Building your own log home can be an exciting decision. However, before you take the plunge, you may want to be aware of many new homeowners’ common mistakes. These oversights can lead to irreparable damage. Here are the most common log home design mistakes to avoid.

Rushing the Design Phase

Building a log home requires careful thought to meet your needs far into the future. To avoid any potential log home design mistakes, plan to spend ample time in the design phase.  Don’t rush it.  Share with your designer how you live.  For example: where you eat dinner, do you entertain, how many will use the house, do you barbeque often, how much time do you spend outdoors using decks and porches, how often you entertain family, how many gather on special occasions, level of prominence of the TV

Understand that the home design significantly influences the overall costs.  A more complex roof system is more costly to build than one with a simple roofline.  The fewer corners your home has the less it will cost to build, in that respect.  

Work closely with your designer in sharing your budget and research for your design plans.  Be open with your budget.  The better your home designer understands your goals the better equipped he will be to help you achieve them.

Think about what you want for your log cabin. Do you want a place for a particular season or all year round? How many bedrooms and bathrooms will you need? What amenities would you like to have? The clearer you are on what you desire, the fewer log home design mistakes you will likely make. 

Overestimating Available Space

One of the biggest log home design mistakes many new homeowners may make is overestimating available space. Understand that interior walls might take up more space than a pencil drawing might reflect.  Traditional interior walls are approximately five to seven inches thick.  If interior walls are made of logs they can range from  8 to 13 inches thick. When designing your home, you will want to account for this to ensure rooms and hallways are large enough. Also, make sure to leave enough space between windows and doors to leave sufficient log length for fasteners and sufficient shear wall strength. 

One specific area of your log home where you want to have adequate design layout space is in the bathroom. The layout for this space should focus more on functionality than looks. For example, if you have several family members living in the home, you may want to have the shower and toilet in one room while keeping the vanity separate. This will allow someone to get ready in the morning at the sink while someone else takes a shower. Since bathrooms typically featureless square footage than other areas of the home, maximizing space can make a huge difference. 

Poor Hot Water Heater Placement

One of the most common log home design mistakes homeowners make is poor hot water heater placement. The location of your hot water heater is crucial to avoid waiting for hot water to reach your shower from the tank. Besides long wait times, this mistake can lead to increased energy costs. The best way to prevent this from happening is to install the water heater in the center of the log cabin home. In addition, hot water on demand units offers even more efficiency for your design plans.

Avoid Costly Log Home Design Mistakes with Sierra Log & Timber

Building a home requires expert advice to avoid costly log home design mistakes for your dream home. Sierra Log & Timber specializes in creating customized log home designs for customers throughout the United States. Designers with over 30 years of experience will help you uncover a style that is right for you with 2D and 3D images and illustrations. Call to schedule a design consultation today.

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