How To Choose What Log Home Floor Plan Suites Your Living Needs
December 28, 2008 § Leave a comment
Building a log home is one of the trends these days, isn’t it? Even though owning a log home was already alive since 1800s, it’s reviving itself and it seems that the number of log home owners continually increases.
Getting a log home used to be a struggle, because people know having one is too costly. Floor planning for their log home is also a struggle, as well. It’s like a hellish road that they need to cross by before reaching to their ever-dreamed log homes.
People need a log home they can afford, and one that fits into their lifestyle. Choosing a floor plan and elevating the design to satisfy their needs will require some research, examination of own self’s feeling and thoughts, and creative motivation. Here are some guidelines that will wholly help you on choosing the most excellent log home floor plan for you and your family.
Know your Location
This is one of the first things you need to consider. Of course you can’t build your own log home if you don’t have any place for it. What’s the type of the land plot you own? Is it water front, wood type, or mountain? You must also know what kind your location is and its difference from the others. This is because not all floor plans fit with a certain building site. An illustration of this is, you must build your home on a slope or dug-in to a hillside if you have a walk-out basement.
Furthermore, some plans are constructed to achieve the advantages laid by the location of the home in relation to the sunlight. That’s why even though you already have a property you should still plan on how you’re going to position your home in your land. Do you want to it to face the big street in your place, or you just want it not to be noticed by the people on your street?
In addition to this, consider the exterior views of your log home. Is it too much eclipsed and the light can’t get in? It would be better if your house isn’t that darkened because if it is, you will need to use more light from your fluorescent bulb, and that will be an additional expense for your family. On the contrary, if you don’t want your log home to be so much lightened you may use overhangs to keep the sun out. And if you want people walking on the street to easily notice your log home, you may put double-picture windows to attract them.
Measure the Appropriate Dimensions
This is also a very significant part of choosing a log home floor plan. You must be very sure that you and your designer have understood each other’s thoughts or opinions. For example, if you want an 18” wide room, clearly tell to your designer that you want the interior of the room be 18” wide. The measurement should be from the wall and not from the outside of the log. If a misunderstanding happens, the measurement of your room might shrink into 16” because some designers include the parallel logs while measuring the room. You can not change this anymore once the building of your log starts so as soon as possible, discuss this with your designer.
One illustration is that of room dimensions as they relate to the diameter of the logs you will be utilizing. A custom handcrafted home made from 20″ diameter logs will have a different footprint than one requiring 6″ milled logs. If this is the first time you will be dealing with a log home manufacturer or architect, make sure you are comparing ‘apples to apples’ when discussing interior dimensions.
Count your Pals and Identify the Things you Commonly Do in a House
Knowing the numbers of your pals and taking note of what you usually do in a house is very helpful in log home floor planning.
You should know how many people usually go to your home, in addition to the number of family members and pets. You should reflect on this because the space of your would-be log must accommodate the number of them. It’s awkward to have a well-made log home but your pals and other relatives can’t get in just because it’s too crowded.
List down your basic household operations such as eating, washing your dishes, cooking, washing clothes and stuff. There should be enough space for these operations that’s why this should be taken into consideration. You don’t want to live in a superb log home but family members can’t do their own hobbies, collection-displaying and other family activities, do you? Due to this, you may expand your floor plan so it will satisfy the space in a house you’re desiring for.
Setting a Budget and Maximizing Space
For the not so fortunate people regarding money, budgeting the building of their log homes may be one of the hardest things to deal with. Probably it’s on the top list of the things they’re considering when thinking about log home floor planning. Well if you’re not one of them, you might be lucky in a way.
There are major factors that affect the cost of log home floor planning. Some of these are complexity of design, the choice of building materials, level of finishes, build site conditions and build site location.