My husband and I always envisioned an open layout with a log staircase and a loft above. The open layout of the living room and kitchen would enable family togetherness - I liked the idea if I was in the kitchen cooking, I could still be a part of the conversation with family members and friends in the living room.
The log staircase was a luxury "must have" item but we felt it would give a great craftsman's feel to the cabin. Our log home consultant advised ordering a second set of log stairs for our basement so the design carried through. We had to bite the bullet on the cost (they were $1500 per log stair package) but we knew it would look better in the end.
The loft was another "must have" and we just couldn't picture a log cabin without it. We are going to use it for a dual purpose - a bunk house for the kids and an additional seating area to read books and listen to music.
The "needs" involved having at least 3 bedrooms to accommodate family and guests, a walk out basement for affordable additional space, and an egress window in the basement to create a future bedroom.
Here are a few things you may want to consider in designing your log home:
- The size of your lot and the city's code and egress requirements. For example, if you are on waterfront, you need to build a certain distance away from the shore.
- The grade of your lot - is it flat or sloping? (Ours is sloping so a walk out basement is perfect)
- Will this be a permanent residence or vacation home?
- If a vacation home - do you plan on retiring there in the future? (If so you may want to consider wider hallways to fit a wheelchair, single story floor plans and other items that will make senior living easier.
- How many people will you need to sleep and feed at the cabin?
- How often will you entertain?
- Will you work from the cabin? (You might need a separate office area, Internet service, etc.)
- Is your bedroom just a place to sleep or do you need it larger to accommodate a private seating area?
- What are your recreational interests? If you ski, snowmobile, fish, etc. - how are you going to store these sport equipment items? Mudroom, shed or garage?
These are just a few of the items to think about. Your log home company can you help with additional considerations and guide you through the process.