Plan on It
Smart floor plan design is central to log home success.
Af loor plan is the first step toward making your log home happen. Chances are, you won’t get it right the first time. It’s quite common to go through many drafts and revisions, moving rooms, tweaking size and adjusting scale. But once it’s fine tuned and you see it on paper, your project takes that all-important leap from pipe dream to permanent home. These 10 tips are designed to help you assess your wants and needs so that you can achieve log home floor plan perfection.
1 Examine Your Life.
There’s a tendency to blindly follow current design trends whether they work for your lifestyle or not. Essentially, making your family fit the house instead of the other way around. The smarter strategy is to consider the makeup of your brood. Are you empty nesters with visiting grandkids? Do you have teens or aging parents?
Then look at your lifestyle. A family that enjoys formal meals needs a dining room; one that loves to kick back with a pizza and watch
the game may not. Formal entries, oversized master suites and similar design features are great, but they aren’t one size fits all. Find your balance.
2 Size Matters.
Bigger isn’t always better ... but it does always cost more. Before you arbitrarily decide you need a certain number of square feet to be happy, make sure that number makes sense. Think of your rooms in terms of activity zones; how many people will occupy them simultaneously on a regular basis; and what they’ll be doing in them at that time. The kitchen is a hub of activity, so more elbow room per person will be necessary. Chances are everyone is lounging on the couch in your family room, so maybe this is an area you can downsize (and foster more togetherness in the process). Once you determine the area you’ll need in each room, tack on another 15 percent to account for walls and traffic flow.
3 Floor Plan Fantasies.
With your essentials covered, it’s time to indulge in all those fun extras like wraparound porches, exercise rooms, home offices/libraries and wet bars. Bring your ideas to the table and ask your designer if they’ll work within your budget. Many of your requests may be doable; especially if what you really want is more room. Walls of windows, sky-high kitchen cabinets and a generally open design can make a smaller home feel spacious. Of course, your designer
Seeing your floor plan at every angle (including 3D) will help you better understand how it will flow.