Artisan Restoration Introduction Video

April 26, 2018

Check out our great introductory video on Artisan Restoration!


Barn Home Insulating Options

April 2, 2018

Insulating options for a barn home conversion range from simple fiberglass batts to super-insulated SIP panels. The main issue of course is that you want to have as much of the timber frame exposed and still have a good vapor barrier inside with a tight air barrier outside. The two best insulation envelopes that I […]


We’re hiring!

March 12, 2018

Artisan Restoration is hiring for three new positions! Watch the video to learn about what we do at Artisan Restoration and then scroll down for the job descriptions.   Project Leader/Lead Carpenter Lead experience in carpentry or related field required, farm background is a plus. Benefits include per diem expenses, travel pay, 4 day work […]


Rumford Fireplace Conversion

February 18, 2018

Real wood burning fireplaces are nearly extinct as far as new construction is concerned. The main reason for this is the energy code which doesn’t see them as being very energy efficient. I think the other reason is the lack of consumer interest in doing the work required to burn wood because it’s much easier […]


Antique Log Cabins and the Invention of Indoor Plumbing

February 13, 2018

Most pioneer cabins started as small structures so they could be completed quickly before the next winter settled in. Most were about 16 to 20 feet wide and 24 to 30 feet long with a one and a half story design so the second floor could be used for bedrooms in the smaller cabins. As […]


Converting a Barn into a Home

January 15, 2018

  The idea converting an old timber frame barn into a home is a great way to create a rustic one of a kind custom home. Thanks to shows like Barnwood Builders and others like it the idea doesn’t seem so far fetched as it did 40 years ago when I built mine. Today barn […]


Welcome to the Log Blog!

December 12, 2017

Hi, I’m Mark Johnson, owner of Artisan Restoration. I keep pretty busy traveling around the country restoring old barns and cabins. It’s a passion. I’ve decided to start this Log Blog to write about my work and post pictures of the cabins and barns I find.  I’ll also be using this Log Blog to discuss […]