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Comment by Anne on June 30, 2008 at 7:56am
OOPS - sorry about the there/their errors. Maybe I need a grammar room in my cabin:)
Comment by Anne on June 30, 2008 at 7:53am
Hmmm...that's a toughie. Different design features hold different levels of importance to each home owner. We personally did not think either a formal dining or living room were necessary in our vacation log cabin - although we have and use both in our "regular" home. There are plenty of casual areas in which to "live and dine" in our cabin. Speaking from the perspective of a second home owner, I wouldn't want an office or media room in my cabin - all the entertainment I need is outside. But again, their are certainly log home owners with different needs than mine. The fact that ours is a second home and we were working with space constraints certainly colors my opinions a different shade than those of folks lucky enough to live the log home life full time. I also think their are varying opinions on the use of plaster/sheetrock in log homes. We minimized it as much as financially possible, opting for lots of wood. Where sheetrock was used, it will be painted a very neutral earthy color. I did forget to mention one mandatory design feature on which we all can agree : PORCHES! Hope I made some sense! Anne
Comment by Donna Peak on June 27, 2008 at 3:48pm
Thanks to everyone who commented. On a related, but slightly different note, are there any log home design features that you think are a complete waste of time and/or space?
Comment by Traci on June 20, 2008 at 12:08am
This is just the place I need to be. Thanks Donna!
Comment by Shelley Martinez on June 19, 2008 at 10:58pm

Anne - I could've written your same post word for word! I also like the open floor plan and bringing nature in. I would also add the placement,size and design of the windows of your log home so you highlight the best views. I love our wall of windows that face our lake - I feel like I'm already outside!
Comment by Donna Peak on June 19, 2008 at 9:41am
That's great advice, Anne, and you're not alone! Part of the beauty of the log home lifestyle is the ability to seamlessly incorporate nature into your home's interior. You literally can have the best of both worlds! And an open floorplan is part of creating that feeling--there are not boundaries (or walls) in nature. Instead there's a slow, deliberate transformation that occurs between geographic regions. Most log home design emulates that to perfection. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
Comment by Anne on June 13, 2008 at 6:50pm
Hi Group,
I'm going to attempt to answer Donna's question - I'm having problems narrowing things down to one single important design feature, though. Here goes: 1) I beleive that an open floor plan is optimal; I think a log home should foster togetherness and large open areas seem to facilitate this. 2) I prefer a "rustic" style, one that is reminiscent of the early log cabin days. This is a big challenge when trying to integrate today's modern conveniences (flat panel TV, stainless appliances...). I think I received my most important design inspiration when I read an article - perhaps in Log Home Design? - that talked about "bringing the outside in". As a nature lover (like most log home enthusiasts) this concept made perfect sense to me. I have incorporated elements that would typically be found in the environment outside our cabin in Virginia and have brought them inside. This not only helps me feel closer to nature, but also adds unique touches to our interior. I hope I provided an answer that makes some sense - I'm enjoying looking at everyone's pictures and reading their stories. Anne
Comment by Donna Peak on June 12, 2008 at 4:29pm
Hi everyone and welcome to the Log Home Neighborhood's Designing Women group! I noticed we got several new members in the past few days, and as the editor of of Log Home Design, I wanted to say hi. I also noticed that our group has representatives in various stages of the process, from dreaming, to planning to owning a log home. So, I wanted to ask the question: "From a woman's perspective, what's the single most important design feature a log home can (and should) have." Let us hear from you!
 

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