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Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #8, Developing a Floor Plan Pt. 3

Stairwell and fireplace placement, as well as upper-level room configuration, play a part in this couple's stock plan customization.
by George and Marlyn Curnow

Developing a Floor Plan — Part 3

Log Home Diary Entry #8
Southwestern Virginia log home project | Open Space

The final note mentioned in our last entry was the need to finish the placement of the fireplace and the staircase on the main level. We felt the staircase in the Coosa floor plan was too close to the front door. Our simple solution was to push the staircase toward the back of the house by about two feet, which created a more spacious entryway in the process. An issue we later realized we had created by doing that was diminishing space in the kitchen for a center island. A quick check with our builder determined the fix was simple but costly, as log floor joists had already been cut based on our original finalized design. So we’re living with the first decision.

As for the fireplace, we decided in the dreaming stage that a wood-burning fireplace is a “must have.” We tried our best to place it anywhere except the end wall, which faces the best lake view. We were bound by the slope of the roof and our desire for a fireplace view from the kitchen and the loft. In the end, no other placement made sense to us, so we made ourselves content by assuring plenty of windows on both sides of the fireplace.

Now it’s time for the upper level. We were making so many changes to the Coosa plan that we had Southland change the name of our plan to the Roanoke. (The plan was already unique, and now it’s ours.) There is room for three bedrooms and a bath on the upper level, but, we opted for a large loft overlooking the fireplace and the lake — a perfect spot for desk work, computer work or simply reading.

That left room for two bedrooms. For the primary guest room, we wanted direct bathroom access so the room would be more of a second master suite. That required re-jiggering closets and the bathroom, but we finally succeeded. The second bedroom will be used primarily as a quilting studio. This will be the birthplace of Marlyn’s award-winning quilts, which will be displayed here and elsewhere in our log home. Ample closet/storage space was designed into the studio, along with bigger windows both here and in the loft.

The remaining room on the upper level is the bathroom. Something seemingly simple has resulted in the expenditure of excessive energy like you wouldn’t believe. Everyone gets hung up on certain items that just don’t seem right. The only real obstacles were: There is a sloped ceiling that goes from 8 to 6 feet at one end and whether we wanted a linen closet inside or outside the bathroom, or none at all. Let’s just say for now we are done. We have a bathroom plan that works, but it may still be altered after a discussion with our builder. It’s all quite laughable.

Voila, the upper level of the Roanoke is done.

We’ll wrap up this design phase next with Part 4, as we work on the walk-out lower level of the Roanoke.

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