Archive for the ‘Log Home Design Awards’ Category

Floor Plan Spotlight: The Beartooth

Tuesday, 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 to see the layout, examples of how past clients have altered the plan and photos of homes based on this design.

Inspired Living: Sustainable Log Home Retreat

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Mark and Crystal were an Oregon couple who wanted to build a winter home that would accommodate their cold-weather hobbies. Inspired by the natural beauty of their Mt. Hood location and the idea of living sustainably, they wanted their home to be a winter escape that could still maintain consistent temperatures throughout the year. With the help of PrecisionCraft Log and Timber Homes and its design firm, M.T.N Design, the couple was able to build a stunning winter retreat that became the first true log home to receive a LEED Platinum Certification. Read Mark and Crystal’s inspired living story of how they made their winter home super-efficient as well as tailored to their needs.

Sustainable Log Home Retreat

Log Home Living Announces Winners of Floor Plan Design Competition

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Log Home Living announces the winners of its 12th annual Floor Plan Design competition. See all the winners in the April 2010 issue (now on newsstands).

PrecisionCraft’s Montclaire floor plan is named winner in the “Over 4,000 Sq. Ft. Category.”

“Expansive, Yet Inviting. The Montclaire plan is about more than mere size. Rather than allow the space to wander, the plan staggers and compartmentalizes rooms effectively, leaving openness where it makes sense but providing several semi-secluded niche rooms to optimize the use of the home. Highlights are the hearth room adjoining the kitchen and the sitting area of the master suite, with its own fireplace. The covered patio, also with a fireplace, is the kind of touch that enriches a larger home. In addition, the home presents a thoroughly modern look by integrating square-log walls, custom timber frame elements, eye catching stonework and shingle siding to create a balance that prevents any one building element from overwhelming.” ~Log Home Living, April 2010

2010 Design Winner: Log Home Plan | Montclaire Custom Wood Home
2010 Design Winner: Log Home Plan | Montclaire Custom Wood Home

PrecisionCraft’s custom designed home in Government Camp, Oregon is named winner in the “Energy-Efficient Design” Category.

“Livability, plus Sustainability. Submitted for LEED’s Platinum certification, the Ryan Home plan reveals the ability to design and build a full-log home that is both energy efficient and full of distinctive character and style. The rooms are grouped sensibly around the core great room, but extras like the den and bar accommodate the owner’s lifestyle. Among the green design features are extra-large roof overhangs and windows designed to let in the sun during winter and keep out the high summer sun. In addition, the home takes advantage of tight-fitting log connections and a building system that incorporates structural insulated roof panels to achieve an R-value of 52.” ~Log Home Living, April 2010

2010 Design Winner: Custom Log Home Design | Mountain Style Home | Energy Efficient
2010 Design Winner: Custom Log Home Design | Mountain Style Home

Log Homes & Design: Focus on the Kitchen

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Log Homes | Kitchen | Custom

This custom log home, recognized in Country’s Best 2009 Design Awards, features a gourmet kitchen. Here are the features that make this kitchen truly a work of art:

  • Seamless boundary between the indoor and outdoor living space.
  • Opening, glass wall that lets the outside in.
  • A convenient large pantry featuring an oven stack.
  • Open design with the kitchen flowing effortlessly to the dining area.
  • Two, separate sinks and work areas.
  • Butler’s area.
  • Expansive pantry storage positioned behind the appliances.
  • Custom interior design elements include: a concrete sink laden with pebbles, stucco walls, and tile murals.
  • Knotty alder cabinets.
  • Kitchen island finished with barn wood siding.
  • Cedar logs walls.

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M.T.N Design Honored at the 2009 Country’s Best Design Awards

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Country's Best Log Home DesignsPrecisionCraft and M.T.N Design receive top recognition in the 2009 Log Homes Design Awards!  Hosted by Country’s Best, the contest’s judges included the magazine’s editors and contributors.  “We thought we’d pack this, our first annual Country’s Best Log Homes Design Awards, with page after page of the most stellar designs the log home industry has to offer,” said the magazine editors.

There were ten categories ranging from Best Staircase Design to Best Master Suite.  Take a look at these five “stellar” floor plans, designed by M.T.N Design, that took center stage in this year’s design contest.

Best Plan Over 2,500 Square Feet:  The Trailside Log Home Plan

Trailside Floor Plan What the judges had to say:

“Sometimes an expansive floor plan can make a home feel more like a museum, but that’s not the case here. Atmosphere-inducing design details create a cozy feel, even with a large footprint.”

“Although the multiple living spaces were designed for a specific purpose, the rooms were laid out in a way that creates an overall plan that flows seamlessly, making the home easy to navigate.” Get a closer look at the Trailside floor plan.

Best Use of Exterior Space:  The Washington Harbor Log Home Plan

Washington Harbor Floor Plan A single level with lots of character, the Washington Harbor was designed specifically to blend in with its surroundings. The design is drawn at 2,366 sq.ft.  Here is what the judges loved most about this custom design:

“Walk out of this timber-heavy design and you’re instantly greeted by a sprawling patio, designed to take advantage of your gorgeous setting.”

“This outdoor living space combines the best aspects of an indoor great room with the open air of outside.  Access to this amazing space is gained through the large NanaWall system, which .  .  .  creates a seamless transition from the indoors out.”  Close up of the Washington Harbor log home floor plan.

Most Creative Log Home Master Bedroom Suite: The Rockpoint Floor Plan (Modification)

Rockpoint Log Home Master Bedroom Suite Designed as a milled log home, the Rockpoint is a popular plan.  Using the original design as inspiration, the homeowners modified the plan to get this award-winning master suite.  Here is what the judges had to say:

“An arched entryway to the bedroom adds dramatic flair to this setting, as does the vaulted ceiling. Private entry to a covered porch with a view completes the five-star hotel effect.”

“Adjacent to the entry hallway—which gives it a presidential-suite feel—a private, bay-window-encased nook can contain the perfect sitting room or walk-in closet.”  See the original Rockpoint design.

Other Plans by Mountain Architects Recognized

Multi-Level Log Home Plan:  The Hidden Creek Floor Plan

Hidden Creek Craftsman Style Floor Plan The Hidden Creek is drawn as a handcrafted log home design with timber frame accents. The three levels provide room for extra bedrooms, a large mudroom and a basement-level 3-car garage.

See if the Hidden Creek is your idea of the best multi-level mountain style floor plan.

Most Creative Kitchen: The Hermosa Vista Log Home Plan (Modification)

Hermosa Vista Timber Frame Kitchen The Hermosa Vista has a kitchen that flows from the formal dining area and out onto the patio, through the innovative NanaWall™ window.  A convenient large pantry with extra oven is the envy of most amateur chefs.

See the entire Hermosa Vista floor plan.  Let it inspire your own ideas of perfection.