How They Have Changed!
Mention rustic log homes and what do people think? They often picture a small log cabin, built for hunting or seasonal use, a log cabin in the woods.
But, the truth is that rustic log homes are no longer just for hunting, fishing and vacations. And they are not always small…
More and more, modern log homes are being built as primary residences, or as luxurious seasonal homes, by the water or in the mountains.
The truth is that many modern rustic log homes exceed 2000 square feet, and quite a few are between 4000 and 6000 square feet.
But, at the same time, many baby boomers who have always dreamed of living in a log home, are downsizing for retirement, and building smaller log homes, some under 2000 square feet.
Rustic Log Homes Designs
Modern log homes come in many shapes and sizes. They are designed to accommodate our modern casual lifestyles.
Instead of the traditional looking rectangular log cabin with a front porch, you can build rustic log homes with total-surround porches, with decks, with bump outs and with huge windows that capture the views.
To give your new log home a more modern look, choose flat sided logs and squared off corners. With a little paint, this treatment looks like New England clapboard siding. And it will fit into any suburban neighborhood.
And, whether you are building a huge log home that will house dozens of friends and relatives, or a smaller retirement log home, you don’t have to sacrifice modern conveniences. You can still have a beautiful and functional kitchen and a luxurious bath with all the amenities!
Insulating Qualities of Rustic Log Homes
Logs have some natural insulating value, but there are ways to achieve the “log look” and have a warmer, cozier home. Using log siding with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) will increase the R-value to 30 for the walls and 40 or more, for the roof (shingles, not log siding, for the roof).
Modern rustic log homes come in kits or log home packages. Crockett Log and Timber Homes, for example, includes the logs, high quality energy efficient windows, doors, subflooring and roofing in its kits. Care is taken to insure that new log homes are now energy efficient! No more leaks and drafts.
If you are planning to build a rustic log home, make sure you see these related topics:
New England Log Cabin Builders – If you have purchased land, and you are ready to build, one of these rustic log homes builders may be able to help you. They have been chosen for their builders’ reputations, experience, and integrity.
New England Crockett Timber Homes – We work with this company, and they have been in business since the early 1970s. They have a reputation for quality and service. You can learn more about them here.
Log Cabin Kit Homes – If you are wondering just what is included in a log home package (and how it all works), this will explain what you can expect…
Log Home Kitchens – Designing and planning your new log home kitchen can be a bit challenging. But it’s really important to do it right. Here are some things to consider…
Log Railings – It’s not too soon to consider construction details like railings and stairs. These photos and ideas will help you get started…
Log Cabin Siding – Using log siding on your home can make it look just like a real log cabin. And, while log sided homes used to have corners that gave them away, now you can get log side with corners that look just like conventional log home corners.