Cooper's involvement in home building spans more than 20 years.
Specializing in log and timber construction, he has been a general
contractor, builder, sales and marketing vice president
for a major log home company, construction consultant and a writer/
photographer on the topics of home
construction, energy efficiency, and
builder, his first log home project won an Award for Excellence from the
chapter of the National Association of Home Builders. The home was
the April-May 1990 issue of Log Home Living. In 1995 he directed the
construction of a 2,600 square-foot log home in the rotunda of Mall of
The home was featured in
Country Home magazine’s 1996 “Home for the Holidays” issue and raised
for the Minneapolis Children’s Cancer Research Fund. His articles and photographs have appeared in Log
Home Living, Log Homes
Illustrated, Country's Best Log Homes and Log Home Design
1998, his book Log Homes Made Easy:
Contracting and Building Your Own Log Home was the top-selling book
home planning category at Amazon.com. His column "Saavy Builder" has
appeared regularly in Log Home Living magazine
He has spoken and written about log homes for the Log Homes Council of
National Association of Homebuilders. In
2000, Jim published The Log Home Project Planner, a complete
for planning, estimating and managing a log home construction project.
addition to acting as a construction consultant on home building
has conducted nationwide workshops on how to be your own general
His Log Homes Made Easy: Six Steps to
Success workshops have drawn over 6,000 participants. He has also
an expert witness in construction-related lawsuits.
educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Biology. Before
involved in construction, he worked as a biologist for the US Fish and
Service and served as Director of Environmental Education for the
Department of Natural Resources.