Choosing a smart log home floor plan is not rocket science. You simply need to determine what you want, what you need, and what is practical in a good plan for your family’s lifestyle. Combining all three of these ingredients can be a little tricky. Choosing a floor plan can also be very exciting and this is where the “Gingerbread Glaze” factor can cloud your judgment if you are not careful.
A few years ago, my folks wanted to build their own log dream home. As the weeks turned into months my mother’s drawings and plans changed from a moderately well designed home for two, into a sprawling monster that when finally built, was… way more home than they really needed. They realized a bit too late that a bigger commitment to maintenance, heating and cooling energy costs, and cleaning… came with this much larger home. So you must be careful in choosing a floor plan that is right for your lifestyle and budget.
Most log homes are built with at least some exposure to a vaulted ceiling, which even for a 1200-1500 sq. ft. home can seem very spacious. I suggest that before you decide on a plan design, go and tour some open houses to get a sense of the kind of space you feel comfortable with. Then your choices will become better defined. You will also want to consider how your floor plan fits on your building site. For this reason a small log cabin floor plan may be a better choice for you.
Yet another consideration is the climate where you live. Choosing the right floor plan for your region will have some reasonable effect on your maintenance costs, heating & cooling costs, as well as initial construction costs if you need HVAC upgrades due to a complicated floor plan design.
Many log homes in the south have large porches for protection from the elements due to higher humidity. Log Homes in the west follow more of the chalet style of construction. Wherever you live… keep in mind how your design will effect the home’s optimum functionality. Boy… That’s a mouth full!
You will also want to try to limit the amount of log corners your plan calls for. This is one of the most expensive features of any log home. Any more than (6) corners, and you will face some noticeable extra costs in your building budget.
In any case choose a floor plan that is right for your family and your lifestyle. Don’t be drawn in by a false standard mindset that says a kitchen should cost $50,000.00 to be a full functioning Kitchen. I’m all for prosperity and the right for anyone to achieve their dream of having the best money can buy… but if you really don’t need it, or do not have the means to support that desire… then simply be smart…be realistic, and enjoy a more debt free life!The previous and (in my opinion), more careless kind of thinking is what has caused our country’s leadership to make decisions that have created so much debt for us.
If you error on the side of being frugal and practical When choosing the right floor plan, at the end of the day, you will be surprised how much more you will enjoy the log home lifestyle in years to come.