What to Include in Your Log Cabin Plans
Before beginning the construction process, you need to sketch out a floor plan for your log cabin. But designing log cabin plans can be a challenge. There’s much to consider when developing ideas for your new space.
How Many Rooms Should Your Log Cabin Have?
The square footage and number of rooms a building needs should first be based on how many people will occupy the structure at any given time.
A single bathroom is ideal for up to three people. Consider adding a half bath with a walk-in shower if you have four to six people. If your cabin will be used as a group vacation home, you may want to include two full bathrooms in your floor plan prints.
How many bedrooms do you need? If you have three kids, you may want each to have their own bedroom if you plan to use the cabin as your new dwelling, but four bedrooms take up a lot of square feet. If it’s a vacation home, two of your kids can share a bedroom and one kid can have their own while you occupy the master bedroom suite, reducing the square footage and cost of your getaway. After all, you’ll only be there for a week or two at most, right?
Master suites and guest bedrooms also work well for small couples retreats. You and your partner can go off grid with two of your favorite couples (or more, if your living space allows) and host a weekend of games, homemade meals, laughs, and more.
A loft is one of the most versatile and attractive features of log cabins and other homes. From a workspace to an open play area to store an extra bed or two, this open second-floor room adds a world of possibilities to your log cabin. Lofts are also much easier to heat than closed bedrooms if you plan to use a fireplace. When considering a loft, you’re only as limited as your imagination.
Kitchen cabinet and counter space should also be included in your log cabin plans. Supply and utensil storage capacity can be estimated by how long you’ll occupy the cabin, the type of food you’ll make and serve, and how many people stay at a time. If your new cabin is miles away from the “local” grocery store or if you don’t frequent restaurants during your vacation, more kitchen storage would be helpful.
And don’t forget the closet space! you’ll need a place to store coats, cleaning supplies, linens, games, and more, so be sure to incorporate plenty of closets into your floor plan drawing, as well.
How Many Stories Should Your Log Cabin Be?
The size of your cabin should be based on its purpose and the average number of people who will lodge there at any given time.
Is your log cabin going to be a vacation home? A two-story prefab log cabin with a custom floor plan may be the most stylish and efficient choice for a summer hideaway.
The traditional southern ranch-style log cabin is ideal for small families interested in a new home. Here, you can live like a pioneer. Enhance this single-story option with a basement for extra storage and washer and dryer units.
Natural Light for Your Cabin
Your windows should be strategically placed throughout your cabin plans in order to let in the most natural light. This helps to save energy and electricity while keeping the interior temperature cool during warmer days. It also helps you better enjoy the view from your cabin. Whether you’re surrounded by woods or your soon-to-be new cabin will be built near the lakeside, windows will allow you to enjoy the beauty of nature while safe indoors.
Exterior Features for Your Log Cabin Plans
Another way to enhance the look and feel of your new log cabin is to incorporate a porch into your log cabin plans. Want to get even more elaborate with your rustic design? Make it even more attractive with a large wrap around porch! This addition to your prefabricated or modular log cabin offers more opportunities for outdoor entertainment, whether it’s enjoying the view with an early morning coffee as the sun comes up or grilling with friends on a gorgeous summer afternoon.
Also, consider including a garage to your lot plans to add even more value to your property. Use it as extra storage space or another place to park your car.