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Focus On: Bath Design

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

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.

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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 bathrooms. 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 bedroom & bathroom photo gallery.

Focus on: Entryways

Thursday, 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.

Roof Terminology

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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.

New Mountain Modern Design: The River Run

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

The second plan in our Mountain Modern series is the River Run, an exciting, single level timber frame floor plan concept.

The timber frame plan’s exterior features two vaulted roof sections that meet above the great room, creating an asymmetrical butterfly shape from the side elevation. Inside, 2,618 square feet are divided between the kitchen, dining and great room space and two bedroom wings on either side of the main corridor. The design also includes a two car garage, mudroom and two back porches with timber pergolas.

Explore the River Run Floor Plan Concept

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To learn more about PrecisionCraft and M.T.N Design’s Modern Mountain Floor Plan series, visit PrecisionCraft.com.