As an architectural firm that specializes in the design of log homes, we see many different projects with an array of build site conditions and design specifications. But, this log home design story is unique. It is a story of a challenging build site and a client’s rather unique design request.
When we first met with this Florida client, we learned that he was looking to build a handcrafted log home in Breckenridge, CO. Great! Sounds rather straightforward, right? This client currently resides in a very nice French Country style home in the beautiful Sunshine State – a flatlander’s paradise. Completely in love with the home he has lived in for years, this Florida client tells us that he wants his home – the floor plan exactly as is – to sit on his steep build site in Breckenridge, CO.
Now, when I say steep, I am not using the word lightly. My colleague and I flew into Colorado for a site visit to meet our client’s builder at a restaurant that sits only 7 blocks from where we were staying — what we thought would be an easy walk. After a steep climb, and a few fast beating hearts, we found ourselves at the restaurant and unable to talk as we were so out of breath. We then realized we were in a town that was 7,000 feet higher than home. But what a terrific view on the customer’s property! As we gained our breaths and looked around, we began to understand our client’s desire to build his log home on that very spot in Breckenridge, CO.
It is while we stood there taking in the view that we truly realized the scope of the task ahead of us. Not only were we faced with a challenging build site, but we also had to find a way to squeeze a handcrafted log version of our client’s Florida home on the steep ground we were standing on and stay under the height limit imposed by the CC&R’s.
As if the challenging build site and unique floor plan layout were not enough, a quick review of the development’s CC&Rs revealed that we were faced with a few more challenges. From ridge lengths to wall heights, the list of design dos and don’ts began to grow. And, to top it all off, our client has the great pleasure of building his log home next to two members of the development’s design review board; two members interested in watching his every move.
In the log home design business, you learn to embrace and even welcome every challenge. From the steep build site to the development’s strict guidelines, we will make this log home dream a reality for our Florida client. As for the design review board members…all we can say is, “Go ahead. Keep watching our every move. We are well on our way to making it happen!”
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