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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.

Designing Great Rooms with a View

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

One of the most important spaces in your timber or log home design will be your great room. Not only is the layout significant, but you should also understand how your great room will interact with the outdoors.  Most log homes are built in beautiful settings; some overlook lakes while others take in the surrounding forest.  Many  log home designs also include patios or decks that extend directly from the great room itself.  Therefore it is necessary to explore all aspects of your great room’s design, in order to get the most out of the total space.
Detail of Winter Park Floor Plan - PrecisionCraftA Traditional Log Home Prow

You have probably seen a number of log homes with a similar design to the Winter Park, pictured left.  The great room vaults in a triangular manner with trapezoidal windows and glass doors providing the magnificent open view.  This idea is very popular for a reason.  It provides a nice open space, which often has a loft above it, and lets everyone take in the incredible views.

Detail of the Dakota Floor Plan - PrecisionCraft

A Timber Frame Variation

This timber frame home example, the Dakota, also has a vaulted great room with a wall of windows.  In this instance, the design goes beyond the triangular forms of a traditional prow by including angles that replicate those found through the rest of the design.  The custom timber frame trusses which span from the entry through the great room, extend out to the great room patio where square timbers frame the glass windows.

Modern Glass Walls

The Shenandoah concept, below, bucks the trend in vaulted great rooms.  However, this single story plan is still able to create a unique great room space through the use of glass walls. With handcrafted character logs as corner posts, the Shenandoah’s great room has a full glass wall with two half glass walls to each side.  When relaxing in the cozy living area, the outdoors are not just viewable, they seem to be a part of the entire space.

Detail of the Shenadoah Floor Plan - PrecisionCraft

For anyone who wants to make an impression with the design of their great room, the classic glass prow, while still amazing, is not the only way to create an amazing space.  Visit our floor plan gallery for more great room design ideas.

What’s Your Architectural Style?

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

When you first decided that you wanted to build a log home or timber frame home, you may not have considered what style of log home you would prefer. Log homes don’t all look the same, just because they are constructed out of wood.  Here are some plans that illustrate how a log home can be designed using different architectural styles.

Craftsman

Wood River Craftsman Style Home

The Craftsman style sprang from the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century. The emphasis was on simple forms with complex finishes.

Features generally include:

  • Low horizontal pitched roofs
  • Use of pergolas or porches
  • Exposed rafter tails
  • Timber truss work at eaves
  • Window banding

AdirondackHudson Adirondack Style Log Home
Beginning in the 1880’s New York City’s wealthiest residents began to build upscale hunting and vacation retreats within the Adirondack Range. These luxurious and imaginative homes sparked a building trend that continues today.Features of Adirondack homes include:

  • Rustic logs and siding
  • Twig or herringbone guardrails
  • Roofs with log overhangs
  • Multiple roofs and levels
  • Covered or screened porches
  • Asymmetrical, rambling design

French Country

Greenbrier French Country Design


For those who prefer a timber or log home with a sense of romantic charm, a French Country inspired design might be perfect.  Traditionally European country-side estates were built by artisans who used the local materials available. Today’s French Country designs continue the look by using mixed materials in their construction.

The elements of a French Country home may include:

  • Elliptical or arched windows
  • Use of hipped roofs and gables
  • Narrow overhangs
  • Stone accents
  • Steeper roof pitches
  • Courtyards

NorthwestPort Townsend Northwestern Style DesignAs one of the newest styles, Northwestern homes have a distinctively modern appeal.  These designs have clean,  straightforward lines and use natural materials, like log and timber, for construction. A main focus is to blend the design with the home’s natural landscape.

Architectural features include:

  • Deep overhangs and large windows
  • Extensive outdoor living areas that flow from the interior
  • High windows to let in sunlight
  • Prominent use of wood
  • Eclectic mixture of natural materials

Western Log & TimberBig Sky Western Log Home Style

Traditional ideas of log homes are generally categorized under the Western Log and Timber style.  These homes are designed to take advantage of mountain vistas and sprawling valleys.  Whether a rustic cabin or a captivating lodge, these homes helped to define the American West.

Features often included are:

  • Expansive casement windows for unobstructed views
  • Rustic, large-scale elements
  • Sprawling design that stretch across the landscape
  • Thick roof systems
  • Large, open great rooms

AppalachianBlue Ridge Appalachian Style Log HomeAppalachian style homes reflect the simplicity of life in the mid-1,600’s. These log homes are generally more casual and designed for relaxed entertaining. Often these homes have been or look like they were added on to, over multiple generations.

Other feature example are:

  • Stone chimneys
  • Rough-sawn or hand-hewn timbers
  • Functionally simplistic design
  • Use of shed dormers
  • Unobtrusive, rustic style

ChaletTorino Chalet Style DesignThe idea of log or timber cottages in the Alps bring to mind the idea of a Chalet style log home or timber home.  Originally these homes were designed to withstand snow loads, and stand out amongst the snow, and now they include specialized ski rooms and saunas.

Features include:

  •  Decorative trim and fascia
  • Cantilevered decks on upper levels
  • Shutters with decorative cut-outs
  • Double-hung windows
  • Scroll-sawn railings and eaves

Favorite Timber Frame Homes

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Our readers tell us that “Top Ten” type lists are a great way to get a fresh look at our designs, so we asked one of PrecisionCraft’s dedicated employees to describe her Top Five plans. Here is what Kym had to say:

While raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens are a few of Maria’s favorite things, my list of favorite things has to include timber frame houses.  So here is a list of my favorite timber frame plans by our wonderful Mountain Architects designers.

Favorite Timber Frame Homes

The Greenbrier
With its English cottage exterior highlighted by multiple queen post trusses and exposed interior timbers, the Greenbrier evokes memories of fairytales being read by a cozy fire on a cold winter’s day.

The Highlands
The front elevation of The Highlands is reminiscent of early frontier towns where school was held in the town’s church.  The bank of clear glass windows (called clerestory windows) along the roof ridge allows the sun to pour through, accenting the massive interior timber frame structure.

The Colorado
Evoking feelings of strength and structure the Colorado seems bound to stand strong against the test of time. With over sized square timbers accented with stone and wrought iron, the Colorado also provides a welcoming exterior to all who arrive.  Children, old and young alike, will delight in the vast views from the abundance of windows.

The Silver Springs
When I look at the Silver Springs I begin to imagine days spent mining freshwater streams and digging for hidden treasures deep in the forested mountainside.  The post and beam supported covered porch beckons you to sit and enjoy a beautiful sunrise or sunset with cherished family and friends.

The Montclaire
While visiting the Swiss Alps or a quaint French vineyard, I imagine that I’d find the types of homes that were the inspiration for our Montclaire design. The bold entry features a barrel truss and provides an enticing view of the timber work held within its massive stone walls.

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Tour this Handcrafted Post & Beam Log Home

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Inspired by M.T.N Design’s Rimrock Log Home Design, this Adirondack post and beam log home is the epitome of rustic and charming.  Resting high above Lake Blue Ridge in Georgia this home is picture perfect with it’s mixture of wood, stone & log.  At 3,788 square feet, with 4 bedrooms & 4 bathrooms, the owners have more than enough room for family and friends.

Features of the home include a master bedroom complete with a private loft, perfect for a quiet escape to read and admire the mountain views.  Views can also be enjoyed from the cozy screened in porch or open deck.    When the weather turns cold, a dual sided fireplace provides warmth and ambiance to both the master suite and great room.

The overall style of the home may be rustic Adirondack, but the addition of yellow walls and updated appliances add a modern and warm touch against the weathered-looking log.