My Dream Log Cabin- Log Cabin Construction Discussion and Stories of How Others Achieved The Log Cabin Dream - Tune In to learn more about how you can live the log cabin lifestyle!

My Dream Log Cabin- Log Cabin Construction Discussion and Stories of How Others Achieved The Log Cabin Dream - Tune In to learn more about how you can live the log cabin lifestyle!

This podcast is for listeners who dream of living in a log cabin and want information, education, and inspiration to help them achieve the log cabin lifestyle! Sponsored by Caribou Creek Log Homes, a handcrafted log home company that has been in business for over 30 years building custom log homes. Hosted by Lindsay Sutherland. Lindsay had a dream of living in a log cabin in the woods. She uprooted her family and moved to North Idaho only to find her dream job at Caribou Creek a year later. Tune in to hear information on log cabin construction styles, log home design, finding the right land, budgeting and cost breakdown discussions, interviews with others who have build their dream home and how they did it. We are here to inspire, educate, inform, and advise people who have been thinking of building their dream log cabin. Thanks for listening! Tags: Log Cabin Construction, Log Home Lifestyle, Mountain Living, Log Home Architecture, Log Home Design, Log Cabin


December 1, 2022 32 min

On a remote 11 acre parcel in the quiet woods of Montana sits a stunning modern mountain home that features huge arched timber trusses, dovetail log walls, as well as traditional sheet rock. The elegance and grandeur this home portrays is breathtaking. And it was ready for move in just in time for Christmas!

Be sure to follow us on Instagram to see images and video of the home. Tune in as homeowners Tamra and Kerry share their log ...

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Joining us on the podcast today is Vice President and mortgage lender Alex McKinley with The Federal Savings Bank. Alex answers all the questions we have about new construction loans for log homes including:

- Why is it harder to get financed for a log cabin home?

- What does The Federal Savings Bank look at when considering a loan?

- How can the perspective buyer get started with a pre-approval process?

- Does The Federal Savings ...

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Hey cabin lovers, have you wondered what is the best product to use to finish your log home? Understanding how to choose the right finish for your home is an important part of planning your dream log cabin project. Today's episode discusses which product is best for logs and offers 5 tips to help you avoid creating further problems if you plan to finish the cabin yourself.

Caribou Creek log home builder has been handcrafting lo...

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Everyone shops for a log home builder in their own way, but did you know that not all log cabin home builders bid on projects the same way, they don’t build with the same construction method, and they don’t all offer the same services?

Today's episode offers three key questions to ask a prospective log builder to ensure you are able to compare your bids equally, get what you need in the end, and reduce surprise expenses.


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Hey cabin lovers! Welcome to season 2 of My Dream Log Cabin Podcast. Often log kit shoppers type the phrase "Log Home Builder Near Me" while hunting for their log cabin builder. More often than not, when building a forever home, clients are getting limited search results due to location rather than a diverse selection of log suppliers who may be better suited for the desired result the homeowner wants. There are more strate...

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November 2, 2021 21 min

At Caribou Creek we do things a little differently than many other companies. One such thing is the log selection process. Rather than simply ordering only the logs we need for a project, we maintain inventory of hundreds of logs that allows us to hand select the precise log for each placement on the home. Todays episode goes into details about what we look for in each log and why we use some logs and not others.

Handcrafted log ho...

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As you dive into the information pool of handcrafted log homes, I bet you will be blown away at the incredible amount of details, nuances, and subtleties that make up these beautiful live-able art forms. One such intricacy is fiber choice.

I mentioned in the previous episode that many log home companies use the fiber choice that is most easy for them to access near their base operation. And for obvious reasons it makes sense. Howev...

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If you are just getting started researching log homes, you may not realize the differences between milled kits and handcrafted kits. Even people who do know the obvious differences may not understand some of the finer points and even may think that handcrafted kits are automatically more expensive. This is not always the truth. Todays episode breaks down the differences between the two kits - the pros and cons of both - and outline...

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Award winning designer Lynn Fleming of Xact Interiors out of Coeur d'Alene joins the podcast to discuss key elements to designing a log home floor plan and how it differs from a traditionally framed home.

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Worried your floor plan isn't truly complete? Wondering if there are any last minute changes you should make? 

This episode wraps up our mini series on design by offering thought provoking questions designed to help you evaluate your floor plan to ensure it will fit your lifestyle in the best possible way. 

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Today host Lindsay is joined by founder and owner of Caribou Creek Log Homes, David Byler, as we discuss HVAC systems, heating and cooling options for log cabins and log homes. 

We cover:

- How to design a log cabin floor plan with HVAC systems in mind

- Various heating and cooling options

- Strategies to hide HVAC ducts and units

- Cooling and heating efficiency

-Log home thermal mass and how it relates to heating and cooling


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So often, while dreaming of a log cabin, cabin lovers start planning out their design. Many often sketch out an ideal layout and make changes to it over the years as they ponder their dream home. Sometimes what happens is the perfect land and the perfect floor plan don't match up as dreamily as we hope. That is no problem for Caribou Creek draftsmen! We can adjust your floor plan to fit on your site. 

Today, our episode feature...

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Recently a Caribou Creek customer listed their dream home for sale because they are ready to downsize as they move into retirement.  After pouring their heart and sweat into their dream, they are sad to sell, but plan to build another log home that is easier to manage. 

This situation is something the owners of Caribou Creek have seen over the years. Clients build their dream home only to discover it isn't right for them in a f...

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Special guest Warren, shares the story of how he and his wife built their dream log home. He tells us about his experience finding and buying land and deciding on a log contractor. Because of his experience in construction, Warren acted as his own General Contractor so, he shares about this experience with that and some minor hiccups along the way.

What is so incredible to hear is about the awesome personal touches he and his wife ...

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This episode is for you if you are ready to dive into designing your dream log home floor plan! We cover four common challenges homeowners face when preparing for design or coming to a design meeting with their own ideas.

Some of these are actually funny, and they are ALL useful. You won't want to miss this episode!

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Not long ago, a couple stopped in, curious about what Caribou Creek offers. Their dream was about elegance, being closer to family, and building a forever home in a beautiful place they loved as they transition into retirement. 

Overlooking a beautiful nearby lake, the couple had chosen the perfect place to build and they were ready to begin des...

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Often people start out planning to build their dream log cabin, but in the process of shopping for land come across a cozy cabin that is perfect for them. Instead of building they end up buying an already existing log home.

Today we want to give you some pointers on things to look for when considering purchasing a log home. Also, a word of caution - Not all home inspectors are educated about log homes. Make sure you ask the inspect...

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Shopping for an already built home is drastically different from planning to build a custom log home. In this podcast episode host Lindsay discusses 3 tips everyone should know when planning to build a dream home instead of buying.

The beauty of shopping for homes is we have the luxury of seeing the home as it is and deciding what we like or what we don't. We can decide how our furniture will look and how we will use each room....

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Join us as Jon and Cathy, of Idaho, share their story of meeting in Turkey and traveling back and forth from the states to Turkey while she was teaching abroad. Cathy, having grown up in a military family, had fallen in love with log cabins while living in Alaska. In her early 20's she found a log home company in Eastern Texas and bought a book of floor plans which she kept with her all through the years as she traveled to Euro...

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True or False: Log homes are harder to insure because they are susceptible to fire damage?

Want to know the truth? Tune in to hear this interview with special guest is Bea Speakman who is an insurance agent with Speakman Agency with Idaho Farm Bureau Insurance. 

Bea and Lindsay discuss home insurance for log cabins as well as what the most common claims are on log homes.

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