The Daughterys found PrecisionCraft because of one of Mountain Architects plans, they worked with Mountain Architects to customize that plan to their land & lifestyle, read about their experience below.
The Daughertys of New Hampshire
We had always dreamed of building a log house upon our retirement so we started about four years ahead of time researching everything we could read about log home styles, floor plans, and construction. We finally selected one of PrecisionCraft’s [Mountain Architects] models for a number of reasons. It met our initial size and layout requirements, especially with the primary living features all situated on the ground floor. We picked D-shaped logs because the interior faces would be flat to facilitate wall pictures and hangings.
Because of our building site topography constraints, we had to reorient the garage doors ninety degrees. This precipitated a major redesign of the garage roofline. We worked very closely with the Precision Craft design team to achieve this requirement as well as planning for the addition of a full walkout basement. We also had the designers move the location of the fireplace from the center of the prow window area to an interior great room wall, making the entire prow all windows to provide an unobstructed view of the Northern slopes of the New Hampshire Presidential Mountains.
The basement addition allowed us to relocate all the utilities there as well as add rooms for a bar and rec room with a second fireplace, a fourth bedroom, a third full bath, a large room for model railroading, and a room for the underground placement for two three hundred twenty five gallon heating oil tanks.
The redesigned main floor also allowed us to double the size of the kitchen and include a large walk-in pantry, significantly increase the size of the master bedroom and bath, and add a full walk-in cedar closet off of the master suite. The addition of the basement increased the overall living space from 2500 to 3800 square feet. Another benefit of the garage reorientation was our ability to add a side deck screened-in porch accessible from the kitchen through the garage.
Since we do live in a very rural area near the Canadian border, we decided to include as many extra features in the house to make our lives as safe and comfortable as possible, regardless of time of year or weather. We have radiant floor heat throughout including the basement, dual heating and water systems, an artesian well and filtration system, an extra-large 15,000 gallon septic, a 14 kW 200 Amp automatic backup power source, and separate satellite systems for remote TV and Internet services.
From initial foundation excavation to occupancy took us fifteen months. Our PrecisionCraft log home has proven to be as beautiful and utilitarian as we had originally dreamed it to be. It is the spectacular “star” home of the neighborhood and we couldn’t be more satisfied with the final results.