber homes. From The Idaho Business Review by Brad Carlson Published:

Troutner Homes in Boise

Monday, 21 February 2011 by

We are excited to hear that The Boise Architecture Project is taking up the cause of documenting and compiling information about the known Art Trounter homes in Boise. We posted a couple of articles a few years back about some of the Troutner homes we had the opportunity to visit. If you have any information about Troutner homes

From our friends at Green Remodeling and Renewable Energy Solutions Hi folks, The winter sun is shining through this morning! Second Thursday means time for another SESH seminar. This week we begin the solar portion of the series: Introduction to Solar Energy:  We’ll explore why we’re interested in solar energy, our solar resource and how it

Boise North End Remodel – Highlands

Friday, 10 December 2010 by

This is a project that is now completed. We started the Design Phase a little less than a year ago with some really fun clients in Boise. They had an awkward entry from the garage that brought you into a small laundry-mudroom and a cluster of doors to the office, living, bath, and closet, not

Boise Case Studies, plus Air-Sealing your Home 7:00-9:00 p.m. Thursday, 12/09, $10 Integrated Design Lab (108 N. 6th) part of the Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Homes seminar series Do you want a home that’s low maintenance, inexpensive to heat and cool, and can maybe even produce it’s own energy? Join us this Thursday for a local showcase of energy

Hardwood Floors Over Radiant Heat

Tuesday, 30 November 2010 by

Some more valuable information about radiant heating. We often get questions about radiant heating, the advantages, the costs, the disadvantages. Warmboard is answering some of those questions in this newsletter. You can read the full newsletter here. Some highlights that I know our readers will find helpful are comments from the builder Bret Gripenstraw on

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