Archive for the ‘Timber Frame Homes’ Category

Wood River Log Home Plan Comes to Life in Alberta, Canada

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

PrecisionCraft’s Wood River Log Home Plan features a unique combination of log and timber frame. This customized version takes shape at a beautiful build site in Alberta, Canada.

Rear View: Wood River Log Home Floor Plan Constructed in Alberta, Canada
Back View of the Wood River Floor Plan in Construction

Front View: Wood River Log Home Plan Built in Alberta, Canada
Building Timber Frame & Log Homes: PrecisionCraft’s Wood River Log Home Plan

Great Room Features Breathtaking Timber Frame Trusses Wood River Log Home Plan by PrecisionCraft - Great Room

Designing a Timber Frame Home Around a Pool

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Michael and Denise came to us with a very unique request. They wanted to design a Craftsman style home around their already existing swimming pool. Why build a home around a swimming pool? A great question and one that we had to ask as well!

Recently, Michael and Denise purchased a home built in the late 1980s but it wasn’t the home itself that had them sold. The layout of the home they purchased featured a formal entry, separated living areas, and smaller bedrooms with wardrobe closets. A design and layout very typical of the 1980s but not so appreciated by Michael and Denise who were looking for a more contemporary home. But, the home was nestled in a heavily wood area in Granite Falls, WA, complete with distant views of the beautiful Cascade Mountains and a pool with a one-of-a-kind story.

The most outstanding feature of this 1980s home is the kidney-shaped pool located in the daylight basement. This pool took quite a bit of planning and hard work to get it positioned perfectly. Huge granite boulders buried deep in the landscape that Michael and Denise love so much were carved out to make room for a pool. Their existing 1980s home is to be torn down (while saving the pool) and replaced with a Craftsman style, timber frame home complete with a contemporary flair. The layout of their new home will feature a more informal and open design incorporating new spaces and features such as offices, a workout room, a steam room, a caretaker’s apartment over the garage, and an elevator.

Well, it sounds like a great project; a fun challenge. One that the team at M.T.N Design and PrecisionCraft is eager to take on! Be sure to check back with us periodically as we plan to follow this project all the way through.

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.

PrecisionCraft.com 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 PrecisionCraft.com 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.

Clearwater Timber Frame Home Plan

Friday, December 28th, 2007

Clearwater Timber Frame Home Floor Plan Who says it has to be all about log? Check out this new design by PrecisionCraft and M.T.N Design’s log home designers. The focus this month is on timber frame! The Clearwater is a modern timber frame floor plan that fits in with both new developments and rustic locations.

The unique look of the Clearwater timber frame plan integrates stone, glass, timber and siding. The floor plan is open and works well for entertaining, while the master suite is secluded and has private access to the patio area. The second floor bedroom has its own private balcony with an innovative clear railing system.

Clearwater Timber Frame Main Floor Clearwater Timber Frame Plan - 2nd Floor

The Clearwater, as well as all standard floor plans found at PrecisionCraft’s log home floor plan gallery, can be designed to match the look and feel of any client. In addition, the Clearwater can be customized in size and layout. Standard floor plans such as the Clearwater are simply starting points for your own unique vision.

Adding timber frame elements to a log home design is a growing trend today. Visit PrecisionCraft’s Log Home Solution Center to learn more about this hot trend or to view 65+ log home and timber home plans.

Log & Timber Home Design Awards

Monday, July 30th, 2007

PrecisionCraft’s Log Home Floor Plan of the Month Ready to make your getaway to a pristine log or timber home retreat? It won’t cost you a penny to immerse yourself in the latest in world class log home design from M.T.N Design, the log and timber home industry leaders.

This month’s unique French Country log home design, the Hickory Falls, features a hipped roof design, a custom timber frame truss at the entryway, and an impressive use of different materials. The latest design from the team at PrecisionCraft and M.T.N Design illustrates how a combination of materials – log, timber, stucco, stone, and glass can come together and create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

This log home design is also unique in its layout. The Hickory Falls’ floor plan features:

•Beautiful courtyard adjacent to the home’s entryway and living area
•Second floor balcony in the rear of the home
•Impressive studio space above the garage
•Master suite with outdoor fireplace
•Large mud room/laundry room

When designing custom homes – especially log & timber hybrid homes, it is essential to recruit an experienced architect; a designer who has an in-depth understanding of the properties and behaviors of log and timber connections. It is also important to have unlimited, direct access to your designer throughout the entire design process — from idea to the final home.

Each month, the team at M.T.N Design and PrecisionCraft Log Homes work to create a plan that reflects architectural styling elements that are new, unique, or simply inspirational. Recognizing that design is the first and most important step in bringing clients’ visions to life, PrecisionCraft’s monthly designs give clients the perfect place to find what elements and styles best describe their own unique lifestyles and visions.

You will find PrecisionCraft’s exclusive log home and timber frame home designs, like the Hickory Falls, nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Cascades, the Klamath Mountains, the Rocky Mountains and the Appalachians. Although PrecisionCraft is based in Idaho, you will find their log homes throughout the United States – from California to North Carolina, PrecisionCraft’s Total Home Solution™ makes the way.