The modern log home can look and feel any way you want it. Check out these current log home design styles for inspiration.
Everyone is familiar with “the little log cabin in the woods.” It’s the quintessential log home style, and it’s a charmer to be sure. But don’t feel restricted by the expected. The beauty of log home design is in its versatility.
Truly if you can envision it, there’s a designer and a log home producer out there who can make your vision a reality. As you embark on your design journey, gather a portfolio of photos, both exterior and interior, that appeal to you and spread them out. Group similar styles together — you’ll likely see a pattern emerge.
Maybe you’ll find you’re partial to the look of a long, low ranch or you appreciate the contemporary side of log home construction with a mountain-modern look. There’s no wrong answer. Log home style can be anything you want it to be. Use this as aspringboard to help you define and articulate what log home living means to you.
The log home farmhouse look can take several forms. A two-story facade with large gables and a wrap-around front porch is the classic homestead. It’s versatile, timeless and a favorite among log home devotees.
There is also a “connected” style that gives the appearance the house was added onto over time. By using a variety of building materials like cedar shake, stone and even brick in distinctive segments, it feels as though generations of dwellers have expanded it to accommodate the growing and changing needs of the family. It’s also a great solution for the couple who can’t agree on a singular style of architecture.
One of the more recognizable housing styles, the Craftsman movement is distinctly American. What emerged as a rebellion against the perceived mediocrity of mass production during the Industrial Revolution, it favors handcraftsmanship and unique design elements inside and out, and log construction is a perfect vehicle for this style. Long, low rooflines top one to one-and-a-half stories containing intricate floor plans. Mixed materials such as stone-clad pillars that are square and flair at the bottom, standing-seam metal roofs and heavy timber trusses complement the log walls and make this home style a standout.
Ranging from simple boathouse-style designs to the Great Camps of the Gilded Age, this style isn’t limited to the region from which it draws its name. If you like the rugged, round-on-round, highly textured log look, this is the style for you no matter where you live. Native materials, like stone and twig railings, are integral components of this classic log home architecture. Floor plans are somewhat compartmentalized (even detached outbuildings are common) with a grand gathering space at its core. Square-paned casement windows and a combination of steep-pitch and low shed rooflines round out the look.
Rising from the growing interest in hybrid log-and-timber home construction, this newest design option infuses classic, natural log style with metal, glass and other more industrial architectural elements. Low, angular profiles and flat roofs are common traits, as are very open floor plans. The results typically are homes that are sleek and sophisticated rather than rustic and natural, yet organically blends high style with its bucolic surroundings.