Style Stand­outs

To­day’s log home can look and feel any way you want it to. Here are a few fa­vorite mo­tifs.

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The over­ar­ch­ing de­sign aes­thetic you want your home to have will af­fect ev­ery­thing from your floor plan to your fur­nish­ings. As you em­bark on your de­sign jour­ney, gather a port­fo­lio of pho­tos, both ex­te­rior and in­te­rior, that ap­peal to you and spread them out. Group sim­i­lar styles to­gether — you’ll likely see a pat­tern emerge. Maybe you’ll find you’re par­tial to a long, low ranch or you ap­pre­ci­ate the con­tem­po­rary side of log home con­struc­tion with a moun­tain-mod­ern vibe. There’s no wrong an­swer. Log home style can be any­thing you want it to be. Use these bench­mark ex­am­ples to help you hone your log home’s look.

1. Cozy Crafts­man

One of the more rec­og­niz­able hous­ing styles, the Crafts­man move­ment is dis­tinctly Amer­i­can. Emerg­ing as a re­bel­lion against the per­ceived medi­ocrity of mass pro­duc­tion dur­ing the In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion, it fa­vors hand­crafts­man­ship and unique de­sign el­e­ments in­side and out, and log con­struc­tion is a per­fect ve­hi­cle for this style.

Long, low roof lines top one to one­and-a-half sto­ries con­tain­ing in­tri­cate floor plans. Mixed ma­te­ri­als such as stone-clad pillars that are square and flair at the bot­tom, stand­ing-seam metal roofs and heavy tim­ber trusses com­ple­ment the log walls.

2. Down on the Farm

The log farm­house look can take sev­eral forms. A two-story fa­cade with large gables and a wrap-around front porch is the clas­sic home­stead. It’s ver­sa­tile, time­less and a fa­vorite among log home devo­tees.

There is also a “con­nected” style that gives the ap­pear­ance the house was added onto over time. By us­ing a va­ri­ety of build­ing ma­te­ri­als like cedar shake, stone and even brick in dis­tinc­tive seg­ments, it feels as though gen­er­a­tions have ex­panded it to ac­com­mo­date the grow­ing and chang­ing needs of the fam­ily.

3. At Home with Adiron­dack

Rang­ing from sim­ple boathouse de­signs to the Great Camps, this style isn’t limited to the re­gion from which it draws its name. If you like the rugged, highly tex­tured log look, this is the style for you no mat­ter where you live. Na­tive ma­te­ri­als, like stone and twig rail­ings, are in­te­gral com­po­nents of this clas­sic log home ar­chi­tec­ture. Floor plans are some­what com­part­men­tal­ized (even de­tached out­build­ings are com­mon) with a grand gath­er­ing space at its core. Square-paned case­ment win­dows and a com­bi­na­tion of steep-pitch and low shed rooflines round out the look.

4. Mod­ern Times

Ris­ing from the grow­ing in­ter­est in hy­brid log- and-tim­ber home con­struc­tion, the “moun­tain mod­ern” de­sign op­tion in­fuses clas­sic, nat­u­ral log el­e­ments with metal, glass and other more in­dus­trial ar­chi­tec­tural ma­te­ri­als. Low, an­gu­lar pro­files and flat roofs are com­mon traits, as are very open floor plans. These homes tend to be sleek and so­phis­ti­cated rather than rus­tic and nat­u­ral, yet they blend high style with their or­ganic sur­round­ings.

5. Quin­tes­sen­tial Cabin

Of all the styles, this is the one that most fre­quently comes to mind when you say the words “log home.” It’s clas­sic, it’s time­less and it’s rus­tic to its core.

Square logs will give it a home­stead­ers’ ap­peal; round logs will lend a Scan­di­na­vian feel. Ei­ther way, keep it small and cute as a but­ton, and you’ll achieve the ul­ti­mate cabin in the woods.

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