Without question, the details of your house will fall into place in due time. You’ll learn—and then have to decide upon—the intricacies of everything from your flooring to the home’s many appliances. Each decision will require a little research and a whole lot of common sense. But before you dive into the nuances of trim work or roofing material options, you need to understand the big picture.
Before making the first phone call to a log home manufacturer or architect, do your homework. Start by addressing the questions we’ve listed below, and you’ll create a strong knowledge base for building a masterpiece.
1 How do I know what I want? Read log home construction books and magazines. Compile a notebook of ideas, including magazine clippings, that demonstrate the layouts, exterior styles, frame styles, color combinations, furnishings, appliances and finishes that appeal to you. Gather catalogs and plansbooks from log home producers. Surf the Internet for information about log construction techniques. Spend several weekends visiting open houses, and talk to home owners and representatives of log home companies you’re considering. Take a hands-on class on log home design and construction, or attend a home show.
2 What kind of home do I need? Decide what features are conducive to your family’s present and future needs. Are there some rooms in your current home that are essential (e.g., a first-floor master bedroom or a home office)? Or, do you no longer need four bedrooms? Consider a floorplan that supports your family’s activities and will help your home remain functional and enjoyable through the years.
Once the preliminary plans meet both your budget and expectations, your designer drafts the final construction documents. These are the engineered drawings (also called blueprints) that show your log home manufacturer, lender and general contractor how your log home will be built.