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Log and Timber Home Living

Log and Timber Home Living Floorplans 2018 - Special

The nation’s premier log home magazine, Log Home Living encourages the dream of log home ownership. Each issue celebrates the log home lifestyle, provides practical advice, and offers photo tours of the nation’s most beautiful log homes.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Active Interest Media
Frequency:
Monthly
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8 Issues

in this issue

5 min.
floor plan essentials

Square Footage: 1,300 Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2 A floor plan is the first step toward making your fantasy log or timber home come to life. It’s a map that shows the relationships of rooms, their sizes and how they flow into each other, and the book you hold in your hands is full of incredible options, large and small. As you’re searching for your log or timber home’s floor plan, chances are, you won’t get it right the first time — and that’s OK! Often, “stock plans,” as they’re called, are mere starting points. It’s quite common to go through many drafts and revisions, moving rooms, tweaking size and adjusting scale (read more about this on page 8). But once your plan is fine-tuned and you see it on paper, your project takes that…

2 min.
from stock plan to dream home

COMING UP WITH A TRULY UNIQUE HOME DESIGN these days is tough. Homes all have to have the same basic components, and in terms of flow, some layouts just make more sense than others. For log and timber home buyers, that’s good news, because chances are the producer you select has designed and manufactured a home that reflects your needs — or comes pretty darn close. On top of that, nearly every company expects that you will want to make some tweaks to a stock floor plan, and they are ready and willing to accommodate you. Armed with this knowledge, you can save thousands of dollars in design fees and still get the log or timber home you long for. Here are some easy floor plan modification dos and don’ts to tuck…

1 min.
the right to choose and use

WHEN YOU’RE READY TO PURCHASE A FLOOR PLAN from a log or timber home company or designer, be aware that you won’t own the actual plan — just a onetime right to build the home. This is an important piece of the process to understand, because it protects both the company and you from copyright infringement. Deciding on a plan from one company and “shopping” it around to others is a big faux pas. A reputable log or timber home producer will never knowingly use a copyrighted plan from another company. If you do plan to build or alter an existing floor plan from a designer other than your own, be sure to get permission from the plan’s originator. To protect yourself from copyright violations, keep the following tips in mind: ▪…

3 min.
the practical side of feng shui

EVOLVING OVER 6,000 YEARS IN CHINA, the traditional practice of feng shui incorporates astrological and geographical elements to create an aesthetic balance that promotes positive energy flow. Although many see it as an antiquated system that has no place in the modern age, the reality is that, all mysticism aside, many of the core principles of feng shui directly align with the basic tenets of traditional Western home construction. Before mechanized climate control and modern building practices made it possible to establish a functioning home just about anywhere, builders took a number of natural elements into account when siting and constructing a home. Factors such as prevailing winds, sun exposure, capacity for drainage and proximity to water and other resources were all vital considerations for any home’s planning. Homeowners building a custom…

5 min.
small but mighty

The “tiny house” movement is everywhere. You can’t turn on a home-improvement channel without stumbling across a show featuring folks designing a “dream home” that’s 400 square feet and costs less than the price of most cars. It’s an enticing notion, but is this kind of extreme minimalism realistic for the long haul? Probably not. Actually, the idea of diminutive, efficient design is far from new. Fans of rustic homes and cabins have proclaimed their love of small-house living for centuries, but have more practical, dare we say livable, expectations – not to mention sound approaches to accomplishing these goals. Try these seven strategies on for size and you’ll be on your way to designing a home that lets you live large in a small space. 1 Conduct a Self-Audit. “The first step…

1 min.
small house storage solutions

“Begin with the end in mind,” said Stephen Covey, famed author and cofounder of organizational giant, Franklin-Covey. That’s excellent advice as you’re planning a log or timber home that will function with ease, and smart storage is a key component. So while you’re designing, look at your floor plan, identify all the places where you can add storage and let clutter be a thing of the past. 1. Built-ins are Your Best Friend. Take advantage of what would otherwise be dead space. Install built-in dressers in the low area beneath a steeply pitched roof. Insert shelving for books and collectibles within knee walls and along hallways. Make better use of a bump-out by integrating a storage bench. But one of the smartest places to add built-ins is beneath a staircase. From large…