Focus on: Entryways

April 28th, 2016

An entryway is a portal into your home, setting the tone for the rest of the interior. Although it is the first stop once you step inside, it is not always the first thing you think of when you begin your design process. Here are some things to consider that can help your entryway make a statement in your home. log home entrance

First Impression

One of the first questions to ask yourself when you begin is; what do you want your guest’s to see first when they step through your door? Do you want it to be a sweeping, uninterrupted view of the great room with repeating truss work overhead?  Or perhaps you would like their first impression to come from witnessing a great glass window prow framed in robust logs and overlooking a mountainous terrain. Entryway view

Flow

The fluidity of your home is very important and it starts at your front door. Your entry could flow right into the formal, intimate setting of a dining or sitting room. Or you may prefer the entry to continue into a hallway, separating rooms and showcasing art as it leads your visitors into a more informal environment like your main living space. Entry

Function

Your entryway does not have to be limited to a walkway; there are several features you can include to make it functional as well as inviting. The functionality of your entryway can be as simple as including a coat closet or you can make it interactive by including a sitting area where guests can stop to take their shoes off. Will you be building in an area that has harsh winter weather or heavy rain? Consider making that entry space work with the climate by turning it into a mud room where all of your winter jackets and rain boots can dry off without impacting the rest of the home.

5 Unique Designs

March 14th, 2016

As you search through hundreds of log and timber floor plans, you may find that many of them will start to look very similar.  In an effort to get your creative juices flowing, here are some of our most creative and “out of the log home box” designs:

The Cascade

The Cascade is not your typical timber frame design.  With tall timber framed windows that help to hold up the angled timber beams in the roof, this plan really makes a statement. The Cascade concept was inspired by modern Northwestern architecture and provides a great example of how timber frame home design can be pushed outside traditional boundaries.

The Chaumont

The growing trend in mountain style design has been to incorporate many textures and elements into the design of the home.  The Chaumont illustrates how a design can combine square log walls, timber framing, vertical siding, and stone to create a unique living space.

The Targhee

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Modern lines and use of large windows is evident, however the incorporation of weathered siding and chinking add a rustic flair.  This is the kind of design that could easily be found in a resort town or development, as it effortlessly blends old and new.

The Upland Retreat

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There are many aspects of the Upland Retreat design that could inspire your home: the curved entryway with metal roof; the combination of handcrafted log walls and custom timber frame trusses; or the glass walls that open to the patio.  If you are looking for unique design and one-of-a-kind homes, this is a great place to start.

The Washington Harbor

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When thinking about the design of your home, don’t forget to think about the opportunities that outdoor living space can provide.  The Washington Harbor adds actual space to its layout by incorporating a large, covered outdoor space.  The outdoor living room and kitchen are completely covered and have their own built-in fireplace.  Entry is gained from the home through a glass Nana Wall system, while natural light filters down through the clerestory windows.  Outdoor living at its best!

Roof Terminology

January 19th, 2016

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.

Gambrel 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.

Floor Plan Spotlight: About 2,500 Square Feet

November 17th, 2015

Perhaps the easiest way to define what you’re looking for in a log cabin or timber frame home is by the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. However, if you focus only on finding homes with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, you might miss out on a design you like better, which could be customized to fit your bedroom and bath needs.

We’ve curated a selection of designs around 2,500 feet with a variety of layouts and styles that could inspire your home. Keep in mind, each plan can be adapted by PrecisionCraft’s in-house firm, M.T.N Design to add and subtract square footage, bedrooms, bathrooms, basements etc. to create your dream log or timber home.

The Washington Harbor
2,366 sq. ft. Livable – 1,586  sq. ft Decks/Patios
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This unique layout includes multiple outdoor spaces including an outdoor kitchen and dining area. Explore the floor plan.

The Dakota
2,421 sq. ft. Livable – 626 sq. ft. Garage –  759 sq. ft. Decks/ Patio

Dakota Floor Plan
The Dakota’s open floor plan and vaulted great room space are well suited to capture mountain views.  Get more details.

The Wood River
2,561 sq. ft. Livable – 552 sq. ft. Garage – 1,028 sq. ft. Decks/ Patios

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This single level mountain home is inspired by Craftsman style with a characteristic low sloping roofline. See how other homeowners have modified this design.

Floor Plan Spotlight: The Crested Butte

September 14th, 2015

3,055 square feet, 637 sq. ft. Garage, 1,444 sq ft Decks and Patios 

Crested Butte Hybrid Log and Timber Frame Home
This award winning design concept has inspired many log and timber frame homes. Let’s take a look at the features that make the Crested Butte such a popular floor plan.

Crested Butte Structure Sample Construction -Designed as a hybrid log and timber home with square log walls, timber posts and custom timber trusses the Crested Butte has a sophisticated look and feel.

 

Sample of Crested Butte Log Home Floor Plan

 

Size and layout – The floor plan itself has many of the most requested features in mountain style home design: an open layout, a main level master suite, a two car attached garage, a mud room and a covered back patio.

 

Exterior features -A mix of materials, scissor timber trusses, and rooflines make up the Crested Butte’s front elevation. The turret staircase adds additional architectural interest to this showstopping mountain design.

Home inspired by the Crested Butte Log home and timber frame floor plan
Many custom homes, like the one shown, have been built using the Crested Butte as inspiration. To explore the plan in more depth, including additional photos of finished homes, visit the PrecisionCraft website.