Lakeside Living and a Smart Plan
Designer Dave Joiner from Barna Log Home (barnahomes.com) shares his insights on creating the perfect house for Mike and Tracy Amos of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Here’s what the couple wanted:

Amos CoupleDesired square footage: 2,500, vacation home that will eventually become a primary residence.

Location of new home: Alongside Lake Adger, located less than two hours from their primary residence in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Most important rooms: “The great room/kitchen/dining area, because we love to entertain and get together with our extended family and close friends. We want the great room to have amazing views of the lake,” says Tracy.

Outdoor spaces: “We’d like an expansive wraparound deck on main level—and a chalet-style home. We’d also like a deck on the second level, with a section screened in,” says Tracy. “And what home would be complete without an outdoor grilling area and fire pit?”

Here’s the floorplan Dave created:
Proposed Floorplans

Dave’s thoughts:
Outside appearance. “Balconies and various gables create a wonderful chalet-style exterior for this home in the Carolina Mountains. Further use of wood brackets with iron angles can add to the overall facade of the house. I also created steeply pitched roofs with deep overhangs.”

Outside living. “Wraparound porches offer 180-degree views of Lake Adger. A large deck off the dining room makes a great spot for fun in the sun or an area for larger groups to mingle. Any part of the porch off the dining area can be screened in. A breezeway or path can lead to the fire pit and dock, depending on the site layout.”

Inside traffic flow. “The large foyer with double entrance doors is a stylish welcome. The full-size powder room is easy to find and central to the floorplan. Still, it’s unassuming and hidden as an overall feature.”

Master bedroom. “It boasts a semi-private deck, ample walk-in closets and a comfortable bath area. It’ll be great living space when the vacation home becomes a permanent residence.”

Guest bedrooms. “They have private bathrooms and private balconies that overlook fabulous views.  These are awesome rooms for the kids and guests alike. Lots of attic storage ensures the most bang for the buck in floor space.”

Dining room and great room. “These areas flow into one another with a full view from the kitchen. A breakfast bar seats four and works for a quick meal or a buffet-style dinner. The cabinets, along with the small pantry, should provide plenty of storage area for pots, pans and groceries. A stacked-stone fireplace in the front of the great room adds contrast, warmth and style—and it doesn’t compete with the views! Of course, those views are enhanced by the glass wall.”

Office, laundry and mudroom/pantry. “I tucked these away from guests, but they’re very accessible to the family.”

Unfinished basement. “It will be large enough for a two-car garage. Cars will enter under the master bedroom side of the home. Of course, a separate garage area can be located elsewhere, too.”

–Mike McCarthy

Read the original story in the May 2007 issue of Log Home Living