Flexible Floor Plans: How to Create Custom Log Home Plans from Stock Floor Plans

See how four log homeowners modified stock floor plans to customize their log home dream.

Article by Leah Kerkman 

You know what's wonderful about log home designs? You can use a standard floor plan from a log home company’s plansbook and alter the layout to your heart’s content. The end result is a personalized home that fits your lifestyle. And did we mention you also end up with the log home of your dreams? Here, these homeowners share the stock plan they used as a starting point, their customized final design and the reasons for the changes they made. We hope you find some of your own inspiration in their design details. Click on any of the names below to find out more about these homeowners and their stock-to-custom modifications:  

Their log home company: Appalachian Log Structures, in Ripley, West Virginia. Their starting point: “The Richmond” What they changed: Dan needed a home office, so the Lesters decided to forgo the two-level master bedroom, instead placing Dan’s roomy office above the master suite on the second level. The couple also added a window and rearranged the bathtub in the second-floor bathroom. Their take: Says Dan: “With other construction, you have to go with what’s on the plan. But Appalachian was great about being flexible. Log homes are just so adaptable.”


Their log home company: Real Log Homes, in Hartland, Vermont Their starting point: “The Mendon” What he changed: Dave wanted to create a separate living quarters for his son, Andy. Since zoning laws prohibited two structures on the same property, he and Real Log Homes connected the two spaces by a breezeway. Dave also wanted a the master suite on the main level, so that bathroom was expanded and then connected to his bedroom by the walk-in closet. He also added a bay window in his room.Upstairs, rather than have two bedrooms, Dave requested a study accessible through the bedroom. He also connected the upstairs bath to the bedroom, essentially creating a second master suite on the upper level. His take: Dave craved an open and airy log home. “I wanted the house to be very bright, because the first thing people think about log homes is that they’re dark.” Dave achieved this by increasing the size of the rooms, making them more spacious and light-filled. “It’s a big house for just two bedrooms because the individual rooms are so large.”


One large addition to the floorplan was an attached two-car garage. Worried that it could turn out to be an eyesore, they extended the roofline to make the addition look like a natural part of the design. Minor adjustments, including moving the closets, had to be made to the two main-floor bedrooms in order to carve out a hallway to the garage.

The Tildens claimed the upstairs for their master suite. So they opened up the third bedroom and loft area and added two shed dormers to the upper level, which created greater headroom in the sloping roof. The couple also added a screened-in porch off the great room so they could enjoy views from their lakeside property while they dined there.


The couple flip-flopped the layout of the house to capture the landscape of Reelfoot Lake, which lays just 30 feet beyond the Caldwells’ back deck. They added a prow to the window wall design in the living room and moved the fireplace to the side wall so their water views remained unobstructed. The couple desired a spiral staircase to the second floor, which freed up some additional space for the master suite.

Because the Caldwells added an attached garage with a large bedroom on its second story, they were able to devote more area to the open loft on the upper level.