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Building a log home can seem intimidating…

It doesn’t have to be – if you do it right!

When one finally decides to take the plunge and build a log home, sometimes the enormity of the task can seem overwhelming.  It is one thing to look at a magazine photo and picture yourself living the dream, but making that dream come true can sometimes intimidate people. 

Building a log home and all the decisions that come with that process is not something you do on a whim.  It will require a lot of thought about things you have never considered.  From the lay of your land to the pitch of the roof, you will be making decisions that you will be living with for a long time. 

Don’t let those worries prevent you from bringing your fantasy to fruition.  It is normal to be cautious and anxious about anything requiring so much attention to so many details. Frankly, this is where log home companies prove their worth.  Experienced log home manufacturers and builders know the ropes, and they will guide you through every step of the process and offer ideas and suggestions to compliment your own.

One of your first decisions that will ultimately be your biggest decision is choosing the right floor plan that fits your needs and requirements.  Brace yourself…. there are literally thousands of floor plans to consider (gulp).  However, those numbers get whittled down quickly when you start to focus on the details such as the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage and house styles, etc.  Once you plug in some filters, you will be able to narrow down your choices to more manageable numbers.

The sheer magnitude of floor plan choices was the motivation behind our new Floor Plan Showcase.  There you can browse 10 floor plans from major manufacturers without having to visit dozens of different websites.  When you see a plan that offers possibilities, you’re one click away from the company that can answer all your questions.

To further assist you with your search, the Log Home Directory has begun a series of articles designed to help you through this floor plan selection process.  These articles offer tips and creative ideas to help you refine your thinking.   For example, adding or enlarging dormers is a way of capturing space from a second story or loft that is framed by a sloping roof line. You will be surprised how a well-positioned dormer can make a small loft appear much larger and provide vertical walls to accept seating, bookcases or tables that usually will not work with a conventional knee wall. To read about more floor plan tips and ideas, see our first article entitled, “Choosing a Log Home Floor Plan that is Right for You“.

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