Photo: Allen Mowery, Courtesy Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes
Plan DetailsSquare Footage: 5,000
Why a log home: The Sacchinis wanted a house that would pull double duty as a base camp for hunting trips and family holidays and as a VRBO (vacation rental by owner). The perennial appeal of a log home won them over, and they chose an open floor plan that affords space to host large groups, while providing unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape.
Favorite features: As part of their quest for seamless indoor-outdoor living, the Sacchinis incorporated a 500-square-foot, three-season living space to the floor plan. “I’ve never liked decks,” says Keith. “They’re too much maintenance and not enough warmth. So it’s a great area for when you’re grilling or just hanging out. Even if the weather gets a little shaky, you’re still protected. You’re outside, but not in the woods.”
The LowdownImpressed with Pennsylvania-based Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes’ combination of modern design and rustic charm, the Sacchinis worked with Lynda Tompkins to maximize the home’s potential. With a focus on building for short-term renters, it was important to clearly define private spaces while emphasizing public ones. “The great room and fireplace are centrally located,” says Lynda, “And there’s a balcony on the second floor, so you can peer down into the great room and out through the gabled glass.”
The Inside Scoop
- Pack it in. To fit as many beds as possible into one room, the Sacchinis had a carpenter build custom bunkbeds with a “center step” which makes it easier to climb up and change sheets. “Each bunk has its own light and a USB port,” says Keith. “It’s pretty slick.”
- Private space. When designing to rent, you want each bedroom to have a clearly defined bathroom. A public bathroom is only needed in the presence of shared spaces.
- Integrate options. If you’re looking to accommodate large groups, incorporating separate living areas is never a bad idea. “In the basement,” says Lynda, “We roughed-out space for a separate kitchenette and bathroom.” The decision allows the lower level to be self-sufficient, should the need arise.
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