Answers From The Experts: Q&A With A Log Cabin Design Expert
Last month log cabin hub announced our “Answers from the Experts” blogging series. In part three of the series we have interviewed Tod Parmeter, the co-owner of Golden Eagle Log Homes and a log cabin design expert, on some of your most popular questions on log home design.
For those of you who are just starting the design process, this post will help you with key design issues of architecture, design prudence, tips and the best log cabin designs. If you are looking to design a log cabin then it’s also worth taking a look at our latest post on log home floor plans.
A full transcript of our interview with Tod can be seen below:
What are the main phases of designing a log cabin and what are the major decisions involved during the design process?
We suggest you have your land before your plans are drawn. We believe the home design should help you enjoy the property you purchased and this could mean anything from bird watching windows to a walk-out basement. There are reasons why you selected your piece of land and you should accentuate certain areas of your home for a better living experience for you and your family.
When looking for an architect or designer how can someone be assured of his or her workmanship?
Keeping in mind a typical architect designs anything from supermarkets to parking garages and may never have designed a log home during their career, we recommend you work directly with the log home company you are going to purchase your package from. We have an in-house design staff which has professionally designed and engineered over 5000 log and custom timber homes.
How can a well thought out log cabin design protect a log cabin from weathering and make maintenance easier?
There again this is a great conversation we like to have with our customers. All of our homes can be designed to minimize future exterior maintenance. It’s better to view a model home, showroom, prebuilt displays and photos to observe and minimize your exterior maintenance.
Do log cabin homes settle or shrink and how can the design of a log cabin mitigate this?
We do not have problems with settling or shrinkage with our homes. At Golden Eagle we have a staff of in-house designers and engineers; plus we own our own dry kilns, manufacturing facility and millions of dollars’ worth of log inventory. Simply said, we have quality control over the complete process as we don’t have to rely on subcontractors. If something isn’t right it is on us and we will make it right! This is how every log home provider should work.
What are your best quick tips for ensuring that a log cabin design is practical?
We like to get to know our customers and find out who is going to enjoy the home and how will the home be used. For example, someone who entertains large groups will have different needs to that of the person who wishes to live in privacy and or someone with bad knees probably should consider having the master bedroom suite on the main floor. It’s important that the design of the perfect log home for a customer is right.
What are the most common mistakes made during the design of a log cabin and how can they be avoided?
The biggest mistake would be buying your home materials package piecemeal. Can you imagine trying (paying a mechanic) to assemble your new automobile with random parts from 50 different suppliers? Piecemeal of course doesn’t make sense, so do yourself a favor and invest in a complete package. Along with getting all the materials at a very fair price you get the assurances and peace of mind that everything is included, everything is designed as a system and guaranteed to fit.
From your experience, what are the most popular log cabin designs?
When it comes to log homes our lofted home plans have historically been the better sellers, however we have seen a continuous increase in ranch style homes sales year after year. All of our plans meaning both ranch and lofted styles are available with the same key features including generous master suites, prow fronts, covered porches, tall walls of viewing glass, attached garage, walk-out basement, walk-in-pantry, finished basements and of course gorgeous custom kitchen and bathroom areas.
We hope that you found this latest post in the ask an expert series interested and we would like to extend a big thank you to Tod for participating in this series.
If you have any questions then please feel free to leave them below and we will be sure to answer them for you.