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Log Home Secrets of Success: An Insider’s Guide to Making Your Dream Home a Reality
by Roland Sweet
A savvy guide that takes you from dreaming of a log home to actually building and living comfortably in one. Industry insider Roland Sweet reveals tips and insights about the various facets of designing a log home, selecting a log-home producer and evaluating log packages. Plus you’ll get real-world advice on calculating costs, what to look for when buying land, making energy-wise decisions, the importance of assembling a team that shares your vision, working with a builder and much more. An invaluable resource, complete with photos, advice from log-home owners and an extensive and useful appendix.
“Sweet (editor in chief, Log Home Living magazine; 100 Best Log Home Floor Plans) shares a wealth of practical advice and tips to consider when building a log home. He includes detailed pros and cons, along with information on log home construction. This book is key for anyone considering a log home—a romantic and perfectly attainable dream.”
“Log Home Secrets of Success is invaluable in helping sort through the hype and sometimes conflicting information that can befuddle and discourage log-home enthusiasts. I can think of no better place to start (or re-start) the quest for your own log home than in these pages.”
— Jim Cooper, former log-home builder and the author of Log Homes Made Easy
“This is one tool that every prospective log-home buyer should have before they begin their search for that dream home. Roland has cut through all the log-home propaganda with his usual sense of humor in this concise, informative, research tool. I highly recommend it.”
— Eric Gordon, Vice President – Maple Island Log Homes
Author Roland Sweet
Roland Sweet was a respected author, editor and 30-year veteran of the log home industry. In 1989 he was named the founding editor of Log Home Living magazine, and over the years he served as editor of Log Homes Illustrated, Timber Homes Illustrated, and Distinctive Wood Homes. His book, Log Home Secrets of Success, was released in 2010. Through his writing and his workshops at log home shows, Roland helped thousands of people realize their own dream of living in a log home.
The log home industry lost a legend when in July 2015 Roland passed away suddenly. We will miss you, Roland ... your quick wit, your wisdom and your generosity.
224 pages • 7½ x 9 pb
illustrated • 2010
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Rex and LaVonne Ewing
How we ended up here
In 1999, after publishing a best-selling book on horse nutrition, we relocated our new publishing company several miles off the beaten path to a place of breathtaking views and endless wildlife. But no utilities. And so we began the odyssey of handcrafting a home from a pile of trees and learned how to harness the sun and wind to provide the energy. We then transformed our hard-won knowledge into a couple of popular graphic-packed renewable energy books. Soon afterwards we added more authors to our lineup and expanded our range of topics.
What we publish
PixyJack Press publishes non-fiction titles about nature...the wild and not-so-wild:
• renewable energy and sustainable living
• log home planning and building
• wildfire readiness and recovery
• fire safety at home
• bear smart advice
• simple horse nutrition
• Costa Rica nature and history
All in all, PixyJack Press is rather ‘green’ when it comes to our list of environmental titles and our reliance on renewable energy. Even Publishers Weekly took note of this unique combination in the article, "Green and Off the Grid," by Bridget Kinsella (2009).
But since the real-life adoption of renewable energy transcends petty politics, readers never know that our authors come from both ends of the political spectrum; guilt trips are left at the door.
Every good book starts with an articulate, passionate author who effectively puts together thousands of words to inspire and inform.
Renewable Energy: Rex Ewing, Doug Pratt, Gregory McNamee, Donal B. Lloyd
Bears: Linda Masterson, Sylvia Dolson
Costa Rica: Jack Ewing
Fire & Wildfire: Einar Jensen, Linda Masterson
Log Homes: Roland Sweet, Rex Ewing
Horse Nutrition: Rex Ewing