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Building a log home requires a lot of pre-planning, from research to budgeting. Make sure you’re financially prepared for the building process, as well as knowledgeable on what goes into log cabin construction.

  1. Best Log Home Window Design: Artiste | Edgewood Log Structures

    "Artiste" | Edgewood Log Structures Editors’ Commentary:This spectacular trademark window design blurs the lines between the outdoors and in. The Highlights:- If your scenery can’t be beat, these massive window walls are simply stunning. The huge expanses of glass let in tons of sunshine and allow for panoramic vistas of your surrounding land. – To […]

  2. Most Creative Bathroom Suite: The Lakeport Lodge | Town & Country Cedar Homes

    "The Lakeport Lodge" | Town and Country Cedar Homes Editors’ Commentary:With a master bathroom this posh, you might just never want to leave its smartly designed confines. The Highlights:- A wraparound closet smartly provides a privacy buffer between the bathroom and the exterior walls. Plus, its double entries reduce the morning traffic jam when you’re […]

  3. Most Creative Master Bedroom: The Highlander | Kuhns Bros. Log Homes

    "The Highlander" | Kuhns Bros. Log Homes Editors’ Commentary:We love the way this plan unfolds itself slowly, revealing its luxurious amenities as you progress through the room. The Highlights:- The interesting lines and position of the fireplace conceal some segments of the room, so there are new discoveries to unveil the deeper you get. – […]

  4. Best Use of Outdoor Space in a Log Home: The Alderbrook | PrecisionCraft Log Homes & Mountain Architects

    "The Alderbrook" | PrecisionCraft Log Homes | precisioncraft.com Editors’ Commentary:Designed so the interior blends with the outdoor living areas, this plan combines the visual appeal of mixed materials and though-out personal spaces to create a stunning—and smart—exterior. The Highlights:- A walkout lower level leads to a covered stone patio. The use of stone continues around […]

  5. Most Creative Log Home Kitchen: The Chorney | Northwoods Log Homes

    "The Chorney" | Northwoods Log Homes Inc. Editors’ Commentary:If you have the space and budget, this kitchen configuration is as close to perfect as we’ve seen. The Highlights:- The L-shaped perimeter puts the stove, sink and fridge within a few steps of each other and surrounds them with an amazing amount of counter space. – […]

  6. Best Multi-Level Log Home Plan: Emmons Creek | Strongwood Log Homes

    "Emmons Creek" | Strongwood Log Homes Editors’ Commentary:Your expectations will be flipped upside down in this inventive plan: Enter on the main level with the kitchen, dining room and bedrooms and descend to a two-level, open living room in the walkout basement. The Highlights:- A sizeable master suite is conveniently located right down the hall […]

  7. Best Single-Level Log Home Plan: The Willow | Rocky Mountain Log Homes

    "The Willow" | Rocky Mountain Log Homes Editors’ Commentary:Living single never felt as good as it does in this smart and stylish design. Aesthetic appeal paired with all of the elements you’d want in a home, make this plan a clear winner. The Highlights:- This home is ideal for entertaining, thanks to the visually stunning […]

  8. Best Log Home Plan Over 2,500 Square Feet: The Cortes | Streamline Design Ltd.

    "The Cortes" | Streamline Design Ltd. Editors’ Commentary:If you’re like most potential log homeowners, you long for a dream house with a stunning exterior and an interesting floorplan, packed with unique amenities and surprise elements—and this design has it all. The Highlights:- Sometimes a larger floorplan can lead to a home feeling impersonal, but here, […]

  9. Best Log Home Plan Under 2,500 Square Feet: The Bond | Real Log Homes

    "The Bond" | Real Log Homes Editors’ Commentary:If it’s true that God is in the details, then this plan is nothing short of heavenly. It’s chock full of features that make a design stand out from the masses. The Highlights:- The foyer (which boasts two coat closets) is delineated by a pair of steps that […]

  10. Best Log Home Designs, Floorplans of the Year, Announced by Log Home Living

    Best Log Home Designs, Floorplans of the Year, Announced by Log Home Living Log Home Living announces the results of it’s 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest, the largest and most prestigious floorplan competition in the industry, drawing home designs from log home companies across North America. by: Log Home Living editorial staff FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: […]

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  12. The Sapphire | 1st Place | 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest

    1st Place: "The Sapphire" | More Than 2,500 Square Feet 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest | Log Home Living "The Sapphire" | Custom Log Homes Judges’ Commentary: Mira Jean: This generous and interesting plan has good zoning of public and private areas, as well as wonderful outdoor living space. The basement has everything! Carl: This […]

  13. Roaring Spring | 2nd Place | 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest

    2nd Place: "Roaring Spring" | More Than 2,500 Square Feet 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest | Log Home Living "Roaring Spring" | Streamline Design Judges’ Commentary: Mira Jean: This is an angled plan that actually makes sense, coupling double master suites with an over-the-top basement plan. Carl: This plan flows extremely well. The location of […]

  14. Hamatreya | 3rd Place | 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest

    3rd Place: "Hamatreya" | More Than 2,500 Square Feet 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest | Log Home Living "Hamatreya" | Tennessee Log Homes Judges’ Commentary: Mira Jean: This plan makes innovative use of curved elements and boasts a good separation of bedrooms. The adjacent studio apartment is a very livable space. Kyle: The curvilinear elements […]

  15. Edelweiss | 4th Place | 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest

    4th Place: "Edelweiss" | More Than 2,500 Square Feet 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest | Log Home Living "Edelweiss" | Alpine Log Homes Judges’ Commentary: Mira Jean: Generous spaces abound in this plan, which has an exceptional flow. It presents an intriguing relationship to the site, especially from the upper level. Carl: This plan’s large […]

  16. The Caribou | 1st Place | 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest

    1st Place: "The Caribou" | Less Than 2,500 Square Feet 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest | Log Home Living "The Caribou" | PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes Judges’ Commentary: Kyle: The use of a massive three-fireplace element as the center of this home succeeds in creating a great central linking element. The extensive window wall […]

  17. Ruby Lake | 2nd Place | 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest

    2nd Place: "Ruby Lake" | Less Than 2,500 Square Feet 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest | Log Home Living "Ruby Lake" | Streamline Design Judges’ Commentary: Mira Jean: This serviceable plan allows for great access to the outdoors. It could work just as well without the upper floor. Kyle: The wraparound porch that mimics this […]

  18. Astoria | 3rd Place | 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest

    3rd Place: "Astoria" | Less Than 2,500 Square Feet 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest | Log Home Living "Astoria" | The Log Connection Judges’ Commentary: Mira Jean: This is a sweet little plan that makes sense. It has a nice point of entry, and the exterior decks on the second level are an interesting amenity. […]

  19. Bates | 4th Place | 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest

    4th Place: "Bates" | Less Than 2,500 Square Feet 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest | Log Home Living "Bates" | Pioneer Log Systems Judges’ Commentary: Carl: This plan’s equally designed bedroom suites create a lot of flexibility for the homeowner. The large wraparound porch is a great extension of the finished living footage. Square Footage: […]

  20. Sunset Harbor | Honorable Mention | 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest

    Honorable Mention: "Sunset Harbor" | More Than 2,500 Square Feet 10th Annual Floorplan Design Contest | Log Home Living "Sunset Harbor" | Strongwood Log Homes Judges’ Commentary: Carl: This plan also allows for views from every room. The staircase wrapped around the waterfall in the foyer is a unique focal point. The rooms are large […]


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