Life Keeps Getting Better

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This story tells how for one couple, log home "Life Keeps Getting Better." They were so fond of their Montana log cabin, they gave up living in Florida to make a full time move to their log home in Sula, Montana.

Nancy Anderson loves her log home that much. She’s so fond of her Montana log cabin that she’s made it home, and now has to travel once a month to her office in Miami, Florida, where she works in mergers and acquisitions. The couple were born and raised in southern Florida and lived there until they built their log cabin in Montana. Before his recent retirement and move to Big Sky Country, Ray owned a palm tree farm and landscaping business in the Sunshine State. The move to Montana happened after a vacation to the area. A year after their vacation, the Andersons found and bought 10 acres of land about 20 miles from Triple Creek Ranch. The following year, the Andersons broke ground on their cabin building project. Construction was delayed by wildfires and wasn’t totally completed until two to three years later. Now they live in the log cabin of their dreams.

Handcrafted log houses have been built for centuries in Scandinavia, Russia and Eastern Europe, and were typically built using only an axe and knife. The Scandinavian settlers of New Sweden brought the craft to North America in the early 18th century, where it was quickly adopted by other colonists and Native Americans. Possibly the oldest surviving log house in the United States is the C. A. Nothnagle Log House (circa 1640) in New Jersey.

A log house (or log home) is structurally identical to a log cabin (a house typically made from logs that have not been milled into conventional lumber). The term log cabin is not preferred by most contemporary builders, as it generally refers to a smaller, more rustic log house such as a hunting cabin in the woods, or a summer cottage. Log construction was the most common building technique in large regions of Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Baltic states and Russia, where straight and tall coniferous trees, such as pine and spruce, were readily available. In the warmer and more westerly regions of Europe, where deciduous trees were more dominant, timber framing was favoured instead. Some of the different types of log homes can include; handcrafted, which are typically made of logs that have been peeled, but essentially unchanged from their original appearance as trees; hewn logs, logs that are hewn by an axe to an oval, hexagonal, octagonal or rectangular section; sawn logs, logs that are sawn to a standard width, but with their original heights; milled (also known as machine profiled), made with a log house moulder, made with logs that have been run through a manufacturing process which then converts them into timbers which are consistent in size and appearance.

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