By Michael Schmid at April 28 2019 09:46:06
By and large, almost any residential floor plan can be adapted to a log home, but there are substantial differences and considerations that need to be addressed. One such example is that of room dimensions as they relate to the diameter of the logs you will be utilizing. A custom handcrafted home made from 20" diameter logs will have a different footprint than one requiring 6" milled logs. If this is the first time you will be dealing with a log home manufacturer or architect, make sure you are comparing 'apples to apples' when discussing interior dimensions. If you want a room to be 14' wide, make certain that your designer knows that you want the interior of the room to have 14' of open clearance and not measured from the center of the corresponding logs. Using the example above, your 14' room could shrink to 12' if such presumptions are not understood.
A poorly laid out floor plan can create serious issues with financing if extra money has to be borrowed or things have to be corrected later. The next step is to consider the floor plan of the service centers, if there are any. These should be set near to where the customers are going to be while still being out of the way. You may also want to consider the fact that they may need to be near the kitchen.