Tour this Handcrafted Log Cabin Home

August 5th, 2013

 Rustic Charm Meets Luxury StyleInspired Living: Handcrafted Log Cabin Home

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!

View from a Handcrafted Log Cabin Home  Handcrafted Log Home Bedroom  Inspired Living Handcrafted Log Home Story

Over the past few months, PrecisionCraft has presented its Inspired Living stories, real life examples of clients creating 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 an M.T.N Design plan and customized it to make it their own.  Now that’s Inspired Living!

A View from the Front

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

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 PorchFront 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?Balcony

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.

PrecisionCraft Releases Infographic: ‘All About Log Homes’

April 3rd, 2013

Got questions about log home maintenance or styles? We’ve just released a fun and informative infographic entitled, “All About Log Homes” that will help answer your basic questions!

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Land Buying Checklist

March 14th, 2013

When you purchase a piece of property, your decision of where and what lot should stem from more than its natural beauty and pristine views. By knowing the land’s history and the condition of its surrounding areas before you buy, you will have a more accurate depiction of what your budget and timeline for construction will be. Here are some things to consider when looking for that ideal piece of land to build your log or timber home upon.

Is the Land in Proximity to Necessary Services?

While mountain style homes and rugged locations often go hand-in-hand, it is good to be aware of where the closest amenities are. For instance, how far are the nearest police and fire stations? Will a grocery store be close by? How about a gas station? Even if your goal is to get away, it is still important to check how far away you will be from these services.

Are Utilities Accessible? 

Are there accessible utilities for your location? Is it in an area where public water, sewer, and electric are available or will you have to pull those sources to the site? Will you have to dig a well and septic system? The cost and effort expended to supply utilities to your site will vary depending on your location.  Before you purchase, you should check with the area’s utility providers so you can better understand and be prepared for what is involved.

Does the Land Have Road Access?

Does the property have a main road leading to it or will one have to be made? How far away are the major roadway systems? If there is no road to the site, you will have to consider not only how much it will cost to build a road, but how long it will take and also what the impact the site might be.

Is the Lot on Federal or State Lands?

Many couples building a log or timber retreat are often looking for a location where they can get away from it all. If you are looking for that undisturbed piece of property, look to see if your land falls under federal or state protected land rules. While these lands can have a pristine quality, they may also have rules that can affect how you will use the land. For instance, if you are looking at a waterfront property that is also a protected waterfowl habitat, you probably won’t be able to have a boat house or dock.

Do You Know What it Costs to Build in the Area?

Property costs don’t actually impact or reflect building costs, but your location does. In fact, the cost per square foot to build can vary from location to location. By checking into what it costs to build in your area, you can evaluate how much these costs will affect your project’s budget and timeline.

Are You Aware of All Codes and Covenants?

Many communities across North America have covenants or codes that put stipulations on what exactly you can do on your property. Design and construction factors like how high you can build your home and what trees can be cut down on your property can be determined by the area’s codes. It is important to be aware of all codes and covenants before your begin your project.

What are the Zoning and Density Requirements?

You may love the secluded value of your lot, but will it always be this way? By checking with the local building department you can research your area’s zoning and density requirements to see how nearby developments could affect your views, construction, and noise levels, now and in the future.

Would You be Building by a Fault or Floodplain?

Is that piece of property you are looking at located near a body of water or in an area that is known for earthquakes? Check to see if you fall within the area’s floodplain or fault zones. If your lot is within these zones, you will want to alert your designer so that they can make the necessary adaptions to your design before you begin construction.


It is your dream to build a mountain style home that will last for generations. By following this checklist, you can make a more educated decision on where you should build this home.

Log Home Design Modifications

February 14th, 2013

At PrecisionCraft, we know the popularity of our floor plan gallery not only stems from the one-of-a-kind design concepts it features, but also from the exciting examples it provides of how past clients have altered a particular design. In a campaign to show our clients the freedom they have to customize their design beyond minor layout changes, we’ve started a four-part series highlighting real client project modifications. Below we list these four areas of design that we will focus on.

Square Foot Reduction

Altering Square Footage

Requests to reduce or enlarge a floor plan’s overall square footage are common, but sometimes difficult for clients to envision. We’ve worked with empty-nesters who love the dynamic layout of a larger plan but want to reduce it to fit their two-person lifestyle, as well as with clients who are drawn to a specific smaller design but need more space. Whatever size you want your home’s square footage to be, your designer will work with you to ensure that the details you love in the original concept will carry through to your own unique design.

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Adapting Product Styles

Another popular modification our clients ask is if they can adapt or change their project’s product. Whether it is a milled log design concept altered to incorporate timber framing, or a handcrafted floor plan adapted to a mountain accent, our in-house design firm, M.T.N. Design can work with a plan’s design to utilize your preferred product style.

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Changing Product Type

Adding or Removing Levels

Adding and removing the amount of levels you have in your home is another way to modify the original concept you love to better suit your needs. For the newly retired couple who is looking to their future lifestyle by wanting to reduce the use of stairs in their floor plan, this may mean turning the concept the like into a single level home. For a family building on a mountainside, adding a walkout basement level may be a natural choice to better take advantage of their sloped property.

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Redistributing Square Footage

Often times we will have clients come to us who have selected a design concept that they love, at roughly the square footage they desire, but the layout isn’t quite where they want it to be. For some, that might mean mirroring the floor plan to better suit their property. Or for others, it could mean eliminating an office space to expand their master bathroom. By redistributing the existing square footage of a plan, we are able to achieve your desired layouts.

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