When you build your log or timber home, one of the main feelings you want your home to evoke is a sense of family. Whether large or small, you want your family and friends to feel at home when they step through the threshold of your custom-made home. Making the most of your space, no matter the budget will ensure that your guests have room to stay comfortably.
Once you have begun the design process with your architect, it is important to let them know your needs for sleeping space. “Choosing to include a basement to your floor plan is a relatively easy and cost-effective way to increase your home’s space due to the already laid foundation,” Celeste, Manager of M.T.N Design. An open basement area is great for children to pile in and roll out their sleeping bags or it is also an opportunity to put in an extra bedroom or two.
A common element in many log and timber homes are lofts, which can add depth, perspective and architectural beauty to the home without creating a need for an entire second level. Lofts are also an opportune way to include more space for company. Choosing to build a guest room in your loft is one option, while utilizing hideaway beds or pull-out couches is another creative way to use the space for visiting friends and family.
Above Garage Space
If your log home plans already include a garage, using the additional space above for a bonus room is a good way to increase the number of rooms for guests. Whether you choose to make this room a common area or strictly a room reserved for guests, an above-garage living space is a simple addition to your floor plans that will offer a lot of opportunities.
Additional Space Savers
Another popular room in many mountain-style homes is a bunk room. You can choose to build your bunks into the plan’s design or simply place bunk beds within the room; this will make an area equipped with space for grandkids to squeeze in comfortably and can work for adults as well. Murphy beds are also a great idea for any room, furnish your office with a Murphy bed and desk combo or simply place them throughout the house, their fold-away abilities will allow you plenty of space for daily activities.
Whether you are building a lodge, fit for large groups of people, or a log home with just enough room for company to stay, a good architect can help you plan out your living spaces so that you can enjoy your home to the fullest with your family.