Wednesday, February 25, 2015
A custom-designed log home does give you that uniqueness but in most cases does cost more than a stock plan. One of the benefits of using a stock plan is that it's a design that's already been built so there is the less likelihood of construction errors. Also, there are usually cost-saving options built into the design.
We chose the Tall Timbers plan from Hiawatha and modified it; opening up the loft, bumping out the bedroom and reducing a closet in the guest room. These modifications made us feel we were still getting a custom-designed home but without all the costs associated with it.
Take a look at our stock floor plans and see if something catches your eye: http://www.bearcountryloghomes.com/floor-plans.html
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Let's look at some of the possible uses for the loft space:
- 1. Bedroom / Guest Bedroom
- 2. Reading area / library
- 3. Game space to put a pool table, ping pong table, etc.
- 4. Home Office
While we are on the subject of lighting, make sure to plan on adding lighting and windows that will make sure you are not left with a too darkened space. We left the loft in our log home open so it overlooks a 2-story living room and looks out at a wall of windows. This makes the area such a sunny space and we enjoy being able to see the lake views when we are up there.
It's important to note that a loft does add extra cost to your log home. If you already planning on have a 2nd story, then this could provide a lesser cost option in some cases. Hiawatha has a great selection of floor plans with and without lofts. Be sure to visit www.bearcountryloghomes.com to view our models and to begin planning your log home dream today!
*This photo was taken before we furnished the loft as a guest bedroom.