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With today’s rising lumber and building materials prices, it’s no surprise many people are reducing the size of their original log home plans. Having to settle for a home that is 80% – 90% the size of their dream home is hard to accept, but for many, it must be done.
There are some practical actions you can take to make the most use of a small or smaller log home. Perhaps you have thought of some of them, but just in case you haven’t, here are seven that many homeowners have tried and liked. We hope they will be helpful whether you want to build soon or sometime in the future.
Start by Keeping Your Floor Plans Simple
There’s nothing wrong with a simple rectangular or square floor plan to create a comfortable log home. Contractors tell us these two home shapes eliminate tiny spaces where installing log walls can be difficult. Since a simple plan is easier to understand and construct, there are fewer if any, misunderstandings between the homeowner and builder.
Simple plans offer more open spaces that are more versatile and comfortable. You might say they make your areas work harder for you.
Build Up and Not Out
A common issue many encounter is the high cost of a lot or a limited budget. If you must settle for a smaller lot than desired, then build up and not out. By adding a half story or second story to your log home you can have more rooms and space in a smaller area.
In general, adding levels like a second floor or basement is less expensive than expanding a single-story home. Cathedral or high ceilings are nice, but they use up valuable space that eliminates a loft or upper level.
You can ‘have your cake and eat it too’ by building up. Discover more ways to organize a smaller house with these ideas.
Eliminate or Reduce Hallways
Hallways are great but they do take up square footage that can be used for other rooms and areas. Most halls provide little benefit such as one that separates a dining room from the kitchen. You can still move between the two rooms just as easily or better without a hall and end up with more usable and precious space.
Reducing or eliminating hallways is akin to creating an open-space concept. Your contractor will know how to support the upper floors and roof with fewer load-bearing walls on the ground floor. The fewer the walls, the better for creating more space.
Make Bedrooms and Bathrooms Smaller
Let’s face it, do we really need huge bedrooms and bathrooms, especially for children? They’re nice but with a smaller log home and budget, we need to make some sacrifices somewhere.
Carefully analyze your home needs before building, and consider making bedrooms and bathrooms a bit smaller. You probably won’t miss the space in the long run. This will provide more space for other crucial rooms like living spaces and common areas. Build smaller closets and use wardrobes for additional spaces for clothing and shoes.
|“There are some practical actions you can take to make the most use of a small or smaller log home. There’s nothing wrong with a simple rectangular or square floor plan to create a comfortable log home.”|
Use Smaller Spaces for Stairways
Stairways for second-floor levels do not need to be extra wide and grand. As long as they are wide enough to move furniture up and down, they’re sufficient. Old style straight stairs take up less room than U-shaped or right-angle stairways.
Think about using a sturdy ladder or spiral staircase for a loft if you plan to use small furniture up there. Make them safe with handrails, especially for the elderly.
Be Creative with Storage Space and a Basement
A small log home still needs a lot of storage space on each level. With creative thinking, you can store a lot of items without creating a lot of clutter. Closets, under beds, and in attics are just some of the ways you can conserve space. Check out these additional ideals for smaller homes.
A partial or small basement is an ideal way to add more storage space to a log home. Another option is using a weather-proof crawl space under one or more rooms. The easier the access, the better it works.
Build with Log Siding Inside and Out
Countless log homeowners have discovered a better way to build a smaller house. By using log siding, you can have the full log look without the full log price. Wider log siding can make smaller homes and rooms look even smaller. TIP: Match the widths of the logs to the size and proportions of the rooms. Complementary log trim and corner systems add the finishing touches.
The WoodWorkers Shoppe has been supplying discriminating log homeowners with high-quality building materials for many years. Our unfinished, pre-finished, and hand-hewn log siding is perfect for your smaller log home. Our customer specialists are standing by to answer your log home questions and fill your orders promptly.