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Bears Den is a home-based quilting and log home business, operating from a log cabin near Pierre, South Dakota since 1996.

Our log packages are designed for the South Dakota prairie. Kiln-dried, double tongue & groove logs with saddle notch corners bolted together with through-bolts make weather tight walls. Natural tapered, hand peeled beams, trusses, posts, and railing add a rustic feel to the milled full round wall logs.

Many of our customers are Owner-Builders or Self-Contractors who want to do all or some of the building themselves. Design and planning assistance plus on-site technical support from an experienced log builder makes building it yourself or using a local contractor and local suppliers an attractive choice.

In addition to our custom log home packages and log cabin kits, we supply custom true half log siding and log accents including log beams, log trusses, log stairs and northern white cedar log railing for rustic remodels or new projects.


Efficiency and Rustic Atmosphere

Full Log Construction with Enercept Saving SIP Roof

Full SIP Construction with Half Log Siding and Log Beams

Full Log Construction with Enercept Saving SIP Roof Full SIP Construction with Half Log Siding and Log Beams

As a dealer for ENERCEPT Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), we are able to incorporate their strong, super insulated foam panels into the design of your log home roof system and provide on-site technical support for the SIP installation as well.

Full log construction with Enercept saving SIP roof or Full SIP construction with half log siding.

Enercept SIPs also provide an excellent strategy for building a super-insulated log home meeting the criteria for various “Green” and “Energy Star” construction programs.

Covering the SIP wall panels with half-log siding and using log beams to support the SIP roof along with other log accents preserves the unique feel of a log home and significantly improves energy efficiency beyond our already efficient full-log construction, giving you the best of both worlds


Start the Adventure

To get the best results and provide the best service, Bears Den treats all log home plans as custom plans. Gathering information and sending preliminary drawings back and forth for approval can take several months, but it's the only way to design the log home that's right for you. We'll start with your sketch or one of our log home plans combined with your ideas. As we go through the process, using experienced log designers, your ideas, and our log building experience, the perfect plan will evolve.

Plan deposit amounts are based on the size and complexity of your home. They usually run from $1.50 to $3.00 per square foot of estimated living space. The plan deposit is credited to the log package cost when the order to cut logs is placed. But it doesn't cost anything to talk about building and living in a log home, so call Mike today at 605-224-4423 with any questions you may have.

Ann Sines is a free-lance writer, artist and quilt-maker. She creates custom quilts, teaches quilt classes, paints on cloth and keeps the dogs in line.


Mike Sines is a retired Police Captain and experienced log home builder working in the Dakotas and surrounding states.

The business name came from our first Alaskan Malamute, Bear. Bear was followed by Mato ("bear" in Lakota). Sophie, his sister from a later litter, was 8 months old when we got her. Mato was followed by Barney, (a derivative of Bernard, "bold as a bear" in Celtic), born April 2010 in Walsenburg, CO

Sophie and Barney

Sophie and Barney

Barney at 10 months

Barney at 10 months


Old No. 7Try out Log Cabin Life in the Black Hills of South Dakota at Old No. 7

The Erickson log home, located near Deer Mountain south of Lead and Deadwood in the Black Hills, was completed several years ago by Jason Rakow Construction, an experienced log home builder from Lead, South Dakota. This Bears Den Log Home now known as Old No. 7 Place is available for vacation rentals. Jennifer Erickson has created a fascinating web site, "the Building of Old No. 7 Place" with rental Old No. 7information, a virtual tour, and photos tracing the entire construction process.

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