Fea­tured Floor Plan

Log Home Living - - CONTENTS - Jan­ice Brewster

Per­ma­nent Va­ca­tion

Af­ter spend­ing va­ca­tions in the moun­tains of British Columbia, Brenda and Jim John­son were ready to make the area their year-round home. They searched and searched for prop­erty, fi­nally find­ing a 4.5-acre lot with a rel­a­tively small build­able area, but a fan­tas­tic view of the moun­tains.

Why a log home: In­spired by “Tim­ber Kings,” a cable tele­vi­sion show about Cana­dian log home builders, the John­sons planned to build a log home. Then they re­al­ized the idea of log post-and-beam ap­pealed to them even more. Hand­crafted char­ac­ter logs are still a ma­jor fea­ture of the con­struc­tion, but the home won’t have tra­di­tional stacked-log walls. Most important fea­tures: Ea­ger to leave be­hind the short sum­mers they are ac­cus­tomed to in the Saskatchewan prairie where they’d been liv­ing, the John­sons wanted the de­sign of their home to al­low for plenty of out­door spa­ces. An open plan that would give them main-level liv­ing while still ac­com­mo­dat­ing many guests was high on their list.

The Lowdown

The John­sons were im­pressed with the work of Tyee Log and Tim­ber in Kim­ber­ley, British Columbia. They worked with owner Rob Wheeler to de­velop a plan that took full ad­van­tage of the site, which has a ravine on three sides. The main liv­ing area fea­tures a fire­place and is sur­rounded by out­door spa­ces the John­sons can use whether they’re look­ing for sun or shade.

The Inside Scoop

Western red cedar with nat­u­rally flared ends that mea­sure up to 42 inches in di­am­e­ter are used as posts in the John­sons’ home. Us­ing the over­sized log posts does af­fect the de­sign, Rob says. If you plan on log post-and­beam con­struc­tion, con­sider:

The size of rooms. Posts with large bases can take up quite a bit of floor space.

Op­tions for per­son­al­iza­tion. The John­sons have had sev­eral posts carved by artists. An ea­gle with a nest and a howl­ing wolf are en­graved into the posts that will flank their en­try door.

Ex­te­rior fin­ishes. The John­sons’ home em­ploys studframe con­struc­tion, which can be fin­ished in a va­ri­ety of ways on the ex­te­rior. If you choose post-and-beam con­struc­tion, you can still use half-logs on your home’s ex­te­rior for a tra­di­tional stacked-log look.

Less shrink­age. Full log walls can shrink and set­tle as the logs dry. With log post-and-beam con­struc­tion, shrink­age and set­tle­ment aren’t as sig­nif­i­cant.

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