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What is the Difference Between a Stock Plan and a Custom Design?

Where a stock plan is intended as a “ready-to-go” set of plans, the creation of a floor plan concept is meant as a starting place or inspiration for what your custom plan will be.  The idea of the “custom plan” can be confusing when so many in the log and timber home industry offer stock [...]

What Should I Know About Local Covenants or Review Boards?

Before you invest your time and energy into the design process it’s important to know if there will be any restrictions imposed on your design, due to your location. Restrictions often come from the county, the city or the rules of your development. Having a team in place who can identify and work within these [...]

What Should I Know About Local Codes?

As part of your check list before the design process begins, make sure you have a team in place that understands the unique codes, regulations and requirements of your specific location. How Does Climate Affect Design? The structure and configuration of your roof can be impacted by heavy snow load requirements in certain areas. Other [...]

Designing For Front Elevation Views

What comes to mind first when you visualize your completed log or timber home? Whether it is a magnificent prow pointing out to capture the view of a distant peak or a rustic design that seems to grow up from the rugged landscape, the property and its views have a heavy influence on what that [...]

Designing Spaces That Work Together

An important part of our in-house design firm, M.T.N Design’s job is to help clients define and create spaces that work together. We sat down with Design Manager, Celeste, to have her share some logistics of design that can help to synchronize a home’s interior spaces naturally and efficiently. Can you share some layout techniques [...]

How Long ‘Til My Log Home Is Built?

Soon there will come a day when you decide that you are finally ready to kick-start your dream of building a custom mountain home.  Now that you are ready, how long will it actually take before you are able to move in? The answer to that question is not a simple one when you are [...]