Dreams. This is where every log homeowner’s journey begins. Drooling over magazine photos and model homes, analyzing ideas, searching for that unique floor plan that says, “I’m the one.” Even if you’re designing your home yourself, chances are you’ve taken more than a passing glance at the stash of log home stock plans out there. And if you are going with one of your log home producer’s plans, you’ll more than likely make a few modifications. Follow our six steps to log home design success, and you’ll get beyond mere dreams and start making real plans.
First, determine whether you should hire an independent architect or work with a designer from your log home company’s team. Before deciding, meet with every one of your potential candidates. Think about the kind of relationship you want with that person and make sure you feel comfortable sharing ideas and talking with him or her openly. Remember: You’ll be working closely with your designer for quite some time, so you will want to feel at ease.
Once you’ve selected this talented pro, you should meet face to face several times throughout the design process. When you get together, don’t be afraid to voice your ideas, even if they seem far-fetched. A good designer is also a good listener who strives to incorporate as many of your requests into the plan as possible while tempering your wish list with a healthy dose of realism.