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Why Can’t I Find Smaller Floor Plan Concepts?

While we display over 70 floor plan concepts of various sizes and ranging from 1,500 to over 7,000 square feet, we are often asked: ‘Why don’t you have more smaller plans to choose from?’ The reason we do not display an abundance of smaller plans is because of the complexity of our designs.

Design Complexity

One of the reasons that so many love our log and timber floor plans is because our designs exhibit complexity. Our concepts display multiple rooflines and ridgelines, angles and corners. We also mix building materials and choose unique finishes.  It is understandable that after looking at 20 log home plans that measure 1,200 square feet, you might feel that they all start to look the same, and crave variety.  What is not readily understood is that as you shrink the square footage of a custom plan, you lose the space to add some of these unique curves and angles.  Therefore we tend not to design homes that get too small, because we start to lose the unique features that are the hallmark of a Mountain Architect design.

Caribou Floor plan

Economy of Scale

Although uniqueness can be hard to find in a small dimensioned home, we do present a number of one-of-a-kind concepts in the 1,500-2,300 square foot range. Often times, people make the mistake of comparing the turnkey price of these homes to similar homes that have less character.  As you reduce the size of a complex home with the special features, like the windows and character logs of the 2,166 square foot Caribou plan, the cost per square foot does not scale down at the same rate, since those special features don’t disappear. Ultimately, there are not a lot of people in the market for a custom log home that is less that 1,500 sq. ft. but costs over $400,000.

There are already a lot of log home companies who sell traditional log cabins that are less than 1,500 sq. ft.  At PrecisionCraft, we concentrate on unique designs that people cannot find anywhere else.   Although we don’t display very many examples, if you are interested in a smaller log or timber home with a complex design please contact us, we would love to design one with you.

Needing some inspiration for a smaller home design? Take a look at our log and timber floor plan concepts under 2,000 square feet:

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