Finding the right architect for your custom log home project isn’t always an easy task. Even within the log & timber home industry, architects differ from each other – in architectural style preference, work approach, communication style, and in their area and degree of expertise. So, what should you focus on when searching for the right architect for custom log homes
Designing mountain style homes (specifically log homes and timber homes) requires a different technical perspective than designing traditional stick frame homes. Even hybrid homes incorporating log and timber require special attention. So, in your search, it is critical to find an architect with a specialization in residential mountain architecture; someone with an in-depth understanding of the properties & behaviors of log & timber. This understanding is not only developed through years of education but also requires years of direct experience.
Once you have found an architect experienced in the log & timber home industry, you will want to ensure your architect is licensed. The AIA requires its members to adhere to the industry’s highest ethical standards and practices. Other membership and professional affiliations are also important when searching for a log or timber home architect. A few examples include the Log Homes Council, the Timber Frame Business Council, the Timber Framer’s Guild, the International Log Builders’ Association, and the U.S. Green Building Council.