Sweet Dreams are Made of This

The dreami­est bed­rooms in­te­grate ne­ces­si­ties with beauty to cre­ate a re­lax­ing space.

Timber Home Living - - Contents - By Claudia John­son, Hon­est Abe Log Homes

It’s no won­der that so many time­less songs have been writ­ten about sleep­ing. Af­ter all, more than a third of one’s life is spent in bed. But for cus­tom log or tim­ber frame home­own­ers, the sleep­ing spa­ces tend to be­come – to quote Shake­speare – “such stuff as dreams are made on.”

“De­sign of a bed­room is a di­rect re­flec­tion of how the home­owner per­ceives the space,” ob­served Melissa Copas, who has been cre­at­ing cus­tom plans for Hon­est Abe Log Homes in Moss, Ten­nessee, for the past 20 years. “For in­stance, we’ve had home­own­ers who ori­ented their bed­room based solely on the view they wished to see as they rise in the morn­ing.”

The de­signer noted that in many ways, mak­ing choices about bed­rooms for a log or tim­ber frame home is no dif­fer­ent than for any type of home. De­ci­sions like the num­ber of bed­rooms needed, the size of each room and whether there will be an ad­ja­cent bathroom are ba­sic.

Copas pointed out that for log and tim­ber home­own­ers, there are ad­di­tional de­sign op­tions that may not al­ways be con­sid­ered with a tra­di­tion­ally built home. The height of­ten cre­ated by log and tim­ber roof sys­tems can lend it­self to the op­tion of a bed­room loft. This ad­di­tional ver­ti­cal space has been cre­atively claimed by some Hon­est Abe home­own­ers for use as a read­ing nook, a small li­brary, a ce­les­tial ob­ser­va­tion point and a com­puter al­cove.

“One of the great ad­van­tages of fash­ion­ing bed­room space is that with in­te­rior walls, there are sev­eral op­tions,” Copas said. “Sheetrock, wood, tim­ber frame or a com­bi­na­tion of ma­te­ri­als can achieve a look en­tirely dif­fer­ent

from the pre­dom­i­nately wood ar­eas of the more open rooms of the house.”

In re­cent years the in­cor­po­ra­tion of a small of­fice has be­come preva­lent for those who ex­tend their work space into the bed­room. More bed­rooms are fea­tur­ing fire­places and sit­ting ar­eas. Doors open­ing from a master suite onto a deck, porch or pa­tio – of­ten pri­vate – are an in­creas­ingly com­mon fea­ture.

“Choices of win­dows, light­ing, in­te­rior walls, ceil­ing treat­ment, flooring and even the log style it­self can add to the beauty of any bed­room,” she said. “We’ve done some very cre­ative things with small spa­ces in va­ca­tion homes and with chil­dren’s rooms.”

Copas en­cour­ages those plan­ning

a log or tim­ber frame home to thor­oughly dis­cuss ex­pec­ta­tions and ideas for each type of bed­room with the project’s de­signer, who should be able to reach a bal­ance be­tween beauty and ne­ces­sity.

“Bed­rooms have long been con­sid­ered func­tional rooms where peo­ple sleep or just per­sonal spa­ces of refuge and relaxation,” Copas said. “But just be­cause a bed­room is de­signed for func­tion­al­ity, aes­thet­ics need not be sac­ri­ficed.”

Copas has se­lected pho­tos of some of the bed­rooms cre­ated for Hon­est Abe cus­tomers to il­lus­trate how the most per­sonal room of a home can be stun­ningly beau­ti­ful and re­lax­ing.

ABOVE: A strik­ing cor­ner bed­room com­bines an un­ex­pected mix­ture of ma­te­ri­als and styles, in­clud­ing one round log ex­te­rior wall; one ex­te­rior tim­ber frame wall fea­tur­ing a square and arched win­dow con­fig­u­ra­tion; a nat­u­ral fin­ish tongue-and-groove...

Photo by Roger Wade Stu­dio

TOP: Hon­est Abe’s award-win­ning Cam­bridge plan used for the com­pany’s model home in Crossville, Ten­nessee, fea­tures a se­cond floor bed­room suite with a home of­fice area built into a bay win­dow; an ex­tra-large walk-in closet with ad­di­tional room for...

Photo by Roger Wade Stu­dio

ABOVE: Hon­est Abe home­own­ers have pri­or­i­tized guest room de­sign like this one in which the dark stained flooring, nat­u­ral fin­ished square logs, soft light of the ceil­ing fan and dark wood fur­ni­ture cre­ate a cozy space. Guests en­joy morn­ing cof­fee or a...

Wade Stu­dio Photo by Roger Photo by Jeff Gartin Pho­tog­ra­phy

BELOW: Many Hon­est Abe cus­tomers have re­quested spe­cial de­signs for grand­chil­dren’s rooms. This grand­mother wanted to evoke the feel of sum­mer camp for three young chil­dren. The log walls, wood floors and sub­stan­tial hand­crafted fur­nish­ings pro­vide...

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