Hands-on Log Homes: Cabins Built on Dreamsby Cindy Thiede, Arthur Thiede
This third book by popular log-home authors Cindy Thiede and Art Thiede brings the scale of log homes back to practical reality. It features owner-built homes, recycled log homes, and historical renovations. The Thiedes also show some stunning examples of personal details that make a home stand out. In addition, log builder Art Thiede lead teh reader through the… See more details below
This third book by popular log-home authors Cindy Thiede and Art Thiede brings the scale of log homes back to practical reality. It features owner-built homes, recycled log homes, and historical renovations. The Thiedes also show some stunning examples of personal details that make a home stand out. In addition, log builder Art Thiede lead teh reader through the steps of designing and constructing a small log building.
Filled with exceptional color photographs of log homes that reflect the personalities and lifestyles of their owners, Hands-on Log Homes tells of people with extraordinary stories of determination and purpose. Most of them had regular jobs and regular incomes, but for many, a handcrafted log home would not have been financially possible without the generous infusion of their own sweat equity. For others, taking on a house-building project with logs was the opportunity to challenge their own resourcefulness, vent powerful creative energy, and say loud and clear, "Yes, I can!"
Cindy Thiede and her husband, Art Thiede, have spent almost twenty years photographing and writing about log-home architecture in the United States. Not only have the couple designed, built, and recycled log homes for themselves and other clients, but they have crisscrossed the country three times over in their efforts to study and document the architectural legacy of logs.
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We wanted pictures and floor plans of small log homes built and designed at least in part by their owners, and our ads said so. We'd managed to put the word out in nearly half a dozen building publications around the country. When the mail started pouring in, Art and I were too anxious to read the letters, so they got tossed to the side while we raced through piles of point-amd-click pictures sent by anonymous owners. A few of the snapshots were good. Some were okay, but others were, well, snapshots! You know how it issome were dark, others were fuzzy, and some were dark and fuzzy! At the bottom of the stack, we'd often sit back and wonder what exactly we were looking for. We wanted small homes, or at least not big ones. Mostly we were looking for owners who were on a budget. We wanted them to be involved in homes that were doable and yet a little out of the ordinary. As it turned out, we were so busy looking for diamonds that we completely missed the pearls.
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