Log home floor plans are the natural starting point for the creation of any home. Today’s technology and sophistication allow for endless possibilities in creating the log home of your dreams.

The following paragraphs share general tips to help understand or evaluate a plan in regards to spatial layout and total turn key cost. Spatial layout can be defined as room size and placement, kitchen design, and bathroom numbers and location. It is the easiest criteria to determine and modify. By reviewing numerous plans and visiting completed homes, you can determine the spatial layout that will suit your personal taste and building site.

The turn key cost of a particular log home floor plan is a little more complicated. I will make some generalizations to simplify the costing of a plan. By keeping the following factors in mind, you will have a better understanding of what drives the final turn-key price.

The three major factors contributing to the overall cost of a log home floor plan is the foundation size, the total number of corners and roof design. The foundation size is simple. The larger the footprint of the home is, the more material it will take to finish it. A ranch style log home is often the most expensive per finished square foot. A ranch style log home requires a larger footprint to result in required livable space. If you were to start with smaller footprint, and add a second story or loft, the end result would be the same finished square footage with a lower cost per finished square foot. (Typically).

The number of corners a home has is also a factor. It isn’t quite as significant; however it is a contributing factor. Most general contractors will allow for six corners in a home. After that there is an extra charge. Charges will very per contractor and region. The reason there is an extra charge is for the labor and materials. It takes a lot more time on a foundation (both block and poured) that has a lot more corners. That same increase in labor and material is added as you build the walls and finish the roof.

The third factor is the roof design. A roof consists of hips, valleys, gables and dormers. The more complicated and dimensional a roof is, the more labor and materials it will take. Dormers also add additional cost. It takes a lot of time to hand frame and finish a second story dormer. Dormers are an attractive addition to any roof and can add significant curb appeal to any log home, however it is important to know that they do cost extra. In consideration of a budget, you may want one large single dormer in the center of your log home instead of two smaller dormers.

The log home plans on the website are categorized by a general classification: Manufactured log home plans, log cabin home plans, log home house plans, and luxury log home plans.