Plans for the Future
When’s the last time someone asked you what your plans for the future are? For me, it’s probably been at least 20 years or more. This is a question typically heard by graduates. A major milestone — your schooling — has been completed, and with your whole life in front of you, everyone is eager to know what your next steps will be.
But future plans aren’t reserved for the young. No matter what age we are, our lives today aren’t the same as they were 10 years ago, nor will they be the same 10 years from now. We are constantly looking ahead to what’s next.
Even if no one else asks what the future holds for you, it’s something you should be thinking about at every phase of your life. Careers change, marital status shifts, kids come along and then they go (and sometimes they come back…). As we grow older, our needs change, particularly our physical ones when it comes to living in our homes. (I know the closer I get to 50, the more I feel every step of my three-story home in my knees and hips.)
There are many simple design-and-construction measures you can take to ensure your home functions flawlessly from the day you move in through the rest of your life. Starting with the housing darling of the moment: The Ranch. And we have it covered.
In “Single Level Living,” log and timber home designer Michael Grant shares his expert insight to crafting a functional-yetbeautiful ranch-style log home. (For even more tips, check out “Ranch Dressing” on page 65 and “The Single Life,” page 50). Plus, our resident builder, Dan Mitchell, chimes in with his constructive strategies for agingin-place, whether your home is one level or three. Read “From the Field,” page 32.
The best inspiration, however, comes from witnessing the creativity of others, and this issue has four outstanding home tours to get your inner architect’s wheels turning, starting with an “extreme” log home (p. 8) and ending with our cover home, a reclaimedlog and timber-frame hybrid that features a 45-foot-tall fire tower at its core (p. 80).
Regardless of style, if growing older in a functional, exceptional log home is part of your plan, I’d say your future looks bright.
Tour our “Home of the Month” on page 38.