|Design by Location|
What’s it take to build on a mountaintop? How about in the desert or at water’s edge? Experts set the scene for perfect log home design, no matter what terrain you choose…
Design: With beating summer sun and howling winter winds, prairies are notorious for extremes. Experts say low-rise ranch-style homes are a popular design choice for the way they contour to the land and blend in with the environment. “In order to have a certain amount of presence, the scale of the home has to be a little bit larger,” says designer Jason Cytacki with BK Cypress Log Homes in Bronson, Florida. The views are also important, but the mistake many people make is building on the most beautiful spot on the property. “You want to build facing that beautiful spot so you can enjoy it, not destroy it,” he says.
“In a prairie with a vast amount of open space around you, it’s easy for the home to become overpowered by the roofline,” Jason says. For that reason, it’s important to increase the log wall heights to a height-width ratio that matches the roofline.” Lower roof slopes will help keep heating costs down in winter.