Log home plans are the back bone of every home. Without them in the planning phase there is no rhyme or reason to what is actually going to be built. Though designing an entire home can be a difficult undertaking, here are a few tips to make it easier.
To begin with the need for preliminary drawings and final construction drawings serve not only the homeowner but also the builder. Most commonly a general contractor can base price quote estimates on how large the home is, how many stories, and extra complexities such as attached garages, log gazebos, bent breezeways, and other home enhancing, but costly additions.
To help in the planning phase most future homeowners find it very helpful to look through many log home plans. Plans can be found in log home magazines, online, and also through contacting dealers. Most companies have a plan book which can be purchased for a small sum. Some reps will even give you a complementary one if you visit their model home and complete a home planning session with them.
Once a plan has been found that meets your ideas, then begin thinking of how you would like it changed. Simple lines drawn across the plan can greatly help the architect or designer understand what you have in mind.
One tip to consider when looking at log home floor plans is that the front side of a plan is usually referred to as the Entry Side or Front Elevation, but the back side is hardly ever marked ‘Rear’. For you see most log homes are designed with large windows at the end of the great room, designed for soaking up the vast views. So instead the log home industry has solved this problem by marking the rear of the home as the ‘View Side’. Often the view side is more stunning than the entry side. With huge floor to ceiling trapezoid windows, eight foot prowls, and maybe even a large stone fireplace these sides are far from hidden behind the home.
Once a log home floor plan is laid out, then square footage estimates can be drawn up. One company, Cowboy Log Homes, does all of their initial estimates based on the complexity of the roof line and the over all size of the home. Prices do climb depending on how complicated the foot print of the home becomes. And conversely, the more simplistic of design the less the price becomes inflated.