Top 5 Winter Floor Plan Favorites

January 19th, 2012

With this year’s winter snow finally upon most of North America, we thought we would share with you five different floor plans that are perfect for snowy weather conditions. No matter where your personal Winter Wonderland may be, each plan has its own unique features that allow you to interact with your surroundings, even in the coldest of seasons!

Top 5 Log Floor Plans

The Winterpark

Popular for its classic cabin style look, the Winter Park is a plan that utilizes connected living areas and cathedral ceilings to create an open space that is perfect for a mountain getaway. With private balconies and large paned windows angled out toward the surrounding land, it is the perfect design to fully appreciate the wonders of every season from the comforts of your log home.

The Torino

Specifically designed to accommodate even the most avid of skiers, this floor plan features a ski-in ski-out section for easy access as well as a room dedicated to equipment that includes a sauna for warming up after a brisk day of hitting the slopes. With two master suites, a bunk room and open living spaces, this plan has the perfect layout for a secluded weekend skiing or a place for the family to gather from the winter’s cold.

The Hidden Creek

Getting family and friends together for a getaway weekend in the mountains under one roof does not have to be an uncomfortably cramped affair. The Hidden Creek includes multiple bedrooms on every level and open living spaces for a large gathering as well as a massive garage that can include a workshop or place to hold snowmobiles and snow equipment. With a mudroom buffering the garage from the rest of the home, it creates a great transition area from the outdoors to your home’s interior.

The Coeur D’Alene Lodge

Covered decks, a mud room, multiple bedrooms and a pull through driveway are not the only things that make this floor plan the perfect layout for winter conditions. Taking on the feel of a large mountain ski lodge, the Coeur d’Alene allows you to commune with nature as well as keep yourself entertained inside with custom features like a rec room, exercise room and wine cellar.

The Colorado

The Colorado offers a unique concept in timber home living. With three distinct sections, there is a place for everyone. Gather with family and friends in the open spaces of the main level, have plenty of room for company and kids to sleep in the basement and enjoy the seclusion of an entire second floor that is dedicated to your master suite. A mudroom and double-sided fireplace connecting the living room and the porch keep the beauty of the outdoors close at hand all winter long.

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The Many Locations of the Crested Butte

December 16th, 2011

PrecisionCraft’s award-winning log and timber home floor plans not only embody quality craftsmanship and unparalleled designs, but are architectural creations that inspire homebuilders across the country and beyond. M.T.N Design’s Crested Butte plan is an exceptional example that has captured the hearts and minds of people in every region of the United States as well as regions throughout the world, and has spurred them to build versions of it that fit their land, style and architectural needs while still retaining the essence of the design that first caught their eye.

The Crested Butte is a hybrid design that mixes log walls, timber, siding, rock, metal and glass. It is a true Mountain-style home design that has inspired many. Here are just a few adaptations that we have built over the course of the last few years:

North Carolina Built on a North Carolina lakeshore, this version of the Crested Butte was built to emphasis the size of the plan. The homeowner chose large handcrafted logs, not typically available in their area, instead of hybrid log and timber construction. The finished product is a western-style log home that is complete with a walk-out basement leading to the lake and an open loft area within, making it a version of the Crested Butte that is one of a kind.

Handcrafted Creste Butte

ColoradoBuilt amongst Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, this adaptation of the Crested Butte is nearly double the square footage of the original, but still remains the most representative of the design’s unique features. The essence of the Crested Butte’s western look and feel is seen in the hybrid style of the home, combining the advantages of the views of the surrounding landscape with stone, siding and wood to make a home that is one of a kind while staying true to the design aspects that so many like about the Crested Butte.

 Colorado Crested Butte

New JerseyWhen people picture homes in New Jersey, they do not typically see a mountain-style home in that imagery. However, the Crested Butte, with its hybrid log and timber framing, fits perfectly into the landscape. The unique addition of a curved piece in the timber trusses that is repeated throughout the length of the home creates a distinct flair to this version of the Crested Butte.

New Jersey Crested Butte

Mediterranean— The Crested Butte is a design that has proven to be so versatile that its western architectural style has reached locations as far away as the Mediterranean. This version uses milled red cedar log walls and timber framing. Expanding the initial design to an impressive 8,000 square feet, this home brings the original look and feel of the Crested Butte to a new height in an exotic location.

Mediterranean Crested Butte

Inspired Living: Blending European Style & Western Tradition

November 18th, 2011

Fernando and Sylvia were a couple with a distinct vision of how they wanted their custom made home to be. Inspired by the European architecture of their native Argentina, they dreamed of building a home out West that reflected and honored their roots. With the discovery of one of PrecisionCraft’s French Country themed floor plans and a meeting with M.T.N Design, the couple’s dream of bridging their European influences with Western style began to unfold. Click on the image below to read about Fernando and Sylvia’s inspired story of a home that brings their past and present together under one magnificent roof.

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Focus on the Garage, Don’t Forget the Design

October 13th, 2011

It takes a lot of time, planning and consideration when you build your first custom log home. When you are investing in a project as big as a new home, you want to be involved on every level of the building process, including the fine detailing in every room. While getting caught up in the excitement of the design process, it can be easy to overlook areas in your home where there is seemingly little designing to do.

The garage is one such room that often gets overlooked, but it too deserves the attention to detail that you give to the rest of your home. While it may seem like just a place to put your vehicles, you will be surprised with what you can actually do with your garage space.  Here are some things to consider when designing your garage.

Above-Garage Living

Installing a living space above the garage is a popular way to create more room for your home without drastically changing your floor plans. This space is great for creating an in-law or guest suite for company, for giving your teen their own space or even for an in-home theater.  With all the possibilities of what you can do with this space, it is important to consider where you would like its entrance be located in relation to the rest of your home. Some people prefer to have the entrance to their living space located in the garage, while others may want an entrance in the garage as well as outside the home.

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Drive-through

It’s not what you think, this does not mean including a fast food restaurant in your building plans. A drive-through garage is set up where there are two vehicle entries to allow for a car to pull through the garage upon entering and leaving instead of having to back out of one door. If you are someone who has snowmobiles or other recreational vehicles, you know how difficult it is to maneuver them in a small space. Having a drive-through garage, or even a “toy” garage for all of your extra vehicles, would eliminate this problem.

Heated Floors

While this may seem like an unnecessary luxury to some, heated floors are a great way to keep your garage warm, especially in colder regions and colder seasons. If you utilize your garage space for more than just storing your vehicle, for instance; you want to add a work bench for tinkering on cars, you need a space for your tools or you were thinking about a recreational area, heated floors would open up the possibility of using your garage year-round.

Mechanical Rooms

garage_3.gifIn larger scale homes, the inclusion of a mechanical room is a serious thing to consider due to the larger quantity of appliances and machines needed to run your home. Drafting your garage design to include space for a mechanical room or even just an area set aside for your furnace, water heater, etc, is something that will be important for the layout and functionality of your garage space.

Special Areas

The possibilities are endless with what you can do with your garage space. For those who live on the green or just love to golf; add a parking space for your golf cart, or if you really love to boat and you have a nice waterfront location; consider adding storage for your boat. If you are a lover of skiing, you know the mess your equipment makes once the snow has melted; adding an area with a drainage piece can eliminate that slushy mess. From adding an area to hide your garbage cans to creating a secure safe for your guns, the design process for your garage can be fun as well as practical.
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Not sure you should include a garage?  Read our Including a Garage? article for help.

Strategies for Designing your Dream Home

September 15th, 2011

Planning your dream home is something you may have been doing for years, probably before you even purchased your land.  Once you have the land and your budget in place you can start to make those dreams of owning your own log or timber home a reality.  The Log Home Council has put together some strategies to help you along your path.  Below are a few experts, please visit the log home council’s article for even more strategies.Log Home Great Room

Create a Digital Scrapbook of Ideas

Visit photo galleries. Start collecting photos of the features you like, for each room in your floor plan. This research will help clearly convey your dream home to an architect.

Are Designs Copyrighted?

While dreaming is free, home designs may not be. Floorplans may be copyrighted. Any restrictions on duplicating plans are usually stated with the plans, on the website or at the beginning of the printed publication in which the plans appear.

Questions to Ask Yourself 

As you peruse designs, start to ask yourself some basic questions.
• What type of design do we want: single-story ranch, 1-1/2 story, split-level, two-story?
• How many square feet will we need?
• How many bedrooms do we want?
• How many baths?
• Do we need any special areas for our hobbies or toys?
• How about a home theater, a custom kitchen or exercise room?
• How much storage space will we need?

Break it Down by Area

• Make sure your floor plan includes activity areas for the following:
• Work Areas: home office, kitchen, laundry, pantry
• Sleeping Areas: bedrooms, bathrooms
• Living Areas: living room, dining room, family room, guest bath
• Storage Areas: basement, garage, out-buildings

Start a ‘Rather’ List

Create a “rather” list, i.e. “I’d rather have this, rather than that.” This will help establish priorities as you work on your design and budget.

Top three “must have these” features in my dream log home:
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Top three “these would be neat to have” features in my dream log home:
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Top three “love these, but my lender will likely disapprove” features in my log home:
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