ASK PRO­FES­SOR ROB

What are some ways to per­son­al­ize floor plans?

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Per­son­al­ize your floor plan.

A:Don’t for­get the spe­cial places. I would as­sume it’s safe for me to say, “No two log homes are alike.” Sure, there are stan­dard floor plans, but those are mostly for ideas and in­spi­ra­tion and to get your cre­ative juices flow­ing.

Log homes are, after all, cus­tom. Each is a unique re­flec­tion of the peo­ple who dreamed them up. And since we as in­di­vid­u­als are all dif­fer­ent, each home is dif­fer­ent as well.

So, when cre­at­ing your one- of- a-kind home, don’t for­get to in­clude items that are truly YOU. Sewing rooms, art stu­dios, me­dia rooms, game rooms and out­door liv­ing spa­ces are all common cus­tom fea­tures found in log homes that are fairly un­com­mon in con­ven­tional hous­ing.

You may want to plan way out­side the box. I once built a home for a cou­ple who had a mon­key room. Re­ally. They had pet mon­keys and wanted a spot in their home where they could watch the mon­keys as they “mon­keyed around” in their own space. You might not want a mon­key room, but to them it was a very im­por­tant fea­ture that made them en­joy their home all that much more. And it’s OK, be­cause it’s THEIR HOUSE.

As you plan your de­sign, don’t for­get any spe­cial out­side-the- box fea­tures that would make you en­joy your new cus­tom home even more for many years to come. After all, when you are done build­ing your log home and move in, there isn’t go­ing to be another one in the whole world that’s like it. Rob Clut­ter con­ducts half- day Univer­sity ses­sions at the Log & Tim­ber Home Show and other lo­ca­tions. For a class sched­ule and to reg­is­ter, visit the web­site: http:// bit. ly/ 1ipSdpQ

Got a ques­tion for Pro­fes­sor Rob? E-MAIL YOUR QUES­TIONS TO:

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