Log Home Planning – Articles & Book Excerpts
Hand Hewn Logs or a Log Cabin Kit?
Imagine yourself living in a cozy log cabin tucked away somewhere in the backwoods. It’s an idyllic flight of fancy, but once it becomes lodged in your mind it cannot be extracted. It becomes a part of you, and whether it grows or it festers, it’s there to stay. And you know if you’re ever to have any peace, you’ll just have to make it come true.
There are lots of ways to build a log house or cabin, but they all boil down to two choices: you can assemble a kit made from logs milled to identical specs, or you […]
Floor Plan Follies
What do people planning a log home want more than anything? Floor plans. That’s according to survey after survey. Floor plans — two-dimensional representations of room layouts — are great ways for people to start visualizing their home, specifically how it will live. I’ve observed couples examining floor plans by moving their fingers through the rooms to get a sense of the flow and commenting on the suitability of various layouts for their new homes.
Given this popularity, why then, do floor plan sections in log-home magazines devote so little space to the actual layouts? Most so-called plans emphasize pictures of […]
Keep Your Eye on the “Log Home” Prize
Whenever I speak to gatherings of people intending to buy a log home, I pose the question: What do you need most to make it happen? They’re unanimous in their answer: money. I acknowledge that money is essential, but I tell them two other things matter more. They’re stumped, but a few take a stab. Land? A floor plan? A builder? Again, you need them all, but two things you need most to succeed in turning your dream into reality are passion and commitment.
Passion matters because nobody needs a log home. It’s one of life’s options. You have to want […]