Plan on It

Smart floor plan de­sign is cen­tral to log home suc­cess.

Log Home Living - - 2018 ANNUAL BUYER'S GUIDE -

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.

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