Blue Ridge Log Cabins http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com No Assembly Required Log Homes Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:49:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Picture Yourself in a Blue Ridge Jocassee Log Home http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/picture-yourself-in-a-blue-ridge-jocassee-log-home/ http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/picture-yourself-in-a-blue-ridge-jocassee-log-home/#comments Fri, 21 Dec 2012 11:52:01 +0000 http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/?p=3500 jocassee 5 web 300x225 Picture Yourself in a Blue Ridge Jocassee Log Home

If you’ve been dreaming of living in a log cabin home, now is the time to bring your dreams to reality. Our log cabin home builders have created the top of the line homes for the best level of family comfort. Our team at Blue Ridge Log Cabins is passionate about the log cabins we build for our customers, and we just know that you’ll love our Jocassee series for its wide range of options.

About the Jocassee Log Cabin Home

The Jocassee log cabin series features an A-frame construction that maximizes views of the great outdoors. Decking goes all the way around the home so that your family can make the most of outdoor and indoor living spaces. Choose from three or four bedroom floor plans to accommodate the size of your family. Other rooms include a loft, a master suite, an expansive kitchen, and a family-sized dining room. With square footage ranging from 2,109 to 3,059, there will be plenty of room for your family to grow in your new home.

Construction of Log Cabin Homes

* Log cabin homes offer superior construction, renewable building materials, and a level of quality that is second to none.
* These long-lasting homes are more durable than traditional construction and are better able to handle whatever Mother Nature has in store.
* Due to the thermal mass of wood, log cabin homes are more energy efficient than homes built of other building materials.
* If you choose, your home can be built to Energy Star standards, meaning that it will consume 30% less energy than comparable homes built with standard materials.
* You will also enjoy a greater level of peace and quiet, as the solidness of wood log construction blocks the transfer of sound from the outdoors.

A log home does not have to exist only in your dreams. Our home specialists at Blue Ridge Log Cabins are here to help you in planning for your future in one of our Jocassee log homes. For more information on how you and your family can move into your new log cabin home, call us today at 888-563-3275.

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Log Cabin Decorating Ideas from Blue Ridge http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/log-cabin-decorating-ideas-from-blue-ridge/ http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/log-cabin-decorating-ideas-from-blue-ridge/#comments Fri, 30 Nov 2012 11:56:33 +0000 http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/?p=3490 log cabin highlands series 12 Log Cabin Decorating Ideas from Blue Ridge

Just because your log cabin is made of wood doesn’t mean that everything inside has to feel rustic. Log cabins are just like any other home—you can decorate them to your heart’s content based on your personal style and taste. At Blue Ridge Log Cabins, we love helping our customers turn their ideas into realities. Here are a few cabin decorating ideas from our team that you can use in your new log home.

Stone Accents

Wood and stone look beautiful when placed together; in fact, we think there hasn’t been a better pair since bread and butter. Stone accents—like on patios, around fireplaces, and along walls—can really accentuate areas that you’re proud of in your home. Depending on the stone type and color, they can even add an extra pop of color to your decorating scheme.

Utilize Area Rugs

Most log cabins come equipped with wood flooring, with no carpet in sight. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to give up carpeting forever! Area rugs are an inexpensive and fun way to decorate your space, and can help reduce noise levels if you’re planning on entertaining.

Play Up the Color

Most likely, your log cabin home will only come with one color—the color of the wood you chose. While this may sound like a bad thing for decorating purposes, it actually gives you a lot of room to work. Find fun colors that complement your wooden walls and go as crazy with them as you like! Warm colors go especially well with the rich brown tones you find in cabin wood.

Go Modern

Your log home is yours to decorate, and there are no rules that say you have to use only wooden or rustic-looking furniture. Modern light fixtures (and especially those that use rod iron) make for a great statement in any room.  Modern-looking coffee tables, wall decorations, and even furniture help transform your space into something completely unique.

When you’re ready for a new log cabin home, Blue Ridge Log Cabins is here for you. We are the leading log home builders in the country and have floor plans that will fit anyone’s style. For more decorating tips or for information on our log cabins, call our team at 888-563-3275 today!

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A Short History of Presidents and Log Cabins http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/a-short-history-of-presidents-and-log-cabins/ http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/a-short-history-of-presidents-and-log-cabins/#comments Tue, 06 Nov 2012 12:51:29 +0000 http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/?p=3487 Few things are as iconically American as the frontier log cabin. This home type was one of the preferred models for the pioneers when they first set foot on the new continent that had a seemingly endless supply of trees. Of the United States’ 44 presidents, seven of them have been born in log homes, further imprinting the log cabin into the image of traditional Americana.

The first president to be born in a cabin was the 7th president, Andrew Jackson. In 1767, Andew Jackson was born in a cabin on the Crawford plantation in South Carolina. This location, west of the Appalachian Mountains, made Jackson the first president elected from that side of the range, which was then still considered the wild frontier. Though the cabin no longer stands, a historical marker can be seen.

The 12th President of the United States, Zachary Taylor, was born in a secondary log cabin on the Montebello plantation in Virginia in 1784. You can visit the historical marker planted at the site near modern Gordonsville, Virginia, but the Montebello plantation is currently privately owned, and not open to the public.

In 1800, the future 13th President, Millard Fillmore, was born in a cabin in Moravia, New York. If you plan to make a visit, note that the original cabin no longer stands. It was torn down in 1852, but you can go to the Fillmore Glen State Park in New York and see a replica that was constructed in the picturesque park in 1965.

James Buchanan was the 15th President. He was born in rural Pennsylvania in a cabin near the Cove Gap area and the Stony Batter complex in 1791. Like others who were born in log cabins at the time, Buchanan’s birth was considered to be on the frontier, though the Stony Batter settlement was a thoroughfare for many travelers through the region. Today, a state park exists where the cabin once stood, and like other log cabins, it did not survive the centuries, but a memorial pyramid made of stone stands on the former location of the cabin.

Perhaps one of the most famous presidents born in the country in a cabin was Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. In 1809, Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln welcomed young Abraham into the world in their cabin located on the Sinking Spring farm near modern Hodgenville, Kentucky. The family lived on the farm for two years before moving to the Knob Creek farm in 1811. You can still see a model of the original cabin inside the marble monument at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park.

Next in line to be born in a log home was the hero of the Union during the Civil War Ulysses S Grant, who became the 18th president of the United States.  He was born Hiram Ulysses Grant in 1822 in Point Pleasant, Ohio. After constant teasing about his initials (HUG), Hiram Ulysses became Ulysses S Grant upon entering West Point. If you want to take a look at the modest, three room cottage where Grant was born, take a trip up to Ohio and see the restored original.

The presidency of James Garfield marked the end of frontier, log cabin-born presidents. He was born in 1831 in a log cabin near Orange Township, which is today near Moreland Hills, Ohio. While others moved from their original birthplaces during their childhood, Garfield remained at his family home until 1859, when he was elected to the state Senate. Sadly, his term as President lasted only 200 days, cut short by an assassin’s bullet. A replica of the original log cabin stands on the site today.

While their birthplaces may have been primitive by today’s standards, the modern log cabins from Blue Ridge Log Cabins have all the amenities you can find in other high-quality homes of today. Modular log cabins are even available should you want to move into your new home quickly. If you want to start your own American dream in a log home, call us today at 888-563-3275.

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U.S. Presidents and Log Cabins http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/u-s-presidents-and-log-cabins/ http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/u-s-presidents-and-log-cabins/#comments Tue, 30 Oct 2012 12:03:26 +0000 http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/?p=3478 andrew jackson U.S. Presidents and Log CabinsAbraham Lincoln U.S. Presidents and Log Cabins

In honor of the proceedings that are about to be held in a few weeks, we here at Blue Ridge Log Cabins thought it would be appropriate to salute our founding fathers, especially the ones who had the same passion and love for log cabins as we do.

Fun fact: Did you know that 7 U.S. Presidents were actually born in log cabins? They are as follows:

Andrew Jackson (who was the FIRST President to be born in a log cabin)

Zachary Taylor

Millard Fillmore

James Buchanan

Abraham Lincoln (iconic to the Lincoln Logs childhood game)

Ulysses S. Grant

James A. Garfield

They were born in what we still consider today as an American tradition of hope, prosperity, and growth. We want to thank all the men who have served this country as President. We not only consider them our nation’s founding fathers, but our industry’s founding fathers as well.

At Blue Ridge Log Cabins, we specialize in building log homes for families across the country. You can learn more about our homes by visiting our floor plans page or by giving us a call at 888-563-3275. We’d love to talk to you and answer your questions!

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Blue Ridge Log Cabins is Everywhere You Are http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/blue-ridge-log-cabins-is-everywhere-you-are/ http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/blue-ridge-log-cabins-is-everywhere-you-are/#comments Fri, 12 Oct 2012 12:07:06 +0000 http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/?p=3474 blue ridge log cabin 300x225 Blue Ridge Log Cabins is Everywhere You AreIn the past, log cabin builders often faced a variety of challenges, including logistics, when creating a beautiful log home. All too often, people who wanted a log cabin were left with few choices for location, as the home would always have to be built near wood resources. This left builders in a quandary – how could they offer quality homes at great prices anywhere in the country?

Thankfully, Blue Ridge Log Cabins has the solution with our no assembly required log homes. No matter where you are, Blue Ridge Log Cabins can deliver and construct your new log cabin on site, even if you’re hundreds of miles from our facility. Our manufacturing process allows us to quickly and easily create amazing homes affordable, meaning you save money while getting the log cabin you’ve always dreamed of.

In fact, our manufacturing and delivery process is so efficient and effective that we’ve been able to deliver and setup homes in both Colorado and Arkansas – in the same week! Just imagine what we can do for you. Whether you’re looking for the perfect mountain retreat or you want to finally have the summer vacation home of your dreams, Blue Ridge Log Cabins can make it happen fast.

The secret to our success is that we pre-manufacture your home in our state-of-the-art facility, then our experts deliver your home and set it up for you, all while you relax. Once you’ve worked with one of our design professionals to find the log cabin that matches your needs, we set to work, carefully and painstakingly crafting each element of your new log cabin to your specifications. Once we’ve created your home, our drivers can quickly deliver it to your site, regardless of location.

If you’d like to find out more information about our amazing log homes and fantastic offers, give us a call today at 888-563-3275. You can also visit us on the web. While you’re on our site, you can browse through examples of some of our most beautiful log homes, peruse our design center and learn more about our manufacturing process and our facility. Remember, Blue Ridge Log Cabins can deliver to your site, no matter where it is, so don’t allow location to hold you back any longer. Let Blue Ridge Log Cabins give you the log home you deserve today!

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Energy Efficiency & Keeping Up with Codes http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/energy-efficiency-keeping-up-with-codes/ http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/energy-efficiency-keeping-up-with-codes/#comments Fri, 28 Sep 2012 11:44:31 +0000 http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/?p=3459 Energy codes continue to change from the previous slow adoption fad to the current “Code Requirements” that have been mandated by many states regarding new construction. Blue Ridge Log Cabins has been a premiere log cabin building company for 20 years, and our knowledge and capabilities allow us to offer our customers “Green Certified” homes. We’ve been building these homes ever since the title “Green Certified” became available through the National Association of Home Builders.

Recently, Blue Ridge Log Cabins was asked to build a home in Massachusetts, which has very stringent energy codes for new construction. We were definitely up for the challenge, but this project would require a HERS Rater to certify that we would meet the thermal enclosure checklist requirements. So we called in the experts: Lora Corder and Charlene Morrow, owners of Green River, an environmental consulting agency. Not only were these women familiar with our company, but in 2010 when we built a conference center for the DOE (Department of Energy) at Oak Ridge Laboratory in Tennessee, Green River conducted the blower door test and provided infrared imaging of each room with their special camera equipment. Green River’s test results showed that our log cabin conference center was so air tight, it required us to add a fresh air intake system.

After examining the home thoroughly, Lora and Charlene concluded that the home would comply with the codes, and praised Blue Ridge, saying, “Blue Ridge Log Cabins is far exceeding in adopting green initiatives than most other companies.” Many businesses and builders try to get around incorporating green elements due to the cost and time involved. Green initiatives often require a meticulous building process that takes more time than a regular construction project. But at Blue Ridge Log Cabins, we are dedicated to seeing our green projects through, ensuring that they are up to code and will help your family save on energy costs. What is most important to remember for homeowners is that being preemptive and going forward—starting off green—saves you money in the long run.

Blue Ridge Log Cabins is always on the lookout for the next wave of energy-efficient practices and we continually strive to make sure your cabin is a lasting lifetime investment. For more information on our “Green Certified” log cabin homes, contact us today by calling 888-563-3275 or filling out our convenient online form. 

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Log Homes Reach Celebrity Status http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/log-homes-reach-celebrity-status/ http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/log-homes-reach-celebrity-status/#comments Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:10:56 +0000 http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/?p=3456 You probably already know that log homes are beautiful and durable, but did you know that they have a surprising celebrity history? The fact is, champion boxer Muhammad Ali used log cabins as the basis for his famous training camp, located in Deer Lake, PA, right outside of Philadelphia.

Ali’s massive camp was home to 18 amazing log homes, and the camp itself could house up to 100 people at a time. The property was so gorgeous and inviting that other celebrities of Ali’s era often came to visit, including famous musicians Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. When building the camp, Ali placed the names of famous boxers from the past and present on large boulders surrounding the property, and each one was meant to be a reminder that there was always more work to be done. Perhaps Ali’s log cabin retreat is the reason why he is still considered “The Greatest of All Time” to this very day.

At Blue Ridge Log Cabins, we know exactly why Muhammad Ali chose to incorporate log homes into his camp – because they simply work. As a professional log cabin builder with years of experience, Blue Ridge Log Cabins recognizes that log homes are beautiful, long-lasting and customizable, and they’re perfect for any housing situation. Whether you’re interested in a cozy mountain retreat for the summer or you just want a home that will look great for many years to come, log cabins are the perfect solution.

Our experts build to your specifications or you can choose from one of our many exciting floor plans. Our goal is to deliver 100% customer satisfaction, and we’ll work with you to achieve the log home you’ve always dreamed of. From classic log cabin designs to modern log homes, we’ve got them all at affordable prices. We save you money by constructing all materials in our state-of-the-art factory, meaning less down time, increased productivity and superior products.

If you’re interested in finding out more information on how you can have the log cabin of your dreams, contact the experts at Blue Ridge Log Cabins today! We can be reached at 888-563-3275 or online. In addition to our great log homes, we’re also a premium broker of land, so even if you just have an idea for a log cabin at this point, our professionals can help you get the process started today!

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A Short History of the Log Cabin http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/a-short-history-of-the-log-cabin/ http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/a-short-history-of-the-log-cabin/#comments Mon, 27 Aug 2012 11:35:41 +0000 http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/?p=3450 342  320x sitton finished 001 A Short History of the Log Cabin61  320x213 100 1360 1 A Short History of the Log Cabin

The idea of building the walls of a house by stacking logs horizontally occurred to the Roman architects in the first century, and log cabin home builder Blue Ridge Log Cabins can build one for you that is greatly superior. Following a practice seen in nature to use natural materials that were strong as well as beautiful, the Roman architects were continuing a practice that actually originated thousands of years earlier in the northern regions of Eastern Europe. The cabin built with logs is often considered an American, but the settlers from Germany, Russia and the Scandinavian countries were responsible for building them.

The earliest log homes in the United States were probably built in the early 1600’s by Swedish settlers in present day Delaware. They were accustomed to having an abundance of quality logs, and they were adept at refining the construction methods that made a home secure. Immigrants from Scotland and Ireland had little access to large trees and were unfamiliar with cabin construction methods, but they adopted them quickly. English settlers chose to build home styles that were more familiar to them.America is a nation of immigrants, and your ancestors may have contributed to the establishment of the rustic cabin as the most popular style home. Blue Ridge Log Cabins, an authority in cabin design and construction, carries on the traditions that each nationality brought to the New World. Techniques for joining the logs solidly at the corners were central to the construction of the cabins. With an abundance of natural resources in the New World, the early settlers chose old-growth trees that were tall, straight and without limbs or knots.

Three areas that were of most concern to the builders were the corners, the cracks and vertical stability. By using straight logs with regular dimensions, the builders were able to fill the cracks between the logs with a mixture of wood chips and mud. Securing the corners and making the walls solid were more serious matters, and they developed various ways of notching to hold the logs together vertically and at the corners.

The log cabin is a treasured legacy in America history, and its space of less than 300 square feet is now expanded to luxury dwellings for the descendants of the immigrants who brought the log cabin to America. Call Blue Ridge Log Cabins at 888-563-3275 to get a cabin of your own.

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The Advantages of a Log Home Over a Conventional Home http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/the-advantages-of-a-log-home-over-a-conventional-home/ http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/the-advantages-of-a-log-home-over-a-conventional-home/#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2012 15:11:48 +0000 http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/?p=3448 Although many people associate log cabins with the past, they are making a comeback. Traditional log cabin homes have many advantages over conventional homes, making them of interest to people who are looking for highly sustainable homes. Blue Ridge Log Cabins builds sturdy and spacious log homes to your specifications.

Log Homes Are More Sustainable
Log homes are more sustainable–meaning that they don’t deplete as many natural resources and are better for the environment. There are a couple of reasons why these types of homes are more sustainable.

Log homes are built out of trees, which are a renewable resource. Trees can be re-planted and regrown. They’re not like coal or other finite resources that can be easily depleted.

Wood contains carbon. When a tree stands in the forest, carbon is emitted from the tree and into the air, which is not good for the environment. However, if you use the wood to build a home, that wood doesn’t emit carbon. So you reduce carbon emissions when you build your home out of logs.

Many log homes are built out of standing dead timber. This ensures that the timber is used and not wasted.

In addition to all of these environmental advantages, modular log cabins last longer than brick homes. This means that fewer resources are used overall when people build their homes out of wood rather than out of bricks.

Finally, these homes are 30 percent more energy efficient. Wood naturally stores heat; a wood home will remain warmer in winter than other types of homes.

Log Homes Are Safer During a Storm
Trees are used to stormy weather; no tree would last very long if it couldn’t stand up to wind and rain. Similarly, homes that are made out of logs are strong enough to withstand storms. While hurricanes and tornados may destroy other types of homes, log cabins tend to withstand even the worst damage. Some log cabins have even been known to withstand damage from trees falling on them during particularly bad storms.

Log Homes Are Easy to Build
If the environmental advantages don’t appeal to you, perhaps you’ll want to get a log home because it is so easy to build. The frame can be built in two weeks, so your home won’t be as exposed to the elements, and you’ll be less likely to have mold or mildew problems.

Log cabins have so many advantages over conventional homes that you should consider building one right away. Log cabin home builder Blue Ridge Log Cabins is pleased to build your home for you. Call 888-563-3275 to order your home today.

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An Overview of the Jocassee Series Log Cabin http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/an-overview-of-the-jocassee-series-log-cabin/ http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/an-overview-of-the-jocassee-series-log-cabin/#comments Mon, 30 Jul 2012 11:47:50 +0000 http://www.blueridgelogcabins.com/?p=3444 Whether it’s for a cozy cabin or an expansive mansion, a log cabin home builder can do no better than our Jocassee Series modular log cabins. At Blue Ridge Log Cabins, we pride ourselves on the quality of our construction and provide our customers with the best quality home in the industry.

Unlike traditional log cabin homes or kits, our log homes are constructed to 90% completion in our facility before they are dismantled and shipped to our customers. This provides superior workmanship and quality control, thus enabling us to provide our customers with the best warranty in the industry. In addition, it ensures that the quality of our homes is far superior to any other available.

Since our log cabins are 90% complete when they arrive on site, the building contractor will require less time on site and the home will be ready for occupancy much sooner.

Our spacious Jocassee homes are available in five models with either a three or four bedroom floor plan, from 1914 to 3028 square feet, and amenities such as a ground floor master bedroom with a whirlpool tub in the master bath and vaulted ceilings throughout. Several deck and porch options are available, making this an ideal home for entertaining. The deck and porch options are selected at the time the home is ordered and will be constructed on site.

The extensive use of windows provides an airy and spacious feel to these spectacular homes, while the use of energy-efficient glass makes them a green choice for our environment. Their A-frame construction makes these homes ideally suited for snowy climates as does their use of durable hardwood for flooring and walls.

Our pricing includes all the amenities such as appliances, flooring, trim, mirrors, electrical and plumbing. The price to our customer will be exact, with no surprises at completion.

If you are in the market for a log home, call the premier provider of them, Blue Ridge Log Cabins, at (888) 563-2375.

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