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Designing Your Master Suite

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

It used to be that your bedroom was just a place you went when it was time to go to sleep. Today, a master suite can be so much more, and making the most of your master suite means considering everything from traffic patterns and closet space, to maximizing your views. Here are some things to think about when planning your master suite:

A Space for Everything
If the master suite is a place you’d like to spend time awake as well as asleep, consider a sitting area. This could be within the bedroom itself, perhaps set up within a bay or prow window, or an adjacent room that can be closed off with French doors – especially helpful if one of you is a night owl and the other is an early-to-bed type. Either way, a sitting area with a couple of comfy chairs will offer a relaxing place to read or enjoy your morning coffee.


Master bedroom with sitting area


A Room with a View
Maximizing the beautiful views of your property isn’t just for great rooms. Work with your architect to ensure you’re making the most of the views from within your suite. Consider including a balcony or adding private deck access. Be creative with the size, placement and shape of your master bedroom windows in order to capitalize on the exterior landscape, while being flexible enough to ensure privacy.


Master bedroom outdoor living


Buffer Zone
If your master suite will be adjacent to a more public area, consider configuring the space so the bathroom sits between it and your sleeping chamber. That way, activity in the great room or traffic in the entry won’t intrude on your sanctuary.


Master bathroom between rooms


Copious Closets
Are you willing to share a closet, or do you prefer one all your own? Even a luxuriously large walk-in can feel crowded if two people are using it at the same time – especially if one is running late. Double closets can eliminate congestion and allow each occupant to maintain his or her own storage style. If you’re sticking with a single closet, consider two doors, one at each end, to reduce traffic tie-ups.


Master bedroom dual closets


Certainly decorating choices will affect the room’s ambiance, but architectural features need to be chosen and configured early on. A fireplace is a great bedroom element that can take up a whole-wall and serve as a focal point, or be tucked into a corner, offering the romance of a roaring fire and an efficient use of space. Built-in cabinetry is a striking feature that adds color, texture, and provides storage space that eliminates the need for an additional dresser, chest or bookcase.


Master bedroom with a fireplace


Bath Time
As with closets, master bathrooms can make or break your morning. Consider which features, such as double sinks, a separate tub and shower or closet access from the bathroom might help the room function more smoothly for both of you. And don’t forget the views here, too – if your master bath has one or more exterior walls, work with your architect to incorporate natural light and scenery to make your master bath an oasis for body and spirit.


Master Bathroom


You spend too much time in the bedroom to let your master suite be an afterthought, so when planning your dream log home, be sure to tell your architect about your suite dreams.

The Creekside Says “Mountain Style” Loud & Clear

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Creekside Timber Home

A home’s mix of exterior finish materials and varied, rambling roof lines are two of the attributes that announce “mountain style” at first glance.  M.T.N Design’s new design, the Creekside timber home, says it loud and clear with a mix of stacked stone, wood siding, timber accents and metal roofing that recalls the old west.  This timber frame home is also a natural fit for a sloped lot, following the lines of the land as if it was part of the mountain itself.

The Creekside’s clever design accommodates generous living areas, a home office and spacious guest accommodations all in 2,521 square feet.  Its ceilings are higher than is typical, increasing the interiors’ volume and natural light and resulting in an open, airy feeling.  The open air itself is accessible on both sides of the house thanks to 636 square feet of patio and covered decks.

The Creekside’s great room features heavy timber trusses that flank the stone fireplace and enhance the view from the room’s wall of windows.  The seamless flow of the main living areas makes the Creekside an easy place to entertain, while its more private wing offers a quiet retreat for work or rest. Downstairs, the walkout lower level offers a suite with two bedrooms, laundry, a full bath and its own entrance.

The Creekside is a great example of a timber home plan that accommodates all of life’s activities in less than 3,000 square feet.  Its flexible lower level can be configured to your family’s needs as well as the topography of your land, and its foot print of just 41 by 61 feet allows you to take advantage of that breathtaking site that just happens to be narrow.  When planning your log or timber home, look for an architect who can design your dream home to meet the requirements of both your lot and your lifestyle.

A New Post and Beam Design – The Huntington

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

When we’re dreaming and doodling a log home into existence, most of us focus on things like floor plan and traffic flow, log style and guest accommodations.  But you’re sure to want livable outdoor spaces, too, so planning for them early is a smart move that will help you get the most out of your dream log home.

Post and Beam Log Home, The HungintonThe newly released Huntington post and beam log home plan from M.T.N Design is a great example of a home with clever, comfortable outdoor living areas.  On the first floor of this handcrafted post and beam home, the great room’s dramatic glass wall opens to more than 200 square feet of covered patio, allowing indoor activity to spill outside without having to contend with the beating sun or rain. A second covered patio is conveniently placed outside the kitchen. Designed as a dedicated barbeque area, this patio is also large enough that the cook can have some company.

Don’t forget the second story when you’re planning your outdoor spaces. The gem of the Huntington plan is the second story covered balcony. Placed at the corner of the house, it capitalizes on the view due to both its height and its two open walls, while the two solid walls offer protection from the wind. Adding to the considerable romance of the balcony is its stone fireplace, which allows the space to serve as a three-season outdoor room.

When making your log home plans, consider where you might want to step outside. Would a private patio off the master bedroom enhance your mornings? Perhaps an outdoor extension of the dining room would facilitate the al fresco dinners you love. Planning for outdoor spaces early on will help you maximize living space – and the enjoyment of your log home.

A Beautiful Hybrid Design

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Do you like the look of log homes? What about timber frame? If designed properly, a hybrid log and timber home can provide a unique look that you just can’t get with only log or just timber.

Upland RetreatOne great example of this hybrid log-and-timber approach is the Upland Retreat, a 2,260 sq. ft. home that offers nearly as much outdoor living space thanks to its 1,996 sq. ft. of decks and patios. The design combines rustic handcrafted logs and custom timber trusses. Its unique nature is evident even before you get inside. Four entryways, including the large covered patio, all feature timber trusses, supported by natural-profile logs. A combination of timber and stacked stone are seen on the patio. Inside, timber trusses and purlins are featured in the second-story bedrooms and the dramatic, vaulted great room. Whether log or timber, the wood elements of the Upland Retreat create beautiful frames for the expanses of glass that offer stunning views from every room.

When planning your log home, consider including timber framing to help express your unique version of mountain style. Visit our floor plan gallery for more examples of these dramatic hybrid log and timber homes.

Favorite Log Home Plans

Friday, February 25th, 2011

We wanted to showcase some of our log home plans and asked Darci, who’s been with PrecisionCraft for 6 years, what some of her favorite designs were. Here are the plans she choose and what she had to say about them.

“We have so many great plans, so it was hard to choose just a few.  I like plans of all sizes, so here are my favorite designs in each square foot range.”

Top 5 Log Floor PlansThe Cumberland – I like the Cumberland because it has a smaller foot print and would be perfect for a second home or retirement home.  It makes me feel like it has been in its surroundings for many years with its rustic and oversized handcrafted logs.

The Saratoga – Although the Saratoga looks large in the rendering, the actual square footage is less than 2,500 sq. ft.  The vaulted ceilings, shed dormers and the extensive covered porch give the home a grander feel.  I can envision the homeowners enjoying each season from that wrap-around porch.

The Prairie Hill – To me, the main draw of the Prairie Hill floor plan is it’s large master on the main level which includes a den and private deck.  There is also a large covered porch which surrounds the great room, and that is always nice.

The Big Sky – The Big Sky’s large foyer makes a statement as soon as you walk in the door. As one of our larger plans, the Big Sky does not waste any space.  Interesting angles, like the hexagonal space that houses the Nook, keep the plan flowing from one space to the other.

The Allegheny – The Allegheny is another one with a large master suite, however; this one includes a private screened in porch which I think a lot of people will enjoy.   Although you can’t see it from the rendered elevation, there is a large deck which  stretches around the back elevation and includes a sun room.  This plan, which is our larges conceptual log home plan, includes three levels with a full basement including a family room & guest suite.