The Lure of Small

Smaller log homes (up to 2,500 square feet) are beckoning those who want less space without giving up an inch of style. "Big isn’t necessarily better, it’s just bigger—and many people are starting to realize that," says design impresario Allen Halcomb, president of MossCreek Designs (800-737-2166, www.mosscreek.net) in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Simple Life
Smaller homes are popular with clients for different reasons. For young families, they can be more economical—offering savings in building costs, utilities and property taxes. As for the Baby Boomers, they’re captivated by two words: low maintenance—especially for getaway homes.

Like a Fine Wine?
Some clients are connoisseurs of antique wood and historic details, but quality isn’t just for them. "There’s a clear movement toward things that are more understated and authentic," says Allen. That means finding unique elements, from exposed rafters to architectural antique salvage, for one-of-a-kind small homes.

Saving Space
When planning your home, residential designer Ken Pieper of Ken Pieper & Associates in Evergreen, Colorado suggests thinking about how much time you’ll spend in each room. Then prioritize how you’ll allocate your square footage. "You should never feel as if you’ve sacrificed your ‘wish list’ to fit into a smaller home," he says. A good designer can help you accomplish more in less space.

For more on this story, refer to the April 2006 issue of Log Home Design.

Looking to build your own cabin or cottage? Creating the perfect small home isn’t as simple as shrinking a big one. Check out the April 2006 issue of Log Home Design for a dozen design strategies for living large in even the littlest log home.