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.

Attached Garage Log Cabin Design and Floor Plan

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

Log Home Floor Plan Design, Rustic and Traditional, The Beartooth

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.

Focus On: Bath Design

April 25th, 2013

How you will use the spaces within your home can dictate not only their design, but where they will be placed in the overall layout. A bath’s design is no exception to this, which is why it is important to think about what purposes each bathroom space will serve, as well as where they will make the most sense in the overall layout of the home. Here are some things to think about for your bath design when you begin working with a designer.

Master Bath

Influenced By Lifestyle

There is no specific formula for figuring out just how many baths are needed in a home. Instead, homeowners should think about their lifestyle and how and where bathroom spaces would be useful for their family. Beyond the common inclusion of a master bathroom, will there be a need for additional full baths? Some homeowners might feel the need to assign one bath to every bedroom, while others may decide there is only need for one full bath and will add half baths and powder rooms where it makes sense. Others might put a shared bath or jack and jill bath between adjacent rooms or sibling rooms. In multilevel homes, it is also important to think about how far away a bathroom is from each level.

bathroom

Overall Layouts and Baths

Where will your bathroom space be best located in the overall flow? Beyond the master suite, think about what other areas could use a place to wash and freshen up. If you are building your wood home to act as a ski retreat or a lakeside getaway, a half bath next to the mudroom for cleaning up after these outdoor activities may be a good thing to consider. If you are including an additional level with a communal space and bedrooms, think about whether you will want one communal bathroom, baths located within the bedrooms, or perhaps even both. Will you have a dedicated guest bath? If so, where will it be located in relation to the main living spaces? It is important to find the balance between keeping a guest bath accessible, while still retaining privacy—putting the bath next to the dining room or TV, might not be the ideal place for privacy.

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 Bathroom Configurations

Many people get excited about the different features they can incorporate into their baths; from what tile they will use to whether or not the space will include double sinks. That is why it is good to think about things like, whether or not you will keep the toilets segregated from the rest of their baths. Or if the full baths in your home will have a bathtub and shower, or just one. Keep in mind that there are still other ways to customize your bath rooms. For example, a past client once had urinals designed into their bunk room’s bath to accommodate for multiple grandsons. Steam rooms, saunas, and bidets are also popular additions to the conventional bathroom design.

 

For more pictures of bathrooms and the different styles that can be achieved, take a look at the PrecisionCraft bathroom photo gallery.

PrecisionCraft Releases Infographic: ‘All About Log Homes’

April 3rd, 2013

Got questions about log home maintenance or styles? We’ve just released a fun and informative infographic entitled, “All About Log Homes” that will help answer your basic questions!

Follow the link to see the full infographic:

http://www.precisioncraft.com/image/infographic/Infographic-log-homes.jpg

Infographic

Land Buying Checklist

March 14th, 2013

When you purchase a piece of property, your decision of where and what lot should stem from more than its natural beauty and pristine views. By knowing the land’s history and the condition of its surrounding areas before you buy, you will have a more accurate depiction of what your budget and timeline for construction will be. Here are some things to consider when looking for that ideal piece of land to build your log or timber home upon.

Is the Land in Proximity to Necessary Services?

While mountain style homes and rugged locations often go hand-in-hand, it is good to be aware of where the closest amenities are. For instance, how far are the nearest police and fire stations? Will a grocery store be close by? How about a gas station? Even if your goal is to get away, it is still important to check how far away you will be from these services.

Are Utilities Accessible? 

Are there accessible utilities for your location? Is it in an area where public water, sewer, and electric are available or will you have to pull those sources to the site? Will you have to dig a well and septic system? The cost and effort expended to supply utilities to your site will vary depending on your location.  Before you purchase, you should check with the area’s utility providers so you can better understand and be prepared for what is involved.

Does the Land Have Road Access?

Does the property have a main road leading to it or will one have to be made? How far away are the major roadway systems? If there is no road to the site, you will have to consider not only how much it will cost to build a road, but how long it will take and also what the impact the site might be.

Is the Lot on Federal or State Lands?

Many couples building a log or timber retreat are often looking for a location where they can get away from it all. If you are looking for that undisturbed piece of property, look to see if your land falls under federal or state protected land rules. While these lands can have a pristine quality, they may also have rules that can affect how you will use the land. For instance, if you are looking at a waterfront property that is also a protected waterfowl habitat, you probably won’t be able to have a boat house or dock.

Do You Know What it Costs to Build in the Area?

Property costs don’t actually impact or reflect building costs, but your location does. In fact, the cost per square foot to build can vary from location to location. By checking into what it costs to build in your area, you can evaluate how much these costs will affect your project’s budget and timeline.

Are You Aware of All Codes and Covenants?

Many communities across North America have covenants or codes that put stipulations on what exactly you can do on your property. Design and construction factors like how high you can build your home and what trees can be cut down on your property can be determined by the area’s codes. It is important to be aware of all codes and covenants before your begin your project.

What are the Zoning and Density Requirements?

You may love the secluded value of your lot, but will it always be this way? By checking with the local building department you can research your area’s zoning and density requirements to see how nearby developments could affect your views, construction, and noise levels, now and in the future.

Would You be Building by a Fault or Floodplain?

Is that piece of property you are looking at located near a body of water or in an area that is known for earthquakes? Check to see if you fall within the area’s floodplain or fault zones. If your lot is within these zones, you will want to alert your designer so that they can make the necessary adaptions to your design before you begin construction.

 

It is your dream to build a mountain style home that will last for generations. By following this checklist, you can make a more educated decision on where you should build this home.