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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. ...
 
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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…
 
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 p…
 
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 f…
 
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…
 
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 be…
 
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 wha…
 
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 th…
 
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 break…
 
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. Purchased The Ultimate Log Home Planning Guide for only $19.95* here - https://cariboucreek.com/pre-order-your-ultimate-log-home-planning-guide/ …
 
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. Find the Ultimate Log Home Planning Guide H…
 
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 heat…
 
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 draftsme…
 
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.…
 
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.…
 
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! This episode is sponsored by Car…
 
Read the blog to see pictures: https://cariboucreek.com/hybrid-dovetail-timber-frame/ 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,…
 
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 …
 
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 w…
 
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 …
 
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. www.FarmBureauSandpoint.com Bea and Lindsay discuss home insurance for log cabins as wel…
 
How many log home dreams have been squelched because cabin lovers were told that log homes aren't energy efficient and can't meet code requirements? I'm betting a lot! Todays podcast is diving into this topic and revealing the truth. Be sure to leave us a review on iTunes to be entered to win a YETI! When you think of how many log homes are built c…
 
Due to the complexity of modern log homes, construction methods have needed to upgrade. Anymore, log homes that settle are not the most effective way to build. Non-settling log home construction is an engineered system that keeps the logs from moving in relation to the ground. Slip joints, plumbing, settling joints, and more can be wiped out of the…
 
David Byler, founder of Caribou Creek Log Homes, joins us on the podcast today to tell his story. - How he and his brothers started the company and why - How he renovated an old homestead log cabin and turned it into a home three times the size for his family. - What his next dream home will be. - Briefly touches on Caribou Creeks Construction meth…
 
In this episode Founder and Owner David Byler shares a recent experience he had with a local custom home builder in Coeur d'Alene who had taken a set of our plans and bid it out for a stick frame home just to compare it to our prices. The truth will surprise you! It certainly left us all jaw-dropped! David Byler founded Caribou Creek Log Homes in 1…
 
Maybe it’s Covid or maybe people are just fed up with the city and ready to head to the country to realize their dream of living in a log cabin. Whatever the reason is, countless people are packing up and moving all over the country. There is evidence of this in real estate trends and contractors schedules. We’ve polled land brokers and realtors ac…
 
Buying land can be one of the most frustrating parts of building a dream home! We have frequently seen projects get postponed or worse, even dropped altogether because people can't find the land they need to build on. Even more disturbing, we have even seen clients buy land - be excited and ready to start planning and building, just to find out the…
 
Are you ready to build your log cabin dream, but are struggling to find the right location? Have you been searching endlessly online trying to find a land parcel that meets your vision? Or, maybe you are trying to relocate from one state to another and are struggling to find people to help you! Finding land can be one of the hardest parts of the pr…
 
Have you been dreaming of a log cabin but you aren’t sure if you can afford it? Or maybe you have heard that log homes are more expensive than traditional homes and just counted them out as an option for you. Listen to this episode because you will see that log homes are more affordable than you may think! The Ultimate Log Home Planning Guide -->> …
 
Caribou Creek Log Home customer Christine Holbert shares how she dreamt of living in a log home since she was a child. She tells her story of how she found land and the process she went through to find builders despite having no prior knowledge of construction or overseeing the building of a custom home. Check out her website www.losthorsepress.org…
 
Tune In To Hear The steps I took to turn my vision into a reality. I could have let countless things de-rail my plans for my log cabin dream, but I held fast to my vision with these useful tips! People from all walks of life dream of living in a log cabin - sometimes for more than a decade. Too often we discount the dream as not significant, when i…
 
As a new office manager at Caribou Creek, I would often take phone calls from people inquiring about a log home. So many of them sounded like they had been doing an immense amount of research and were very committed to the idea of building a log home. Find out why many of them end up going another direction. The answer may surprise you! Tags: Log C…
 
Have you wondered not just when you will attain your log cabin dream, but IF it will ever happen? Or, do you have a family and a life in the city and you have no idea how you could ever leave that life for a log cabin in the woods? Episode 1 features our host Lindsay's story of how she achieved a log cabin dream that she and her husband had been th…
 
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