September 12th, 2013
Browsing through PrecisionCraft’s floor plan concepts, couples will find a wide variety of style ideas; from Adirondack to French Country, handcrafted to timber frame, and sprawling log home to cozy cabin. Much like the different styles and plans, our clients also come to us from various backgrounds, each desiring unique floor plans for their lifestyle. Today we look at the Telluride, and how it was modified to fit a client’s specific project goals.
The Telluride concept was designed as part of PrecisionCraft’s line of Rustic Luxury™ Log Cabins. The designs within this line were created to showcase how homeowners could still achieve the creative mountain-style look they were searching for, but at a more intimate square footage.
Comprised of milled walls, large handcrafted posts, and stone, the Telluride’s western style exterior creates a rugged cabin look that is perfect for a mountain retreat. At a little over 1,500 square feet, the floor plan has two full master suites within a more intimate layout without the feeling of crowding.
The Modified Telluride
Building on a lakefront property in Montezuma, Iowa, this client worked with M.T.N Design to retain the rugged look of the Telluride’s exterior as well as the interior layout. However, they added nearly 1,000 square feet of unfinished basement to the design. When complete, the basement will hold an additional bedroom suite as well as extra communal living space for visiting guests.
To learn more about the Telluride and other cabin style plans, visit our Rustic Luxury™ Log Cabins page.
August 15th, 2013
For many people, their log or timber home is a place where they can escape from everyday life, and enjoy views of their property. Because of this, many clients who are building or have already built their dream home will choose to include custom outdoor living structures. Here are four completed spaces by TimberScape Outdoor Living Structures—a company that prides itself on creating stylish, custom outdoor spaces.
Log Bungalow in Connecticut
This Bungalow design was built to compliment an existing home near central Connecticut. Blending the natural look of log and stone with the industrial feel of iron braces and tension rods, the structure creates a unique outdoor experience for the family and friends.
A Haiti Trailwind
The unique beauty of TimberScape’s designs has been seen across North America, and even as far as Haiti. The Trailwind features a split design that allows room for multiple spaces like a dining, sitting, and kitchen area. Its notched timber posts and detailed braces compliment the exotic ecosystem of Haiti perfectly.
A Timber Frame Sienna Breeze
The Sienna Breeze’s heavy timber beams, crisscrossed by custom barrel trusses create a presence that enhances the look and feel of this backyard space. As a gazebo-like structure, it is great for adding that extra bit of shaded space for enjoying a summer barbeque with the neighbors.
A Custom Pergola
For many clients, creating an outdoor structure that flows with and compliments their home’s design might mean that a completely custom outdoor structure is required. For this Montana couple, they wanted their outdoor area to match the western style of their log and timber home. This custom pergola uses stout timber posts and a cross-hatched timber beam roof to create the open, airy design they were looking for.
For more information about TimberScape Outdoor Structures, including design concepts and a photo gallery, visit: http://www.timberscape.com/
August 5th, 2013
Rustic Charm Meets Luxury Style
Log home enthusiasts worldwide will love PrecisionCraft’s final Inspired Living story. With a 360 degree view of the Lemhi Range, access to Idaho’s finest rivers and headwaters, and a style reminiscent of an old mining town, this handcrafted log cabin home blends modern design with true rustic living!
Over the past few months, PrecisionCraft has presented its Inspired Living stories, real life examples of clients turning Mountain Architects’ design concepts into extraordinary log homes. This month, PrecisionCraft takes you on a tour of its final Inspired Living home, a beautiful handcrafted log cabin home nestled in the Lemhi Range just outside Mackay, Idaho. Get the full story behind this rustic log cabin home.
Find more design inspiration in PrecisionCraft’s award winning Log Home Plans Gallery. Here you will find PrecisionCraft’s featured Client Variations; examples of how their clients have taken a Mountain Architects’ plan and customized it to make it their own. Now that’s Inspired Living!
June 13th, 2013
Many future log or timber homeowners tend to think that whether inside or out, their view-facing sides of the home are where they will be spending the most of their time. While for many people, this may be true, don’t forget the possibilities available for your front-facing elevations as well. Here are some great examples of features you and your designer can include in your floor plan to make it more interactive from every angle.
Porte-Cochere—A Porte-Cochere or portico is a covering that protrudes from the entrance of the home, allowing vehicles to pass under it as well as creating extended overhead protection for visitors and guests. Including a portico in a design’s front elevation can add a unique element to the overall look that is both distinct and useful.
Front Patios—Whether it is a small front deck for sitting outside in quiet reflection with a good book, or a large patio for sitting and catching up with friends, including a porch or deck to your design’s front-facing elevation can offer great extensions in your livable square footage.
Breakfast or Reading Nooks—Many wood homes are oriented on their site for a specific purpose, for many it is so that the home’s communal spaces can witness the best views, while others may have their home oriented for energy efficiency purposes. Perhaps your home’s layout is designed so that you can watch the sunset out of your great room window every day, why not include a breakfast or reading nook on the front-facing side to catch those early morning rays as the sun rises as well?
Balconies—The amount of interaction available for your home’s front-facing side does not have to be limited to the main floor. Consider extending these spaces to the upper levels as well with balconies or a series of gables or dormers. Collaborate with your designer on what options would work best with your overall design.
There are many other options for creating a layout for your home that is completely interactive, from unique landscaping designs to balconies. Speak with your designer today on what modifications you can make to your design.
April 25th, 2013
How you will use the spaces within your home can dictate not only their design, but where they will be placed in the overall layout. A bath’s design is no exception to this, which is why it is important to think about what purposes each bathroom space will serve, as well as where they will make the most sense in the overall layout of the home. Here are some things to think about for your bath design when you begin working with a designer.
Influenced By Lifestyle
There is no specific formula for figuring out just how many baths are needed in a home. Instead, homeowners should think about their lifestyle and how and where bathroom spaces would be useful for their family. Beyond the common inclusion of a master bathroom, will there be a need for additional full baths? Some homeowners might feel the need to assign one bath to every bedroom, while others may decide there is only need for one full bath and will add half baths and powder rooms where it makes sense. Others might put a shared bath or jack and jill bath between adjacent rooms or sibling rooms. In multilevel homes, it is also important to think about how far away a bathroom is from each level.
Overall Layouts and Baths
Where will your bathroom space be best located in the overall flow? Beyond the master suite, think about what other areas could use a place to wash and freshen up. If you are building your wood home to act as a ski retreat or a lakeside getaway, a half bath next to the mudroom for cleaning up after these outdoor activities may be a good thing to consider. If you are including an additional level with a communal space and bedrooms, think about whether you will want one communal bathroom, baths located within the bedrooms, or perhaps even both. Will you have a dedicated guest bath? If so, where will it be located in relation to the main living spaces? It is important to find the balance between keeping a guest bath accessible, while still retaining privacy—putting the bath next to the dining room or TV, might not be the ideal place for privacy.
Many people get excited about the different features they can incorporate into their baths; from what tile they will use to whether or not the space will include double sinks. That is why it is good to think about things like, whether or not you will keep the toilets segregated from the rest of their baths. Or if the full baths in your home will have a bathtub and shower, or just one. Keep in mind that there are still other ways to customize your bath rooms. For example, a past client once had urinals designed into their bunk room’s bath to accommodate for multiple grandsons. Steam rooms, saunas, and bidets are also popular additions to the conventional bathroom design.
For more pictures of bathrooms and the different styles that can be achieved, take a look at the PrecisionCraft bathroom photo gallery.