Edi­tor’s Note

Log Home Living - - CONTENTS - DONNA PEAK Edi­tor-in- Chief

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.

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