log cabin log cottage 15 Secrets of Small Home Design
Expert tips for squeezing living space into the smallest log home designs.
by: Jay Uhlenbrauck

11. Incorporate space-conscious stair and fireplace design.
Straight stairs require less room than U-shape or right angle stairs. Stay away from curved stairs. Spiral stairs and ladders are good space savers but aren’t very functional, especially when transporting bulky objects. Choose a fireplace that doesn’t eat up space, then place it where it maximizes square footage.

12. Keep small kitchens functional.
"A 30" wide refrigerator, conventional four-burner range and a pair of sinks makes an adequate kitchen," Steinbrecher says. "Allow 18 to 24 inches of counter space on each side of the stove and at least 2 feet on one side of the sink. Use base cabinets below and shelves or upper cabinets above for [efficient storage]."

13. Don’t sacrifice quality.
"Scale down size, not quality, of appliances. Smaller ranges, refrigerators and stacking washer/dryers are available in most name brands," Wiseman says.

14. Use proportionate logs.
"The size of logs is very important," Wiseman says. "Think proportion." Huge logs can make a small home feel even smaller. Use logs that complement the size of your home’s rooms. Visit log homes in your area and note how log size affects the look and perceived size of each.

15. Finish the basement.
A finished basement adds inexpensive yet functional space. This lower level space works well for secondary bedrooms, bathrooms, family rooms and rec rooms.

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