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How To Choose A Handcrafted Log Homes and Log Cabins Dreamhouse

Handcrafted Log Cabin Home

Handcrafted Log Cabin Home

Finally, the day has arrived. All your years of dreaming, saving money, and lining things up to be able to build your retreat, your getaway. You have spent years thinking about exactly what you want your perfect log cabin to look like. Mountain Ridge Log Homes – Custom Handcrafted Log Cabins are here to explain exactly how to communicate your desires to an expert. Keep reading to learn more.

The time has come that you are able to design and build your very own custom log cabin. The property was purchased years ago. A driveway was built in. Space created to erect the cabin. The well and septic installed. It’s all come down to now. Your very own, personal log cabin, built to fit your personality and lifestyle, your tastes, and your vision. You’ve thoroughly researched builders in your area. You’ve walked through model cabins and have even been invited to visit the private residence of an extremely satisfied customer. You’ve gotten positive feedback on their excellent customer service and their high quality and long-lasting materials. Yes, you’ve selected the company that will help you turn your dream into a reality.

There are some pretty critical factors to consider when communicating your desires to your builder:




*Usage and occupants


*Inner workings

Budget: Ahhhh the mighty dollar. The bottom line. That will determine much of what will go into the planning and eventual building of your cabin. You have no choice but to be completely transparent about your budget for this project. And you should expect the same from your builder. You all need to be on the up-and-up about DETAILS!

If you’ve done your research on building a log cabin, then you’ll have a better idea of what questions to ask and what line items to ensure the builder has included in the estimate/quote. Also, gather information from others who have built log cabins, from magazines and articles, and KNOW what to look for in that final quote, ensuring absolutely everything is included and no hidden or unexpected additions will incur down the road.

Size: Is your vision to build a 2000 sq ft cabin that can house 8 people on a weekend or are you going for a smaller, cozier feel so that it comfortably accommodates you and your spouse and an occasional guest or two? Have you reviewed floor plans (likely several hundred over the years) and narrowed down to a few that you can share with your builder so there’s a general idea of the size of the cabin? Size is going to be a HUGE factor in overall costs and in moving forward with the layout and design.

Materials: Here’s where you may be thinking, “I’ll just leave this up to the builder to determine.” Not so fast. Although they are certainly the experts at material options, you’re going to want to be informed and have some input into this decision. Your builder should be able to speak with you about kiln-dried versus air-dried logs, pressure-treated logs, and manufactured logs. Which materials are going to hold up the best and the longest in the type of elements that are typical for your area? Don’t determine logs based on the cheapest. If you want your home to last for decades and beyond, relay to your builder that quality materials are essential.

Usage and Occupants: Ensure your builder understands the intended use of your log cabin. It is for hunting? A summer weekend getaway? Your retirement home? Is it just you and your spouse or do you have a family of five that will be frequenting there? Knowing how often the cabin will be used and by whom are going to be extremely important factors in determining the design.

Style & Feel: You’ve spent a lot of years pouring over log cabins in magazines, ripping out pages of floor plans and interior designs that struck you. Share these with your builder! They need to be able to see the vision that you do so they can create it in real life. You don’t want to get to the end of the project, walk-in, and not feel ecstatic and completely at home. This is your DREAM coming to life! Share your personality, your lifestyle, your decorating ideas. Let your builder know your desire for creating a rustic cabin feel, with animal heads and skins adorning the walls. Or that you’re building because of the breathtaking view of the river you’re property runs into, and a wall of windows is super important to you.  Communicate that three children will be staying here and you want the loft area designed specifically for them. This is where you get to let your creativity run wild and those plans you’re in love with jump off the pages of the magazines and land directly into your cabin. Make this YOURS and don’t leave out details with your builder!

Inner Workings: I’m not sure if this is an actual term, but by inner workings, I mean the lighting, the heating system, the plumbing, the appliances. The seemingly less glamorous, but no less important, items to be discussed. Have you always envisioned a fireplace or would have to maintain a woodpile be a hassle? Do you want recessed lighting, oil lamps, rustic or modern-type lights? How about your appliances and your bathroom fixtures? These should align with the feel and style you’re trying to portray…rustic, modern, a combo of the two or some other style altogether. These “inner workings” should reflect continuity in the overall feel of the cabin. Ensure your builder is on top of your vision for these as well.

There are so many questions to ask, so much research to do, so many things to consider when building your custom log cabin. Working hand-in-hand with the builder you’ve so carefully selected will make this experience a memorable part of your journey. It may be a long, tedious process, but the end result of turning your dreams into reality will be so worth it!

The Benefits of Arts and Crafts

Benefits of Arts and Crafts

Children love arts and crafts; it gives them the chance to be creative and have some fun at the same time. Children do not usually realize they are learning at the same time, but arts and crafts can be good for their development too. You may not know just how helpful arts and crafts can be, but you will be helping your children in several ways if you ensure that it is part of their lives. Here are just a few of the benefits that getting your kids busy creating can bring.



Because enjoying arts and crafts together is fun, it means you get to spend quality time with your children, which is brilliant for bonding. When they are engrossed in some coloring, perhaps they will chat away without even thinking about it. This can give you an insight into the way they see things, which can be a huge help if they encounter a life issue such as bullying.


When it comes to creating something from your own mind, there are no rules to say what is right and wrong. Children will have the option to make whatever they want in the way they want. This often needs some self-control in instances where paints and glues may need drying time, for example. Also, things might not go as they had planned. This will teach them patience and to be flexible in their approach to life.

Fine Motor Coordination

In order to draw basic shapes, cut things out, and create patterns, your child will need to use their fine motor coordination. The coordination they learn from these arts and crafts will transfer to other tasks in their life, such as getting dressed and eating. Research has also found a link between good bilateral coordination and academic performance, as it is thought that it exercises the part of the brain that is needed for paying attention and thinking skills.

Using Both Hands

Have you ever noticed that very young children tend to use one hand and then the other? They very rarely use both hands at the same time unless they are taught to do so. That is where arts and crafts can help. If they want to learn sewing, or knitting, just as examples, these crafts require that both hands are used.

Crafting in the Digital Age

Getting creative and using their own initiative is an important skill that your children will need for so many other tasks in life. As many children learn to use the internet from a young age, it can be helpful for them to incorporate digital media into their arts and crafts projects. This can encourage self-confidence and build the foundations for strong IT abilities which they will need both at school and in the working world. You can start small by having them create their own birthday cards or invitations online, and you can find plenty of free templates to help them along the way.

The Expectations of Schools

There are some skills that schools will expect your children to have from their first day. Most parents will do their best to ensure that their children can eat properly, are toilet trained, and can be polite to their teachers. The extra skills that arts and crafts can teach them will also help them to reach the expectations that a school has of every child.

Birthday Invitation Design: 4 Easy Tips for Creating Invitations Your Child Will Love

Happy Birthday Invitation Designing

It’s your little one’s big day, and with all the excitement of a birthday comes the joys of planning a birthday party!

Whether your little one is five, 10, or 16, they want their party invitations to be something unique to them and their party. And as a parent, you want to choose the perfect invitations to hand out to all their friends and family.

Sure, you’ve seen the packs of party invites at the local party stores and such, but anyone can purchase those invitations. If you want to get creative while saving money, then you’ll want to create your own birthday invitation design!

Continue reading below for four tips on how to do just that.

  1. Decide on a Theme

The first step is to decide on a theme. This theme isn’t just for the invitations. We’re talking about the overall theme for the party.

It’s important that you know what the theme of the party is before designing your invites. This is because you’ll want your invites to match the birthday party’s theme. For example, if your little one decides that he or she wants a circus theme, then be sure to create invitations that represent a circus.

This gives your guests a bit of insight into what to expect from the party.

  1. Create Your Own

When deciding on your invitations, rather than buying a specific theme from a store, opt to create your own. For example, you can use Adobe Spark’s ecard for free and completely create your own design and invitation. Using a website like this allows you to have something unique to your child and their party.

You can decide on what the invitation says, where the text is placed, and more. Your little one will really love this idea because you can add their names onto the invitations.

  1. Get Original Shapes

Even though you’re already planning on being original by creating your own design, you can get even more original than that. By this point, you’re most likely thinking in your head that you have the perfect idea of what text, colors, and theme to use for your rectangular or square invite.

This is where true originality comes into play. Your invitations can take the shape of many different forms. For example, when sticking to a circus theme, your invitations can be in the shape of a circus tent or made to look like a ticket to the circus.

You can use the ticket idea for baseball theme parties, dance parties, and more. Provide each invited guest with their own ticket to the party! Invitations can be made to look like anything, there’s really no limit.

  1. Use Photos

Our last tip for designing your own birthday party invitations is to use photos. Take your favorite photograph of your little one and turn it into an invitation. Depending on what the party theme is, you can take new pictures of your child that go along with the theme and use those pictures on the invitations.

For example, if you’re having a farm party, you can dress him or her in farmer clothes or as a cowboy or cowgirl and take some fun photos. Your guests will love receiving these cute pictures, and your child will love them as well.

What’s Your Birthday Invitation Design?

What birthday invitation design will you choose for your little one’s party? When deciding to create and design your own, the options are endless. Be sure to keep these tips in mind and always include your child in the decision process.

He or she will love the idea of helping you create the perfect unique invites! And for more birthday party fun, be sure to check out what printable activities we have available for you!