California Log Home Builders Offer Options for More Livable Second Floor Space

With your dream log home, you want to make the most of your investment. Unfortunately, the design plan of many log homes can limit your space on the upper floors. If you need more space, there are architectural elements you can add to get the most out of your log home. These second-floor options can be ideal if you do not want the stress and expenses of major construction to build more rooms. Here are the pros and cons for more livable second-floor options for floor space from California log home builders.

Shed Dormers

Shed dormers can add visual value and space to the second floor. These windowed sections feature a flat roof sloped at a shallower angle than the home’s roof. The design helps open up smaller areas and gives more light and ventilation to the space. However, shed dormers need to be built at the right proportions for the log home or throw off the exterior’s look. 

While shed dormers can be more affordable than other options, these structures may not be as visually appealing to some log homeowners. Therefore, it is highly recommended that an architect draws up the design and professional California log home builders construct your shed dormer for the best results.

Gable Dormers

Gable dormers built by California log home builders can add up to half-room living space on the second floor. As a result, more natural light can stream into the home, and better ventilation can be achieved. Compared to shed dormers, gable dormers can require additional time and building materials during construction and raise roof maintenance expenses.

Knee Walls

Knee walls are vertical walls of the home perimeter that extend above the 2nd floor height.  They can be any height but are typically one to four feet tall, hence the term  knee walls.  The roof system is supported by them the same as normal walls.  . California log home builders best use these walls to convert hidden or unused spaces into valuable storage or living areas. For example, you can use them to recess furniture or create closet space to open more floor space in a bedroom. Knee walls can be used to expand space in a second-floor bathroom or anywhere additional ceiling height is desired. 

A disadvantage to using knee walls is that all walls of the home are extended higher.  That includes those areas that don’t have a 2nd floor where additional head height is not required, so extra money is spent on those wall areas unnecessarily.  On the flipside, the additional wall height in those areas, which is typically the great room, make the home feel larger and provide additional wallspace for decorations and trophy display.

Increased Roof Pitch

Increasing the roof pitch is another way California log home builders can add more space to the second floor of a log home. It can boost your curb appeal and help reduce damage from water leaks. Increased roof pitch can give you more headroom in smaller spaces. In addition, it can provide the opportunity for vaulted ceilings for a more elegant look. 

An increased roof pitch can be more expensive to install and maintain once the roof exceeds the pitch that allows the builders to stand on it without the aid of additional equipment.

Design More Livable Second Floor Space with Trusted California Log Home Builders

When considering ways to increase the space in your dream home, there are many options available. The option you choose may depend on the architectural design of your log home and your overall budget. Sierra Log & Timber are experienced California log home builders who can help you choose the right one for your needs. With 30 years of experience, numerous satisfied customers all over the United States have been able to make the most of the log homes Sierra Log & Timber have built. Request a design consultation from the California log home builders at Sierra Log & Timber today.

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