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Designing a Log Home
Many people dream of one day living in their very own log home. Trained carpenters may plan to build their log homes but most people will simply want a say in the design of the floor plan. Log homes require very specific construction skills and itís not a project for an amateur. But even if youíre not involved in the physical construction of the log cabin it is your home and youíll want to make it uniquely yours by having an original floor plan design that reflects your tastes and style.
There are thousands of log home floor plans and designs to browse through before you start building so you can get ideas on traditional frames, contemporary additions and a general sense of the number of floors, bedrooms and bathrooms you will want to have and other layout details. Seeing how others have constructed log cabins can stir your creative juices and lead to innovative plans. Log home floor plans give you a better idea of the space it will take to fulfill your log home dream and give you new ideas on custom additions and designs.
Designing a log home allows you the freedom to embrace the natural surroundings and have your home reflect a rustic and genuine charm. Free standing timber structures with a fine exterior finish look perfect in rural and country settings. Of course there are also many contemporary designs in the style of a lodge or vacation retreat. Itís your home so in the conception process put all your ideas on the table to see what is possible within the sphere of log home construction.
Log homes today bring the tradition of frontier time practicality into contemporary designs that use squared logs with delicately hewn corner notching on the exterior. Log homes were very popular when the United States settled the west and the timeless architecture are again being used for homes, vacation retreats and country getaways.
Floor plan designs for log homes include a number of classic log cabin styles including Western log and timber, Adirondack, Appalachian and French Country to name only a few of the more popular models. Each of these floor plan designs has unique, rustic features that add character to your log home. With exteriors that recall an earlier time and interiors as modern as luxury condos todayís log cabin home is a perfect blend of traditional craftsmanship and state-of-the-art design.
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