As the first wave of baby boomers has reached retirement age, the custom homes industry has seen an increase in requests for single story living, and the log and timber home segment is no exception. If you’re looking for single-level floor plans and have become frustrated by a lack of selection compared to multilevel plans, don’t give up: most standard two- or three-story home designs can be re-imagined for single story living by an accomplished log home company or architect. Once you realize that you are not limited to just browsing for ranch-style plans, you can focus on what you really want in a complete home design.
You have an idea of the way you want your home to look, and you shouldn’t have to sacrifice that dream just because you prefer a single level layout. Search through all kinds of plans and bring your architect a combination of homes with the look and feel you want, as well as a layout. Let the architect combine the elements into a final design that works for you.
Adjusting from Multi to Single Level
When you find a design that you like and want to modify it into a single level, take a look at which second or lower level spaces you want to incorporate, and which could be left out. For example, a first floor den or media room could be re-purposed as a bedroom that was once located on the second floor. If your property permits, you may be able to expand the overall footprint of the design with additional space or rooms.
Is an Extra Level out of the Question?
For whatever reason you prefer a single level, you may not want to completely rule out a second story loft or walk-out basement. If your property has a steep slope, a basement is an economical option, and could be designated for storage, as a mechanical room or garage. A loft can be a great solution for extra company during the holidays, even if you never plan to use it yourself. Consider the incorporation of a residential elevator or install a tried-and-true dumbwaiter for getting groceries up from the basement garage.
Your preference for a single story home doesn’t mean your design choices are all-or-nothing. Seek out an experienced log and timber home company or architect to help you get everything you’re looking for in your dream home.