Johnson's Log Home and Timber Show at the Olympic Center

LAKE PLACID The iconic one-room log cabin Abe Lincoln lived in as a boy has experienced an extreme makeover. Todays log homes are no longer dark, low-ceilinged and claustrophobic. Rather, todays interiors feature 2,000 square-feet, vaulted ceilings, porches, large windows and up to six bedrooms. Residents of the Adirondacks and its surrounding communities whove always dreamed of living in a log or timber frame home or enjoy the rustic lifestyle and simple, elegant furnishings they afford are invited to spend time with the industry's top log home and timber frame builders, interior designers and home financers at Johnsons Log Home and Timber Frame Show, Oct. 10-12 at the Olympic Center. The three-day show will run Friday from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and children under 18 are free. Admission is valid for the duration of the show. Whether youre fact-gathering as you search for land, selecting the manufacturer and dealer to build your dream, or living in your log home and always on the lookout for just the right furniture and accessories, this show will offer something for everyone, said Log Home and Timber Frame Shows Owner Eric Johnson, whose Queensbury-based firm produces similar shows throughout the country including Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts, the nation's other top log home producing states. Exhibitors will be on hand to assist visitors with construction and financing questions. They will also provide great d_r ideas, reveal the latest log home accessories and showcase one-of-a-kind lodge and rustic furniture made by local artisans. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own home plans and ideas to be reviewed by the industrys experts. Attendees will also be able to take in a variety of demonstrations and seminars held throughout the weekend on topics such as rustic interior design, home financing, and choosing your log or timber frame home company. According to the Log Homes Council of the National Association of Home Builders, log homes have been gaining in popularity as modern homes since the 1960s. Today there are more than 500,000 families living in log homes in the U.S. and Canada with an additional 25,000 new log home owners being added each year, up from around 7,000 in the mid-1980s. The nations rising energy prices are one important reason home seekers are giving log and timber frame homes a closer look. Many of the nation's leading log home builders are offering ENERGY STAR labeled homes that cost 30% less to heat and cool than conventional new homes. Log and timber frame homes are extremely energy efficient, explained Johnson. Once the logs heat up they retain their warmth leading to dramatically reduced heating bills. The same things leading people back to comfort food are also drawing them to warm, comfy log homes, said Johnson, noting that costs to build a log home range from $125 to more than $1,000 per square-foot, depending upon the type of log, style of home and amenities. Log cabins symbolize an escape or retreat into a rustic living space where a crackling fireplace provides warmth and nature awaits you at your doorstep. For additional information, please call (866) 607-4108 or go to www.loghomeshows.com.

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