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Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #9, Developing a Floor Plan Pt. 4

Basements are a great way to add square footage to a log home but need to be planned ahead. See how this couple designed their own.
by George and Marlyn Curnow
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Developing a Floor Plan — Part 4

Log Home Diary Entry #9
Southwestern Virginia log home project | Open Space

While building on a sloped piece of land has its excavation challenges and surprises, it has the distinct advantage of allowing for a walkout basement with sufficient windows to give much-needed natural lighting and additional lake views. Sloped land is often hard to avoid when building lakeside. However, another advantage to the slope is that it typically results in deep water off your boat dock. This is more than nice to have during draught periods.

We debated between having a separate garage and a full basement or a split garage and basement. Again, this is a choice afforded by a sloped piece of land. We opted for the garage below. Our decision was largely made because of our retired empty-nester status and no real need for more than the roughly 2,200 square feet on the two levels above. So, we decided to split the walkout level in half, leaving us with room for an oversized two-car garage and a very adequate sized family/entertainment/game room.

The garage side is designed with a steel beam running from front to back to support the floor joists on the main level and eliminate support posts that always seem to be in the way. In the back corner, we designed a utility room to hold all the mechanicals. Extra space on the lakeside combined with a couple windows make for a great workbench spot to do those retirement projects.

As for the other side, its completion will be one of those retirement projects. We’ve opted to have a full bath roughed in along with plumbing, electrical and heating. There will be three windows and a sliding glass door for easy lake access. The future room will have a closet built along the entire back wall, a small bar, a small wine room and decor in honor of George’s college alma mater.

This concludes our floor-plan development stage, but it would not be complete without explaining one important piece. We made it sound like we did the developing. (Well, we did have the ideas.) But we clearly don’t have the actual design skills. This is where working with a company like Southland Log Homes was the right choice for us. We needed this help, which was included in our package. We worked with a very experienced salesperson who listened to our ideas, translated these ideas to the original stock plans, guided our thinking, suggested alternatives and interfaced with the computer design gurus. This process was redone three or four times until we were happy. We were told the number of drafts was quite normal, and our salesperson could not have been more patient or helpful.

The Roanoke design is ours, and it is finished with design plans in hand. Now all we have to do is build it! The next entry will be on preparing to build.

SML Lakefront Lower Level Plan
Walkout Lower Level Design
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