The honorable mention winners from Log Home Living's 2007 Log Home Design Awards.
Our May 2007 issue featured the winners of our inaugural Log Home Design Awards. But as our editorial staff sifted through the mounds of entries we received in each of our 10 categories, we found that we drooled over more than one plan or coveted more than one architectural detail.
As we struggled to make our final choices, we just couldn’t let some of our “runners up” slide without a nod; hence we have our 10 Honorable Mentions. These fabulous plans are only available here at www.loghome.com.
At first glance, this home doesn’t look like it’s multiple levels. But look closer and you’ll see that it’s full of gradual steps leading to sunken or elevated living spaces. The result is a charming plan full of architectural interest and razor-sharp details.
• Designed with entertaining in mind, the kitchen, great room and dining area occupy the bulk of the home and are neatly positioned to take full advantage of each other.
• The kitchen’s dual islands and intimate breakfast nook turn a simple L-shaped kitchen into something special.
• The master suite and secondary bedrooms (each with its own bath) are wisely located on opposite ends of the house and a few steps down from the great room area, achieving maximum privacy. An guest suite lies just a few steps up from the master, offering additional, yet only occasionally used, sleeping space.
• The master suite is a study in creature comforts. From its bedside fireplace to its pair of spacious walk-in closets to the elegant separation of the soaking tub and commode, the owners truly will be pampered.
• Balconies, covered porches and decks round out this exceptional design.
Square Feet: 2,304
The beauty of this design lies in its ingenuity: Take an almost-square design, rotate it 45 degrees and skew it a little for a truly unique residential experience.
• A deep porch creates the feeling of being in a “room” before you ever enter the front door.
• The entry is large and welcoming, with a powder room strategically tucked into the far corner (a welcome feature that is brimming with privacy).
• The kitchen is open and spacious, but mindful of the work triangle. All the major appliances are within reach easy reach.
• The uniquely shaped great room is delineated from the kitchen only by the dining table. This design is perfect for parties and fosters good communication between the resident chef and guests. An unassuming staircase is tucked to the right of the room, so the lines of sight from the other areas of the home are undisturbed.
• The left side of the house is dedicated to the master suite, which is chock-full of amenities from a spacious walk-in closet to a huge soaking tub to private access to the outdoor deck and hot tub.
• The upper level boasts two large bedrooms, each with a hefty walk-in closet. The rooms share a centrally located bath and loft.
• Storage is in ample supply in this small home. From the closets to the built-in shelving to utilizing the space under the eaves, the design uses every square inch to its advantage.
With forethought, windows can be much more than a portal between indoors and out—they can really make an impact in a home’s design.
• This design uses windows and natural light to its advantage throughout the house, but the lofted bedroom, with its peaked glass roof is an amazing example of the creative ways seemingly traditional building materials can be used.
• Thin bands of glass replace log courses here and there, flooding the small home with natural light and adding a hint of natural, seasonal artwork throughout.
By adding decks, patios and usable landscape design, you can add to your homes livable square footage and curb appeal.
• Strategically placed porches and decks are easy to get to from numerous areas throughout the home, such as the porch accessed by either the great room or master suite, or the deck reachable from either the garage, mudroom or adjoining porch.
• A meticulously landscaped front yard serves multiple purposes. The bricked area is a circular driveway and the water feature can be easily drained and used as a bench.
• The series of outdoor areas boosts the home’s over all living space as well as adding defining elements of charm.
Square feet: 4,711
Beautiful touches like arch doorways, loft balconies off every room and covered decks show this design got a little design TLC, to a wonderful result.
Conjuring up images of a ropes course, this innovative staircase makes use of the little space allotted for the steps by breaking up the treads into two different footholds.
We know it’s hip to be square, but this modern design makes good use of curves and rounded edges.
It’s true; bigger sometimes is better. And this master bedroom design is here to prove it, with it’s simple bedroom and spectacular bathroom design.
With smart design and space to spare, this cleverly designed bathroom boasts all the must-have necessities and a few surprise details to maximize comfort and functionality.
A classic ranch-style floorplan starts out simply, but packs in special spaces and smart design details to create a unique, free-flowing space.
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