The overarching design aesthetic
you want your home to have will affect everything from your floor plan to your furnishings. As you embark on your design journey, gather a portfolio of photos, both exterior and interior, that appeal to you and spread them out. Group similar styles
together — you’ll likely see a pattern emerge. Maybe you’ll find you’re partial to a long, low ranch
or you appreciate the contemporary side of log home construction with a mountain-modern vibe. There’s no wrong answer. Log home style can be anything you want it to be. Use these benchmark examples to help you hone your log home’s look.
Photo: Brian Gomsak
1. Cozy Craftsman
One of the more recognizable housing styles, the Craftsman movement is distinctly American. Emerging as a rebellion against the perceived mediocrity of mass production during the Industrial Revolution, it favors handcraftsmanship and unique design elements inside and out, and log construction is a perfect vehicle for this style.
Long, low rooflines top one to one-and-a-half stories containing intricate floor plans. Mixed materials such as stone-clad pillars that are square and flair at the bottom, standing-seam metal roofs and heavy timber trusses complement the log walls.
Photo: Rich Frutchey
2. Down on the Farm
The log farmhouse look can take several forms. A two-story facade with large gables and a wrap-around front porch is the classic homestead. It’s versatile, timeless and a favorite among log home devotees.
There is also a “connected” style that gives the appearance the house was added onto over time. By using a variety of building materials like cedar shake, stone and even brick in distinctive segments, it feels as though generations have expanded it to accommodate the growing and changing needs of the family.
Photo: James Ray Spahn
3. At Home with Adirondack
Ranging from simple boathouse designs to the Great Camps, this style isn’t limited to the region from which it draws its name. If you like the rugged, highly textured log look, this is the style for you no matter where you live. Native materials, like stone and twig railings, are integral components of this classic log home architecture. Floor plans are somewhat compartmentalized (even detached outbuildings are common) with a grand gathering space at its core. Square-paned casement windows and a combination of steep-pitch and low shed rooflines round out the look.
Photo: Hoffman Photography
4. Modern Times
Rising from the growing interest in hybrid log-and-timber home construction, the “mountain modern” design option infuses classic, natural log elements with metal, glass and other more industrial architectural materials. Low, angular profiles and flat roofs are common traits, as are very open floor plans. These homes tend to be sleek and sophisticated rather than rustic and natural, yet they blend high style with their organic surroundings.
Photo: James Ray Spahn
5. Quintessential Cabin
Of all the styles, this is the one that most frequently comes to mind when you say the words “log home.” It’s classic, it’s timeless and it’s rustic to its core.
Square logs will give it a homesteaders’ appeal; round logs will lend a Scandinavian feel. Either way, keep it small and cute as a button, and you’ll achieve the ultimate cabin in the woods.