Introducing: The Hawksbury Floor Plan

November 25th, 2014

2,861 Livable Square Feet,  1,388 Sq. Ft. Decks and Patios

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At just under 3,000 square feet this cottage style design is cozy yet spacious and has qualities that make it a great starting point for your mountain style home.

The main level layout includes a great room and formal dining room which open to a wraparound covered porch, perfect for enjoying panoramic views. A master suite, also on the first floor, is secluded from the public spaces and has private access to the porch.

Upstairs two bedrooms and a bunk room provide plenty of room for guests. Explore the Hawskbury Floor Plan now.

Explore Home Stories and Floor Plans

November 12th, 2014

Don’t miss out on all the information packed into the newest Rustic Architecture issue including three featured log and timber home articles with floor plans:Cover-RA_14W

-An adzed timber frame home in Idaho
-A hybrid log and timber vacation home on Windermere Lake in Canada
-A milled log home on the Maine coast

You’ll also read about project timelines and how wood textures and metal can affect the overall look and feel of your custom wood home.

In the planning stage of your project? Subscribe to Rustic Architecture for a year’s worth of helpful insights, information and inspiration.

Elegant Wood Homes Magazine Fall 2014

 

The latest issue of Elegant Wood Homes also features amazing content for those who love timber framing and timber frame homes. Articles will  help you describe the look you want for your custom home and consider unique advantages of different building locations.  Our feature stories this quarter include the popular Acreage Reflections as well as a lakeside and farm inspired design. Get the Fall Issue of Elegant Wood Homes today.

Floor Plan Spotlight: The Buffalo Creek

September 24th, 2014

8,067  Sq. Ft, 1,219 Sq. Ft. Garage, 1,100 Sq. Ft. Decks & Patios

 

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PrecisionCraft’s newest design concept, The Buffalo Creek, combines authentic handcrafted log walls and heavy timber frame truss work to create a Western look and feel.

Designed for a stepped lot, the home flows with the natural slope of the land and places its main entrance and view capturing windows on the same side.

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The plan’s expanded master suite, located on the second floor, takes advantage of the view with personal access to a covered deck, with fireplace.

At over 8,000 square feet the Buffalo Creek also provides ample space for entertaining; the second floor has a large great room, gourmet kitchen and guest suite.  Downstairs there is a rec room, and two additional bedrooms.

Explore the floor plan at PrecisionCraft.com

Floor Plan Spotlight: The Truckee

August 27th, 2014

When you imagine a log home or a log cabin, you may assume that the walls will be composed of logs stacked on top of each other. However, this is not always true.  Post and beam log homes utilize the same logs to create the skeleton of the home, while the walls are conventionally framed or use SIPs.

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The Truckee design was conceived using this log post and beam construction method, but it still possesses the spirit and charm of a full log home.  This floor plan can also be modified to have full log walls or to use timber frame.

This popular single level log cabin floor plan separates the private spaces of the home from the public areas with a hallway.  An open patio, accessible from the great room and the master suite, completes this rustic log cabin design.

Explore the Truckee Floor Plan on PrecisionCraft’s website.

 

 

Summer and Fall Issues Available

July 23rd, 2014

 

Fall Rustic Architecture Precision Craft Timber Frame Texas

The Fall Issue of Rustic Architecture digital magazine is now available for download on iTunes, Amazon, Android and Windows 8.  Explore a Texas timber frame home, a Maine log home, and a hybrid log and timber home in New Jersey. Other articles include information about Sloped Lots, Basements, Countertops and much more that will inspire your mountain style home design. Download today!

 

 

 

 

Riverbend Timber Framing Elegant Wood Homes Floor Plans

You may also enjoy reading Elegant Wood Homes, a digital publication focusing on the architecture of modern timber frame homes.  The latest issue includes articles about stairs, covered bridges, a timber frame home influenced by Japanese design and more information about how you can make your interior spaces special.  Subscribe today to receive a full year of Elegant Wood Homes.

 

Floor Plan Spotlight: The Boisean

June 19th, 2014

3,052 Livable Square Feet, 860 Sq. Ft. Decks and Patios

Reminiscent of iconic log cabins, this classic design incorporates full log walls with beaver-toothed corners. However, this log home’s floor plan is much more dynamic than the square cabins of the past.

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A covered porch wraps around the home, forming a deck for the great room and dining room. The main floor includes a spacious master suite, kitchen with breakfast bar and a two-car attached garage.

The second floor is comprised of a loft that overlooks the great room and three bedrooms. While two of the bedrooms share a bath, the fourth bedroom of this home has the potential to act as a guest or second master suite.

View the detailed design concept and basic floor plan on PrecisionCraft.com.

Floor Plan Spotlight: The Beartooth

May 20th, 2014
3,075 Livable Square Feet, 750 Sq. Ft. Decks and Patios

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This traditional log home design has the aesthetics of a rustic cabin with a modern layout. A two-story glass prow creates a vaulted great room that flows into the dining room and kitchen.

The master suite, separated from the main living area, includes a spacious bath, walk-in-closet, and personal access to the back deck. Upstairs, a loft separates two bedroom balcony suites, ideal for children and guests.

Visit PrecisionCraft.com to see the layout, examples of how past clients have altered the plan and photos of homes based on this design.

Summer Issue of Rustic Architecture Now Available

April 25th, 2014

Rustic Architecture Summer 14 Cover: Hybrid log and timber home

The newest issue of this digitally interactive magazine features three articles about different log and timber homes.  Swipe your way through pictures of a handcrafted log home in Idaho, a hybrid log and timber frame home built in Wisconsin or a milled log home near Washington D.C. As you read about each house, interactive features, like floor plan pop ups and videos, give insight into the home’s design. This issue also includes articles on log and timber post placement, trends in finishes and much more.

So, sit back and enjoy the newest issue of Rustic Architecture, now available on touch devices such as tablets and smart phones. Subscribe today!

 

 

Download Elegant Wood Homes

November 22nd, 2013

Log homes are not the only kind of wood home.  Expand your vision of the perfect home by reading Elegant Wood Homes digital magazine.  Designed with interactive content that you can swipe, tap and drag to learn more about topics.  This digital formatted magazine is only available on touch devices such as tablets and smart phones.  There are over 50 pages worth of content on topics ranging from Universal Design to the history of Timber Frame Raisings.  Three magnificent homes are also featured, with amazing photography.  Visit the website to learn more and download your issue today!

PrecisionCraft’s Latest Campaign: Alternate Views

November 7th, 2013

For years, PrecisionCraft’s realistic and detailed renderings have brought floor plan concepts to life for clients searching for the perfect design. While every client will resonate differently with each concept we display, we know that sometimes a plan can get overlooked simply based on perspective. As a result, we will be taking a fresh look at a few plans every month that may not have made it on your list of favorites to begin with. This month we focused on different viewpoints of three Appalachian style designs. Check out the newsletter now and see if you can recognize these plans by their alternate angles.

This is just the first installation in the Alternate Views campaign, so make sure to sign up to receive the rest of the series by email now.

Introducing Rustic Architecture Magazine

October 1st, 2013

We are very proud to introduce our new digital interactive magazine, Rustic Architecture.

In this ever-changing digital world, we wanted to get ahead of the curve and meet the growing demand for tablet-specific content. As a result, we created Rustic Architecture, one of the first in digital magazines that offers completely interactive content — from advertising to floorplan galleries to map exploration and much more!

The magazine will also feature exclusive stories and breathtaking pictures from some of our most exciting homes, as well as informative articles about design, building and energy efficiency.

For a limited time, we are offering the first issue of the magazine, which has over 50 pages of content, for only $2.99! In the next two weeks, the price will go up to its normal $3.99 per issue price. So order today: http://www.rusticarchitecture.com/

Rustic Architecture Fall 2013 Issue Cover

 

 

Please note that this magazine is only available digitally via a tablet or smart phone.

Modifying Rustic Luxury™: The Telluride

September 12th, 2013

Browsing through PrecisionCraft’s floor plan concepts, couples will find a wide variety of style ideas; from Adirondack to French Country, handcrafted to timber frame, and sprawling log home to cozy cabin. Much like the different styles and plans, our clients also come to us from various backgrounds, each desiring unique floor plans for their lifestyle. Today we look at the Telluride, and how it was modified to fit a client’s specific project goals.

The Telluride

The Telluride concept was designed as part of PrecisionCraft’s line of Rustic Luxury™ Log Cabins. The designs within this line were created to showcase how homeowners could still achieve the creative mountain-style look they were searching for, but at a more intimate square footage.

Comprised of milled walls, large handcrafted posts, and stone, the Telluride’s western style exterior creates a rugged cabin look that is perfect for a mountain retreat. At a little over 1,500 square feet, the floor plan has two full master suites within a more intimate layout without the feeling of crowding.

The Modified Telluride

Building on a lakefront property in Montezuma, Iowa, this client worked with M.T.N Design to retain the rugged look of the Telluride’s exterior as well as the interior layout. However, they added nearly 1,000 square feet of unfinished basement to the design. When complete, the basement will hold an additional bedroom suite as well as extra communal living space for visiting guests.

 

To learn more about the Telluride and other cabin style plans, visit our Rustic Luxury™ Log Cabins page.

Four Inspiring Outdoor Living Structures

August 15th, 2013

For many people, their log or timber home is a place where they can escape from everyday life, and enjoy views of their property. Because of this, many clients who are building or have already built their dream home will choose to include custom outdoor living structures. Here are four completed spaces by TimberScape Outdoor Living Structures—a company that prides itself on creating stylish, custom outdoor spaces.

Log Bungalow in Connecticut

This Bungalow design was built to compliment an existing home near central Connecticut. Blending the natural look of log and stone with the industrial feel of iron braces and tension rods, the structure creates a unique outdoor experience for the family and friends.

A Haiti Trailwind

The unique beauty of TimberScape’s designs has been seen across North America, and even as far as Haiti. The Trailwind features a split design that allows room for multiple spaces like a dining, sitting, and kitchen area. Its notched timber posts and detailed braces compliment the exotic ecosystem of Haiti perfectly.

A Timber Frame Sienna Breeze

The Sienna Breeze’s heavy timber beams, crisscrossed by custom barrel trusses create a presence that enhances the look and feel of this backyard space. As a gazebo-like structure, it is great for adding that extra bit of shaded space for enjoying a summer barbeque with the neighbors.

A Custom Pergola

For many clients, creating an outdoor structure that flows with and compliments their home’s design might mean that a completely custom outdoor structure is required. For this Montana couple, they wanted their outdoor area to match the western style of their log and timber home. This custom pergola uses stout timber posts and a cross-hatched timber beam roof to create the open, airy design they were looking for.

 

For more information about TimberScape Outdoor Structures, including design concepts and a photo gallery, visit: http://www.timberscape.com/

Roof Terminology

July 18th, 2013

Your custom log or timber home is something you’ve been dreaming of for a long time. You’ve even researched just about everything, from the layout, to your flooring options, down to the bathroom hardware. But even the most thought out design would not be complete or protected without the right roof to cap it off. Today we are going to review some common roof terms that will help you in your search.

Common Roof Styles

Gable – A gable roof is a simple triangular roof design that consists of two sloping sides that come together at a ridge.

Advantage: The gable roof design is easy to construct and is often used in areas with high rain and snow loads because its sloping sides lend to easy run-off.

Disadvantage: Due to its simple construction, the gable roof can be more susceptible to damage from high winds.

Gable Roof

Hip – Unlike the gable roof, the hipped roof will slope down from a ridge point to the eaves on all sides of the home. It is a very French inspired roof design and can also be called a pyramid or pavilion roof.

Advantage: Hip roofs too are a great style for snow and rain run-off, while also allowing for large eaves on the home.

Disadvantage:Due to their generally shallow slopes, accessing them for maintenance or for additional interior roof space is often difficult.

Hipped Roof

 

Shed—Similar to the gable roof, the shed roof features a single sloping plane without ridges or valleys. This style is often thought of as a half-gable roof.

Advantage: Probably the easiest to construct, this roof is great for skylights, but can also protect the interior from excessive sunlight at certain times of day if necessary.

Disadvantage:Due to its simple design, it’s not as equipped for proper drainage like other styles.

Shed Roof

 

Gambrel – Often seen in barn-style designs, the gambrel roof breaks each sloping section of the roof into two parts—a shallow one closer to the eaves, and one that drops down steeply.

Advantage: Due to its bell shape, this style offers the maximum use of space under the roof.

Disadvantage:Because of the two-part planes of its design, the Gambrel roof is not ideal for the pressure of heavy snowfall.

Gabrel Roof Construction

 

Other Terminology

DormerA dormer is a window that projects vertically from a sloping roof plane. This feature usually has its own roof, which can vary in style itself—gable, shed, or eyebrow.

Eaves Eaves are located at the edges of a roof and usually project out from the body of the home to offer added protection from the elements.

Valleys A valley is the ‘V’ created where two sloping roof planes come together.

RidgesIn contrast to a valley, a ridge is generally located in the center of the roof or where two planes slope up and meet at a horizontal point.

A View from the Front

June 13th, 2013

Many future log or timber homeowners tend to think that whether inside or out, their view-facing sides of the home are where they will be spending the most of their time. While for many people, this may be true, don’t forget the possibilities available for your front-facing elevations as well. Here are some great examples of features you and your designer can include in your floor plan to make it more interactive from every angle.Porte-Cochere

Porte-Cochere—A Porte-Cochere or portico is a covering that protrudes from the entrance of the home, allowing vehicles to pass under it as well as creating extended overhead protection for visitors and guests. Including a portico in a design’s front elevation can add a unique element to the overall look that is both distinct and useful.

Front PorchFront Patios—Whether it is a small front deck for sitting outside in quiet reflection with a good book, or a large patio for sitting and catching up with friends, including a porch or deck to your design’s front-facing elevation can offer great extensions in your livable square footage.

Breakfast or Reading Nooks—Many wood homes are oriented on their site for a specific purpose, for many it is so that the home’s communal spaces can witness the best views, while others may have their home oriented for energy efficiency purposes. Perhaps your home’s layout is designed so that you can watch the sunset out of your great room window every day, why not include a breakfast or reading nook on the front-facing side to catch those early morning rays as the sun rises as well?Balcony

Balconies—The amount of interaction available for your home’s front-facing side does not have to be limited to the main floor. Consider extending these spaces to the upper levels as well with balconies or a series of gables or dormers. Collaborate with your designer on what options would work best with your overall design.

There are many other options for creating a layout for your home that is completely interactive, from unique landscaping designs to balconies. Speak with your designer today on what modifications you can make to your design.