Designing Your Log Home: Tips To Keep You Out of Trouble

 


Article by: Mercedes Hayes

Nearly every log home , The Perfect Kitchen Curtain for Your is a custom design, , Rainscreen Technology whether you are altering a stock plan , Building a Deck – Selecting the Right Nails, Screws, or Fixtures or starting from scratch. By their very nature, , Arming Your Kitchen With Basic Cooking Utensils custom floor , Skunked - On Memorial Day plans open up a large number of untested challenges - especially if you are trying to design , The Perfect Kitchen Curtain for Your Home the house yourself. , Duct Tape Fashion With almost all log home , Anti Static Bars manufacturers, an in-house architect will take your design , Homebuilders can help you Build your own Energy Efficiency Homes and turn it into a set of drawings that conform to their building , DIY Methods to Save on Utilities system. Your home , Bean bag chairs compared to regular furniture will be structurally sound. However, don't necessary expect them to point out every inconvenience or snafu in your design. , Beautifying Your Home This is a hands-on business, and in the end, your house design , Country Decorating - What Influences Your Decorating Style? is on you... and you'll have to live with it. Here are a few pointers I can suggest to make your design , Heat Pumps more efficient.

MECHANICALS: Open floor , Improving Your Bathroom's Appearance can be as Simple as Changing Your Bathroom Cabinets plans are the essence of the modern log home. , How About a Jungle Mural to Put Some Swing Into Your Child's Room? They make a home , Heat Pumps feel larger, and keep the cook from feeling isolated. However, if you have a second floor , Methods of Porcelain and China Collectible Repair for Lladro and Hummel Figurines you need to consider how you are going to get the plumbing, , Solar Outdoor Lighting Tips And Ideas the electric , Types Of Wood Flooring and the ductwork (both supply and return) to the upstairs rooms. , Anti Static Bars You won't be using the exterior walls , Tumbling Troubles – How To Get Your Dryer Working Again for that, so you need to create enough interior , How About a Jungle Mural to Put Some Swing Into Your Child's Room? walls downstairs to fit all the mechanicals. Each object in all likelihood will take its own space between the 2x4s. Even if you use radiant-floor heating, you'll need ductwork for the air , So You Think You Want to Build a Steel House? conditioning. There are some systems that use high-pressure ductwork much smaller in diameter than conventional ducts, so there are other possibilities if you are pressed for space. But the best solution is to think ahead. If you're tempted to use an interior , Sewing Machines - Quick & Easy Sewing One Stitch At A Time full-log wall , Tumbling Troubles – How To Get Your Dryer Working Again (or none at all), you may be sacrificing an opportunity to get more ductwork upstairs.

PLUMBING: The wisest floor , Tumbling Troubles – How To Get Your Dryer Working Again plans are the ones that try to keep the bathrooms , Improving Your 's Appearance can be as Simple as Changing Your Bathroom Cabinets together (either back-to-back or one directly above the other) and the shortest runs on the plumbing. , Show Off Those Curtain Rods This can't always be done, but when placing the upstairs bathroom, , The Perfect Kitchen Curtain for Your Home try to line it up with an interior , DIY Methods to Save on Utilities downstairs wall. , Building a Deck – Selecting the Right Nails, Screws, or Fixtures This way the plumbing , 5 Steps for Creating a Garage You Can Love - and Use doesn't have to snake all over the place. , Handheld Shower Filter with Rement Filters and Cartridges for Your Shower Filters

CLOSETS: I would venture to guess that log homes , builders can help you Build your own Energy Efficiency Homes are usually notoriously short on closet space. I know my home , Skunked - On Memorial Day is. First of all, it would be a terrible waste to put a closet against an exterior log wall. , How About a Jungle Mural to Put Some Swing Into Your Child's Room? Why hide your beautiful , The Lasting Appeal of Adirondack Chairs logs? And because we try to keep the square footage down to a minimum, it almost seems a crime to waste precious space on closets. However, there's more than one reason to include them. Not only do we seem to collect more stuff as we get older, but by law in several states the closet determines whether a room , When is it time to buy a new bed? is a bedroom or an office. This could affect the resale (or refinancing) of your house. , When is it time to buy a new bed? Here is a suggestion: put two closets side-by-side on the wall , DIY Methods to Save on Utilities separating two rooms; the closets may not be huge, but it doesn't change , Anti Static Bars the shape of the rooms. , Homebuilders can help you Build your own Energy Efficiency Homes Try to include a coat closet near your front door. , So You Think You Want to Build a Steel House?

WINDOWS: As I'm sure you've already read many times, you can't have too many windows , Double Your Space With Closet Organizers in a log home. , Methods of Porcelain and China Collectible Repair for Lladro and Hummel Figurines The wood , Refurbished Solar Panels For Your Home sucks up the light , Choosing an efficient dishwashers like a sponge. If you have a large empty wall, , Show Off Those Curtain Rods the insertion of a window , Taking A Closer Look At American Indian Beadwork near the peak not only lets in more light, , Choosing an efficient dishwashers it adds character. Some people add windows , Tumbling Troubles – How To Get Your Dryer Working Again along either side of a shed , How to determine the right juicer dormer. In my case, I had to move the roof , When is it time to buy a new bed? line to increase the size of my bedroom window, , Homebuilders can help you Build your own Energy Efficiency Homes because by code it needed to be 6' square for egress. In any upstairs bedroom you'll need your windows , Clutch Driven Vacuum Pumps to be large enough to climb out in case of fire. , Top Pool Heater Maintenance Tips Also remember that too many direct-set windows , Building a Deck – Selecting the Right Nails, Screws, or Fixtures will decrease the amount of air , Importance of Shower Filters flow to your upstairs. In my house , Building a Deck – Selecting the Right Nails, Screws, or Fixtures I added an awning (a small hinged window) to the bottom of stationery windows , Bean bag chairs compared to regular furniture in my dormers. This helped let air , Remodeling - Removing Walls is Easier Than You Think in, but even so the rooms , Top Pool Heater Maintenance Tips can be stuffy. A ceiling fan helps, but ultimately I may need to add a skylight to create a draft.

KITCHEN VENT: One of the more difficult decisions we made concerned how to , Arming Your Kitchen With Basic Cooking Utensils vent the range hood. If you don't want your stove to be on an exterior wall, , Types Of Wood Flooring you are going to have an interesting puzzle. Will you run the exhaust duct between the floor , Wooden Shutters - Interior Shutters for Home, Office, Restaurant, Cafe joists to the exterior? Will the run be so long you'll have to add another fan? I gave in and moved my stove to the exterior wall, , Selection and Installation - Air Conditioning Unit but then we had to cut a hole in the logs for the vent. Horrors! How do you hide that? My builder built a little cedar box around the hole and we were lucky enough to have a porch roof , Methods of Porcelain and China Collectible Repair for Lladro and Hummel Figurines underneath, so you can't see it from every direction. Still, this ugly vent is on the front of the house, , Handheld Shower Filter with Replacement Filters and Cartridges for Your Shower Filters and had I thought of it, I may have moved the kitchen , Double Your Space With Closet Organizers to the back of the house. , Tumbling Troubles – How To Get Your Dryer Working Again

CRAWL SPACE vs. BASEMENT: There are many reasons to opt for a crawl space rather than a basement , Country Decorating - What Influences Your Decorating Style? - none of them particularly comfortable. Aside from the obvious disadvantages of a crawl space, there are a few things we didn't think of. I, in my blissful ignorance, didn't give any thought to the ugly electrical panel. Of course, I knew we'd have meters and a panel, but I didn't think of where they were going. What I didn't know was that by code, we couldn't put the panel in the crawl space. Since we don't have a garage, , Country Decorating - What Influences Your Decorating Style? the electrical panel was installed in one of our rooms , Top Pool Heater Maintenance Tips on the log wall. , Handheld Shower Filter with Replacement Filters and Cartridges for Your Shower Filters Isn't that lovely? Another disadvantage of the crawl space: you'll need a short water , Types Of Wood Flooring heater if that's where it is going, and you may need to purchase a horizontal-mount furnace. Because our water , Building a Deck – Selecting the Right Nails, Screws, or Fixtures quality was poor, we had to install a purification system. This 54" unit must be mounted upright, and our crawl space is 48" tall. We had to punch a hole through the concrete floor , Tales of the Often Underappreciated Kitchen Faucet to make room , Handheld Shower Filter with Replacement Filters and Cartridges for Your Shower Filters for the unit.

GUTTERS: Yes, you want to get the water , So You Think You Want to Build a Steel House? away from your log home , Choosing an efficient dishwashers at all costs. There can be challenges; we have an alpine-style home , Remodeling - Removing Walls is Easier Than You Think with a vaulted ceiling. However, the roof , The Perfect Kitchen Curtain for Your Home comes to a deep V on the corners that create a magnificent rain chute. This is not necessarily wonderful when it dumps onto your deck! , Homebuilders can help you Build your own Energy Efficiency Homes Because of the generous overhang that comes with a log home, , How House Plans Work the end of that V projects far from the walls , When is it time to buy a new bed? and doesn't make a logical angle from which to hang a downspout. On one corner I satisfied myself with an old-fashioned rain barrel, and on the deck , Refurbished Solar Panels For Your Home side we had to divert the water , Sewing Machines - Quick & Easy Sewing One Stitch At A Time to the pergola we built against the house, , Bean bag chairs compared to regular furniture and ran a gutter along the edge of the pergola.

OVERHANGS: You should have at least a 1' foot and preferably a 2' overhang to protect your logs. This overhang needs to be taken into consideration when designing your roof , Tumbling Troubles – How To Get Your Dryer Working Again line. If you have overlapping angles, make sure you are not creating a water , Furnace Buying Tips trap or a snow , Solar Outdoor Lighting Tips And Ideas trap. There are times your overhang might bump into another angle of the roof. , Tumbling Troubles – How To Get Your Dryer Working Again You may actually have to raise part of the roof , Tumbling Troubles – How To Get Your Dryer Working Again a little to make clearance.

DOOR SWINGS: This can be one of the most annoying errors you can make and not catch until too late. Think of what your door , Tumbling Troubles – How To Get Your Dryer Working Again is covering when opened all the way. Is it covering another doorway? Will two doors , Anti Static Bars bang together? If you are in a tight space, will it open all the way at all? When we installed our bathroom , Solar Outdoor Lighting Tips And Ideas vanity, we didn't think about the door , The Omega Juicer: A Superfood Fountain? swing until the plumbing , Skunked - On Memorial Day was already hooked up. The door , How About a Jungle Mural to Put Some Swing Into Your Child's Room? cleared the vanity by one whole inch; it could have been worse. You can compensate by swinging the other way (before it's already hung, or your hinges will be on the wrong side). Or, in the design , Rainscreen Technology phase you can use a narrower door. , Tales of the Often Underappreciated Kitchen Faucet Or get a smaller vanity.

ELECTRICAL: The electrical and plumbing , The Omega Juicer: A Superfood Fountain? layout will not come from your log home , You Say Jacuzzi and I Say Whirlpool architectural drawings. The manufacturer , DIY Methods to Save on Utilities is not concerned about where you put your outlets. Once the plans , Creating a Family Reading Room are firmed up, the time will come for you to sit down with the electrician and mark exactly where you want your outlets, switches and light , Decorative Floors: Transform Your Space from the Bottom Up fixtures. Local , Types Of Wood Flooring code will determine the minimum distance between outlets, but anyone will tell you to put in more than you need; eventually you will probably use them anyway. Even if you don't need it, put your cable and telephone into every room; it's so much easier and cheaper to do it up front. Also remember, you can't ever have too many lights , Taking A Closer Look At American Indian Beadwork in a log home. , Selection and Installation - Air Conditioning Unit Plan , Duct Tape Fashion ahead for those fixtures - especially the ones in the ceiling. They will not be pretty to add later on.

DEAD SPACE: If you are building , Improving Your Bathroom's Appearance can be as Simple as Changing Your Bathroom Cabinets a huge log home, , Solar Outdoor Lighting Tips And Ideas you've got so much space it doesn't really matter. But for most of the rest of us, every inch counts. There are some approaches that might maximize your floor , You Say Jacuzzi and I Say Whirlpool space. First of all, do you really need hallways? Some space-saving designs , Heat Pumps arrange the rooms , Arming Your Kitchen With Basic Cooking Utensils so they all open into a small hallway. I prefer none at all. Also, consider that every closet door , Tales of the Often Underappreciated Kitchen Faucet creates dead space. If you can arrange your floor , Taking A Closer Look At American Indian Beadwork plan so that closet door , Skunked - On Memorial Day swings into a place , Double Your Space With Closet Organizers which is already dead (for instance, another closet door , Bean bag chairs compared to regular furniture or a foyer), you might open up the room , You Say Jacuzzi and I Say Whirlpool a bit. Does your loft serve a purpose or is it merely an open hallway from room , Choosing an efficient dishwashers to room? Can you put a piece of furniture , How About a Jungle Mural to Put Some Swing Into Your Child's Room? on it? If not, perhaps it would serve to give it an angle and make your "open to below" space a little smaller.

Hopefully I've helped a little bit. I learned many of these tips , Beautifying Your Home the hard way, and I'm sure there are plenty more I haven't bumped into yet. After all, a custom home , Indoor Fountains: Enhance your Interior Dιcor with Wall Fountains! is one giant learning curve.

EzineArticles Expert Author Mercedes Hayes
Mercedes Hayes is a Hiawatha Log Home , Clutch Driven Vacuum Pumps dealer and also a Realtor in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She designed her own log home , Duct Tape Fashion which was featured in the 2004 Floor , Bean bag chairs compared to regular furniture Plan Guide of Log Home , Skunked - On Memorial Day Living magazine. You can learn more about log homes , Refurbished Solar Panels For Your by visiting http://www.JerseyLogHomes.com.


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