Log Home Jour­ney

Af­ter a false start, Gary and Becky Say­man­sky cre­ate their ideal de­sign and get one step closer to log home liv­ing.

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Af­ter a false start, Gary and Becky Say­man­sky cre­ate the ideal de­sign and get one step closer to log home liv­ing.

Like most peo­ple ready to take the log home plunge, my wife, Becky, and I had a vi­sion of what we wanted in our minds’ eye, and went on the hunt to find it. This part of the process is one of the most ex­cit­ing. It’s kind of like go­ing on a trea­sure hunt. But as fun as it is, it’s also a bit frus­trat­ing when you can’t find ex­actly what you’re look­ing for — at least not at first.

Af­ter look­ing through a num­ber of is­sues of Log Home Liv­ing, we got real close. We found our first floor plan, “The McKay” from Hochstetler Milling, and we fell in love with it. Our wish list in­cluded an open com­mon area, mud­room and a large pantry and an­gled is­land in the kitchen, which also in­cluded lots and

lots of stor­age. The McKay had many of these qual­i­ties, but it wasn’t ex­actly right.

We met Steve Lykins, the chief de­signer at the Loudounville, Ohio-based log home man­u­fac­turer, to dis­cuss the mod­i­fi­ca­tions Becky and I wanted to make. While we were work­ing on the changes with Steve, Becky hap­pened upon a ta­ble filled with Hochstetler’s floor plans of other mod­els. She started brows­ing through them and came across a plan — “The Or­chard View” — that had the lay­out we were look­ing for. Im­me­di­ately, we scrapped “The McKay” and told Steve “The Or­chard View” was the one for us.

The de­sign is 2,817 square feet, with three bed­rooms and three baths. Even though it was a bet­ter fit for our wish list, we still wanted to the plan to feel more like “ours,” so we asked for a few re­vi­sions, which Steve and Hochstetler were happy to ac­com­mo­date. We moved sev­eral in­te­rior walls to cre­ate more stor­age and closet space, which was fairly easy to do, but a ma­jor change came to the front el­e­va­tion. The mid­dle dormer was elim­i­nated and re­placed with a peaked front porch roof. We cre­ated this peak us­ing heavy tim­bers which added the “WOW” fac­tor we were look­ing for.

Once the fi­nal set of plans were com­pleted to our sat­is­fac­tion and our lo­cal build­ing in­spec­tor stamped them, we were ready to get es­ti­mates. Joseph Hochstetler, the lead sales con­sul­tant, and Steven, the chief es­ti­ma­tor, both of Hochstetler Milling, de­vel­oped a com­pre­hen­sive Bill of Ma­te­ri­als and quote. Our Bill of Ma­te­ri­als con­sisted of most of the main build­ing com­po­nents to com­plete our home: logs, sub-floor­ing, win­dows, ex­te­rior doors, trim, deck­ing, in­te­rior and ex­te­rior rail­ings, tim­bers and stairs. Fi­nally, af­ter months of dream­ing about our house and mak­ing changes to the de­sign, we were ready to place our log home or­der. Now it’s get­ting real.

LEFT: Becky and Gary were smart to de­sign the home the way they did. Though it’s a multi-story lay­out, the plan places all of the fun­da­men­tals — mas­ter suite, great room and laun­dry — on the main floor so the home func­tions now and down the road.

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