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Small Log Homes: Storybook Plans and Advice Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 26, 2001
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Whether you're dreaming of a starter home or a lifelong retreat, Small Log Homes is an indispensable idea book for planning, building, and outfitting your cabin in the woods or on the prairie.
Lush photographs show how log-home owners, builders, and contractors around the country have achieved the richness and warmth of cabin living within the bounds of economy and space management. And all without feeling cramped or hamstrung.
The perfect starting point for your own cabin, fifteen plans by contractor/author Robbin Obomsawing are thoughtfully designed to help you develop and create a structure that will reflect your personal style and match your vision of the perfect log home. The result is a home that feels large but has fewer than 2,500 square feet. Practicing prudence and economy of space, her floor plans have been created to simplifiy life--one's own, or the comings and goings of an entire family.
As Small Log Homes inspires your own cozy log-home dreams, quality designs and decor are bound to materialize into a timeless treasure for many generations to enjoy.
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Luscious photography & sage advice on realistic log home planning. Includes fifteen plans for creating a modest home or weekend cottage.
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It tells you, for example, that you should make careful and deliberate use of all the space by planning it carefully, but does not show examples of good planning, give you thought provoking questions to ask yourself, or anything that could help you do it.
The book mentions that there are 2 types of log cabins, names them and gives a few uncaptioned photographs, without even one word to tell you what the advantages of one over the other might be.
It tells you that a complicated roof is more expensive than an uncomplicated one. Did you need to be told? It does not tell you what the choices are in roof styles, the advantages and weather reasons you might want one more than the other, dispite the cost, and it certainly does not tell you what the price differences are (even an approx % difference would have been a start).
It does not suggest anything useful and should only be bought by someone who is on their way to the log home manufacturer in their area so that they can point to the pictures in the book and facilitate the teaching the company will then have to provide. This is for a person buying a finished, installed product, not building a home.
I was very disappointed and would never have bought this book if I had seen it in a bookstore. It is meant for someone who buys magazines exclusively for the pictures and does not read the articles. This will not help you build a house.
Some of the positives are that the book itself is high-quality, the photos are very good for the most part, and it does provide enough information to help determine if a log home really is for you. Some of the negatives for me are the photos are unrelated (there will be photos of the exterior of two log homes, followed by a photo of a kitchen, followed by a photo of a porch, followed by a photo of another kitchen . . . interspersed with text that may or may not have anything to do with the photos shown); I would have preferred groups of photos of one home at a time so I could understand the house better. And the plans and elevations at the back of the book are "stand-alones" for the most part; they are unrelated to the photos shown earlier in the book. It would have been nice to have plans and photos of homes actually built.
It's a nice "starter" book, so I gave it four stars. For me personally, I would have given it three stars for its usefulness.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this style of living, the décor is so pleasing to the eye.Published 2 months ago by Brazil123
I ordered this book as a gift for my daugher who owns a log house. I thought she would be able to benefit from the decorating ideas in the edition. She enjoyed it.Published on October 9, 2013 by Woodbury
If you have a small cabin or are planning on building one this book has lots of good ideas and examplesPublished on April 1, 2013 by Nana
Great pics, plans, Love this book. if you want to see beautiful log homes, this is a book to getPublished on March 24, 2013 by Maxine Explorer
Nice coffee table book full of the cutest log cabins! It is my wish book. I may never have a log home but atleast I can look at them every day.Published on March 7, 2013 by Sandy
I really liked "Small Log Homes". It was a perfect source for ideas, whether your log cabin is big or small! Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by KD Quinn