Log Home - Make Your Home Look Like a Log Home!

We all know the economy has made us change our plans and goals. Some of us wanted to build a log home and enjoy the log home lifestyle but, since the economy took a nosedive, we are forced to save money and upgrade the home we have instead of build a new one.

Many companies offer products that can aid in making your stick built home appear to be a log home. In fact, some of these products achieve this look so well the average person would be hard pressed to identify whether the home is built from log or a framed house.

One of the most common methods people use to update their home is to replace the siding on the exterior of their home. By installing a log siding product, the homeowner can achieve the external appearance of a log home and begin the transformation. Log siding installs virtually the same as other siding methods and in many cases has a comparable cost. Although I would certainly recommend hiring a professional to perform the log siding installation, many DIY’rs can do the installation themselves. I have included the basic steps below, but please check with each manufacturer and follow their installation instructions. Many manufacturers require their process be followed exactly or you will have no warranty protection.

  1. Begin by carefully measuring the exterior of your home to determine the amount of coverage needed. (most manufacturers and retailers of log siding can quote it by the square foot)
  2. Measure the size and quantity of your windows and doors. We don’t need to purchase log siding to cover these, and will need to purchase trim boards to surround these with prior to installing the siding.
  3. Choose the style of log siding you prefer. There are a lot of choices out there and each has its own pros & cons.
  4. Decide if you want to put false corners or log ends on your home. These pieces provide the traditional passing log look we come to associate with log homes. (an option is to use corner boards which will give a timber frame look to your home)
  5. Strip the old siding off of your home. This will include any trim on the corners and around your windows and doors.
  6. Wrap your home with house wrap. This will aid in tightening up the “envelope” of your home and save on energy in the future.
  7. Apply a sealer or stain to all of the log siding, corner pieces and trim boards. I recommend doing this on all sides of the product. (some manufacturers do this for you at their factory)
  8. Install trim boards to all of your windows and doors.
  9. Starting on the bottom of the home make a level line using a laser, chalk line or level to use as a guide for installing the first piece. This will ensure you have a good starting row to work from.
  10. Install the corner boards or first log end to one corner.
  11. Measure and cut the first piece of siding to achieve a tight fit between the corner piece and the first door trim piece, or the opposite corner.
  12. Perform steps 10 and 11 on the opposite side of the house.
  13. On the ends of the house install the first row between the 2 rows you just installed.
  14. Continue this procedure working around the house until completed.
  15. Make sure you check the siding with a level every couple of rows to ensure everything stays level.


Whenever to pieces of siding come together cut the ends with a 45 degree bevel so they overlap. This will ensure a nice appearance for years to come.

Next we will talk about how you can change the interior appearance of your home to complete the Log Home look.

A Wet Basement Robs Your Home

The importance of a dry basement cannot be overstated. A wet basement hosts dampness, moisture, bad smells, foul odors, mold and mildew among a large variety of serious health conditions that could take a toll on you and your family’s health. These conditions rob your home of great value and put you and your family in jeopardy of mild to serious health conditions.

A dry, desired basement is one that is completely rid of flooding, moisture, dampness or water that has the tendency to seep or flow through the concrete floors, walls and joints, as well as vents that have not been sealed properly by the homeowner. A dry basement is clean and free of bad odors or leaks that can cause mold and serious health issues, especially to adults and children who suffer from breathing difficulties or asthma. These health concerns occur by simply breathing in a number of mold spores that tend to float in the air, freely.

Added Use of a Dry Basement

Over time, we tend to fill our homes with a lot of unused personal belongings and there never seems to be enough room to properly store them. Whether your basement is remodeled, finished or unfinished, it is the right size and shape for additional storage. The basement in your home is the perfect location to store these unused personal belongings such as clothing, toys, magazines, records and other valuables. The key is to take full advantage of adding storage bins, shelves, cabinets and other storage units.

Storage bins seem to be very popular with homeowners, and they come in a large variety of sizes, styles, colors and sizes. Colored storage bins are great for items that are only used once or twice per year; curtains, bedding, seasonal decorations, fabrics, winter, fall and summer clothing. The most popular storage bins, today, are see-through bins. These bins are best suited for people who frequently use items since you can easily see what is inside each bin.

Regardless what style, color or design you choose, storage bins are designed to protect your important documents and valuables from the effects of mold, mildew, insect and rodent infestation, and water damage.

New Space adds Value to your Home

There are also several other alternative uses for a dry, clean basement; additional living space, home office, extra storage, guest bedroom or just a place to get away and relax. Many homeowners don’t take full advantage of this unused space, and with a little time, effort and money, you can add great value and useful space to your home without the ongoing high cost of new construction.

According to a recent survey completed by local area real estate agents, a dry basement is a huge added bonus to any potential homeowner. A clean, dry basement is hidden money in the bank, to anyone putting a home on the real estate market, today.

However, a dry basement with the proper heating and cooling unit can quickly transform any space. Regardless how you choose to use your basement, when water enters your basement, it can be a huge hassle on your structure, budget and health.


If your home currently has a finished basement then the best decision you can make is to waterproof it. An experienced do-it-yourself homeowner should take into consideration all of the above solutions to control and solve common leaking issues. However, it is best to hire a trained professional or basement waterproofing expert who can evaluate the situation, discuss the best options to meet your home’s needs and assure the installation is performed properly to protect your home.