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Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #7, Developing a Floor Plan Pt. 2

How to customize a stock plan to fit your needs
by George and Marlyn Curnow

Developing a Floor Plan — Part 2

Log Home Diary Entry #7
Southwestern Virginia log home project | Open Space

We now know the basic house footprint we want; Southland Log Homes refers to it as the Coosa. (We think it’s named after a river in Georgia or Alabama.) It provides the exterior look and the interior square footage that we think is right for us, so we made a conscious attempt to not increase the footprint, which at times was tempting to violate.

The Coosa has a one-way floor plan — in other words, from the front door, the walking pattern is into the great room, through the kitchen and then to the master bedroom. It also has a major disadvantage, in our judgment, in that the master bathroom also serves as the typical main-level powder room. We liked neither the walk pattern nor the lack of master bathroom privacy, so we decided we wanted a circular path through the home in order to literally walk in circles — a great choice for playing hide-and-seek with a 4-year-old grandson.

We started by focusing on the master bedroom, bathroom and closets. Essentially, we wiped out the master bedroom side of the stock plan and started over. By wiping out that side, we eliminated a mudroom that didn’t make sense for our lifestyle and elevation of the house. Instead, we designed a master bedroom in the front and a master bath in the back, with two walk-in closets separating the spaces in the middle.

Adjacent to the bedroom interior wall we added a hallway to allow for the circular walking path. Because hallways are actually a waste of square footage, we utilized the hall for doorways. Opposite the interior bedroom wall and hallway, we designed a laundry room and a separate half bath. So now the doors to these two rooms and the bedroom opened into the new hall. Although we lost some square footage with this hall, we gained the flow that we wanted.

An advantage we gained by eliminating the mudroom is that we omitted a door in the kitchen in the process and picked up space for more cabinetry and countertop surface in the kitchen. We also had a special antique cabinet that we wanted to incorporate into the kitchen, so we were careful to make space for it. For the rest of the kitchen, though, we essentially plugged in everything we knew we would want without giving a lot of attention to the exact plan. The kitchen design is a separate design, and we wanted to work specifically with a kitchen designer for all the latest and greatest ideas.

The rest of the main level kind of fell into place, except for the placement of the fireplace and the staircase. We’ll touch on that next, as well as the choices we made for the upper level and walkout basement in part three of our developing floor plan.

SML Lakefront Log Home Main Level Plan Southland Log Home Main Level Plan
Revised Main Level Original Main Level
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