Timber and log home design process

design process

For many, it's a dream that builds for years. From memories of grandpa’s log cabin to simply wanting a place to get away from it all. More than a home, this dream is a direct reflection of who you are. As the leading designer of authentic mountain style homes, we've helped more than two thousand families worldwide bring their log home and timber home inspirations to life. Now, it’s your turn.

Design Development Agreement (DDA)

Talk with your PrecisionCraft client representative to learn how our design process unfolds, from establishing your project budget to your vision for the home. When you are ready to begin, sign a DDA and your representative will schedule a site visit to your property. We will walk your site, take photos, discuss home positioning and prepare for your upcoming conceptual design meeting.

Conceptual Design Meeting

During your initial conceptual design meeting, you will meet with your M.T.N designer, either in person or via an interactive online meeting. Your team will discuss your specific project parameters, including your turnkey cost to build. M.T.N designs your home to the budget you specify.

Watch this video to see part of a design meeting in process, from Google Earth and bubble diagrams, to a final initial sketch, and a preview of the initial design drawing.

cost feasibility

Design Presentation

Following your conceptual design meeting, your M.T.N designer will create your schematic architectural design set, which includes floor plan layout, log and timber material structure, SIP enclosure, and a 3D color rendering. Your designer will also create a virtual reality (VR) tour of your home’s exterior and interior.

The design will be presented to you with a virtual tour (see next) and a discussion of the estimated turnkey cost to build. After the Initial Design Meeting, your designer will send you a 22” x 34” set of plans and the VR tour.

Browse the Initial design

front back elevations
side elevations
timber structure
Timbers installed
timbers installed by builder
SIP shell
ICF foundation

Virtual Walk-Through

This VR walk-through will immerse you in the design of your custom home so you can really see how the spaces look and feel, before you approve the design. Travel to one of our U.S. facilities for your design presentation and take the virtual tour, where you control the experience. If the conceptual design meeting is done remotely, your designer will present a pre-recorded virtual tour of your home. Play this video to see a VR example.

design approval

You will continue to communicate with your M.T.N designer to modify the plans to fit your needs and budget.

Contract Signing

Once you approve the design, the next step is to sign a contract for the materials and construction services. When this contract is executed, we will start working on the final construction documents.

construction documents

After you sign the contract, we generate the engineered construction documents. M.T.N Design produces the most complete construction documents in the industry. Once the drawings are complete, we send them to a 3rd party engineer for review.

Construction plans include:

  • Cover page and a list of specifications
  • Foundation plans
  • Floor framing plans
  • Electrical plans
  • Roof framing
  • Building sections
  • Connection details
  • Mechanical schedule

Browse construction documents

floor frame
main electrical plan
roof framing
building sections
detailed callouts
connection callouts
timber specifics