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The Best in Timber Frame Home Design & Floor Plans

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

Montclaire Award-Winning Timber Frame Home Plan

The Montclaire timber frame home plan receives the “Best 5 Plans” Award in Timber Home Living’s 3rd Annual Floor Plan contest. This award marks PrecisionCraft’s 12th design award in 2 years, making PrecisionCraft and its design firm the leader in log and timber home design.

Created by M.T.N Design, PrecisionCraft’s experienced team of timber frame home designers, the Montclaire floor plan is praised for its creative design in Timber Home Living’s April 2008 issue. Donna Peak – Timber Home Living’s Managing Editor writes:

“How can you not love a plan that takes so many outstanding modern amenities (four fireplaces, anyone?) and packages them with English manor-house style? From the exterior alcove, you enter the impressive foyer, which, with its gently arced staircase and adjacent formal library and dining room, is sure to make a genteel first impression. But move just beyond and a true 21st-century home unfolds before you. The spacious great room leads the way toward a kitchen layout that’s totally in tune with the times, boasting a cooktop island and ample bump-out pantry, not to mention a cozy breakfast nook. The nearby laundry/mudroom is perfectly placed to make unloading groceries from the three-car garage a breeze, plus it offers a family coat closet, leaving the guest closet to, well, the guests. The huge master bedroom and bath, with its private covered patio and hot tub, make this suite sumptuously sweet. Upstairs, a half level gives you the extra room you need without the fuss (or expense) of a full second story. And the L-shaped loft is large enough to be divided into specific zones for reading, shooting pool, whatever activities tickle your fancy. The only thing this plan is missing is you.”

M.T.N designers focus on the design of mountain style homes – full log homes, timber frame homes, hybrid log & timber homes, and homes constructed using conventional framing with log & timber accents. With a full palette of materials to work with, it is easy for M.T.N Design to design a home that meets each client’s unique aesthetic preference and budget. features 70+ floor plans. Exploring this extensive timber & log home floor plan gallery is a great way for clients to generate ideas for their own unique homes. With M.T.N’s design expertise and specialization in green building, design options are unlimited. Also, visit to get more information on designing, manufacturing, and building timber frame homes. Or call 800.729.1320 to speak to a timber frame home consultant.

Caribou Log Home Floor Plan Takes Center Stage

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Log Home Living’s 10th Annual Floor Plan Contest Votes PrecisionCraft’s Caribou the “Best of the Best.”

Caribou Log Home Plan Exterior Rendering

Created by M.T.N Design, PrecisionCraft’s experienced team of log home designers, the Caribou plan hit the limelight last year when it was recognized by Log Home Design for 2007’s “Best Single-Level Floor Plan.”

Since its feature in Log Home Design, PrecisionCraft’s Caribou log home plan has staked its reign over most log home floor plans. And, the many accolades continue into 2008. The Caribou plan is voted “Best of the Best” in Log Home Living’s 10th Annual Floor Plan contest.

The Caribou, as highlighted in Log Home Living’s April 2008 issue, is favored by the 3rd party judges for its single-level floor plan living, split bedroom layout, integration with the outdoors, and use of a massive three-fireplace structure. Also voted as the Editors’ Pick, the Caribou floor plan was a shoe-in for this awards contest. Katherine Schuster, Log Home Living’s Editorial Assistant writes, “This plan had us at hello – literally. The unconventional angled entry porch adds a unique architectural element to the home from the moment you set foot inside the door. The rest of the home is just as captivating: The communal areas blend together seamlessly, and the transition to outdoor living space is just as effortless, providing an ideal setup for entertaining. A three-fireplace structure that can be enjoyed from the living room, outdoor patio or master bedroom extends the cohesiveness to the bedroom wing. The handcrafted log home is cozy and intimate without being cramped, and therefore will surely have us for many years to come.”

M.T.N designers, Michael Ray & Tim Schafer, have hit a hot button with the design of the Caribou and have set the bar for the rest of the industry. The level of technical proficiency at M.T.N Design and the 125 years of combined experience in high-end, mountain style architecture have positioned M.T.N Design as the leader in mountain style design across the United States.

The team of designers at M.T.N Design can take any standard floor plan featured at and redesign it to match your product choice (handcrafted log, milled log, timber frame, or a combination of materials), architectural style, and budget. Your design options are unlimited. Visit to check out 65+ additional log home floor plans. Also, get more information on designing, manufacturing, and building luxury log homes.

Finding a Little Inspiration for Your Own Log Home.

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Fine Tuning Your Log Home Vision

What is the purpose of showcasing different log home floor plans?

To inspire you. To get you thinking about your own unique home – whether it be a rustic log home, an artfully crafted timber frame home, or a hybrid home.  Close your eyes for a moment and imagine walking through the door of your getaway mountain retreat. What do you see when you first walk into your home? Rustic log pillars? A view of the mountainside outside the glass wall facing you? How do you plan to use your home – to entertain? Or, is your home a private retreat for you? As you make the journey up your driveway, what does your home look like? How is it positioned on your land?

One of the best ways to bring your log home vision together is to explore a variety of log home floor plans and to find log home pictures that inspire you.  Then, find an architect experienced at designing log & timber frame homes that is willing to work with you to not only understand your vision but also to brainstorm with you the style, look, feel, layout, and size of your home.

Each month, our architectural division, M.T.N Design, works to create a new log home design. These designs reflect our past experiences with our clients, our architects own passion for log homes, and the latest trends in the log home industry.  Will one of these new log home floor plans meet your every need and expectation? Probably not. But you will find certain features in each plan that inspire you, that make you rethink your own log home vision. In addition, every new floor plan is professionally rendered to help you think about the look and feel of the exterior of your home.  What does your log home, timber home, or hybrid mountain retreat look like? Is it rustic in appearance – much like the Caribou plan? Or, is your dream home more modern in appearance with an eclectic use of materials – much like the Hickory Falls?

But, don’t stop your search with a collection of log home floor plans. Find images that illustrate what you like and what you don’t like.  Pictures not only help you fine tune your vision but also help you communicate that vision to your architect.

It is important to remember that the log home floor plans showcased here in this blog are simply starting points. A good place to bring together different ideas. So, go ahead, start exploring and find what inspires you the most!  Log homes, timber frame homes, & hybrid log & timber homes

Architectural Excellence Recognized by Timber Home Living

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

Inglewood Timber Frame Home Floor Plan & Design M.T.N Design & PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes – are recognized nationally in Timber Home Living’s Floor Plan Design Contest.  The “Inglewood” received one of only five awards given by Timber Home Living for plans that exude “aesthetic and architectural brilliance.”

M.T.N Design – PrecisionCraft’s architectural division – continues to be recognized for its excellence. Other designs that have been recognized nationally include the “Caribou,” the “Ticonderoga,” the “Eagle’s Nest,” and the “Crested Butte.”

The “Inglewood”, as highlighted in Timber Home Living’s presentation, is noted for its “flow.” Mike McCarthy, Editor-in-Chief for Timber Home Living writes, “Walk through the front door of this home and navigation become natural. Like spring water moving across ancient river rock, you know where to go. The kitchen, dining and great rooms serve as architectural anchors in an open space that invites hours of conviviality.” In addition, Mike noted that “while the Inglewood’s design team kept things simple, they offered some decidedly nice surprises – including a gorgeous truss entryway and an outdoor hearth, patio and pergola. The roofline is pitch-perfect, with just enough glory to justify the excitement of what you’ll see inside.”As premiere designers and producers of custom log homes, timber homes, and mountain style stick frame homes, M.T.N Design. has helped more than two thousand families worldwide design mountain style homes unique to each family’s lifestyle and build location.At M.T.N Design, high-quality design of custom mountain style homes means direct access to your architect. An architect who is not only creative but attentive to your specific needs and savvy when it comes to designing custom mountain style log homes, timber homes and stick frame / timber hybrid homes.The “Inglewood” is only one example of many exceptional designs available from PrecisionCraft & M.T.N Design.  For more information or to view other award-winning designs by M.T.N Design, visit our Log Home Architectural Styles & Floor Plans or call 800.729.1320.


M.T.N Design Receives Top Log Home Design Award for the Caribou & the Ticonderoga

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

Caribou Handcrafted Log Home Floor Plan Design | Award Winning Log Home  M.T.N Design and PrecisionCraft Log Homes have once again been recognized for its focus on unique log home design in the 2007 Log Home Design Awards contest.  The “Caribou” Handcrafted Log Home Design receives the award for the “Best Single-Level Floor Plan” and the “Ticonderoga” Milled Log Home Design is awarded for the “Best Use of Exterior Space.”

This is not the first time that PrecisionCraft and its design firm have been recognized for remarkable log home designs.  The “Crested Butte” – a log & timber hybrid home – was recently presented a design award in Log Home Living’s 9th Annual Floor Plan Design Contest.  Last year, the “Eagle’s Nest” was recognized in Log Home Living’s 8th Annual Design Contest as a Top 10 Design, and the “Editor’s Choice”.

The “Caribou”, as highlighted in Log Home Design’s presentation, represents “an uncommon alternative to the traditional single-level ranch” that “packs plenty of punch while maintaining its cozy feel and aesthetical appeal.”

The “Ticonderoga” design is highlighted for its use of exterior space. According to Log Home Design, this plan “showcases how working with a site’s natural slope and characteristics can lead to some amazing exterior features.”

The level of technical proficiency at M.T.N Design and the 125 years of combined experience in high-end, mountain style architecture have positioned M.T.N Design as a leader in mountain style design across the United States. You will find Mountain Architects’ exclusive, custom designs nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Cascades, the Klamath Mountains, the Rocky Mountains and the Appalachians.

The “Caribou” and the “Ticonderoga” are only two of many exceptional designs available from PrecisionCraft & M.T.N Design.  For more information or to view other award-winning designs by M.T.N Design, visit our Architectural Styles & Floorplans.