This week, we asked the editor of the Log Cabin Directory, Tom Heatherington, what his favorite PrecisionCraft floor plans were and why. Read below as he shares with us his top five choices.
When I was asked to share my favorite PrecisionCraft floor plan concepts, I knew it would present a significant challenge. If you have followed PrecisionCraft and their in-house architectural firm, M.T.N Architects over the years, you know that everything they create is a virtual masterpiece of design and functionality. However, I am especially partial to a few plans and here are my reasons why.
|The Crested Butte
The Crested Butte may be my top choice because it utilizes my two favorite design components, logs and timber framing. The exterior just exudes old-world charm with heavy timber accents and a roof line you could get lost in. I love the floor layouts, the open upper level, and how the main floor revolves around the great room. While this is a luxury home design, it feels cozy and warm—a place you’d love to call home.
The Inglewood, a timber frame with an abundance of rock, large windows, and patio is another great design. The roof line of this home and the timber frame accents are simply spectacular. I like how the main floor plan is designed so that the master bedroom, kitchen, dining room, and garage are all adjacent to the main living area. The well thought out second floor loft, bedrooms, and guest suite are laid out to be accessible, but also very private.
The Tahoe is undoubtedly on my list because its exterior design is similar to the home our family lives in today, minus the rear deck and second story balconies. This log home is an eye-catcher with a massive prow window, a deck that spans the front of the home and stonework that makes it look like it belongs on a mountainside property. It is a plan with smaller square footage, but is well laid out to maximize space. I like that there is also the option to include a basement, where a garage and additional living areas can be included without increasing the footprint of the home.
The Stoneridge is one of my choices because it makes a powerful statement. The huge stone pillars supporting the log deck and walls make it appear as if it grew up from the earth. Its use of floor-to-ceiling glass walls accentuates the main focal point, the great room.
|The Upland Retreat
The Upland Retreat appeals to me because it features a myriad of elements including logs, timber framing, stone and copper roofing. This is also a smaller design concept, but with the outdoor living space almost doubling the total square footage, it seems much larger. What gets me excited about the look of this home are the handcrafted log walls and heavy timber trusses; that look is just hard to beat in my opinion.
We would like to thank Tom for taking the time to provide his unique view on our plans. To learn more about Tom and the Log Cabin Directory, visit: http://www.logcabindirectory.com/home/.