Log Home Brings Outdoors Inside

There are elements of intrinsic beauty in the simplification of a house built on the log cabin idea. Gustav Stickley

Americans have been building log homes for nearly 400 years, and the Europeans, for much longer. The love affair with the simple structure likely began in the colonies due to the widespread availability of the supplies- wood and sod, mostly. Today’s log homes can be a DIY project, not for the faint hearted, or elegant and custom built, as you will find in this home, HPP 28133 .

The home has 1725 square feet, a covered porch that extends across the front, 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The porch is accessed from the right side of the home and at forty feet long, it is the perfect spot for an Adirondack chair, with room for an ottoman, too. A cedar log table or stool, where you can put that cold drink down without worry on leaving rings, makes sense, also.

Inside the home, stairs on the right lead to the third bedroom suite. Before going up, however, you will find yourself in the great room, where a fireplace will relieve you of tingling in the toes after being outside in the snow or rain. A large rug and well-placed sofa will help define the room.

The dining room and kitchen are straight ahead; an extendable dining table will make it easy to accommodate guests or family when they come to visit. Placing stools around the kitchen island will provide seating for extra hungry mouths, too. The counterspace in the kitchen is an upside down L, with the double sink facing your backyard. The refrigerator and range are on the right wall of the kitchen, leaving room on countertops to prepare snacks and hearty meals.  A door to the left of the sink leads to outside.


From the great room, going towards the master suite; the washer and dryer are behind folding doors. After that and on your right is the master bedroom suite. You will find a spacious reach-in closet with folding doors, still with plenty of room for your current seasonal clothing. With windows on the other walls, your bed will be bathed in bathed in shadows and light, a welcoming respite from the outside business of the world. Next to the master suite is an additional closet, perhaps for extra winter coats or spring rain jackets.  

The second bedroom suite has a walk-in closet, and it shares a bath with the master suite. You will find a shower/tub combination, a single sink and a linen closet. The second suite would be an excellent place for the young child or infant, when you do not want them upstairs by themselves. A toddler bed with comfy, sink-in chairs would complete the room (well, a dresser secured to the wall would help, too).

Upstairs, a third bedroom suite with loft space and attic storage make this house plan one with generous storage. The loft is an ideal place for a study, reading nook, or even an extra bed made especially for the area (low to ground, storage underneath). The bedroom suite has a walk-in closet and access to a bathroom with double sinks, another closet (more storage), and a shower/tub combination.

Not enough room downstairs for holiday decorations or your craft supplies? Here you have access to three attic spaces, more than enough for all of your storage boxes. If you tend to be more on the creative side, those attic spaces can be whatever you desire- limited only by the size of the furnishings you put into them.

With a detached garage plan like this one, HPP 28036 , you will find plenty of room to store your vehicles out of the wind, sun and irritating weather (irritating to your car’s surface, that is). The steeply slanted roof encourages rain and winter’s frozen precipitation to slough off, and there is a covered side porch, too. The rustic look will complement that of your log home


Three cars will fit in the garage- there are two single entrances, with room for the one on the right to park two cars (known as a two-car tandem garage). A door on the left side, outside, leads you directly to the boot room; an L shaped bench is included, where you can store your skis, your tools or yes, even your boots. Lots of them.

There is storage underneath the stairs, the latter bringing you to a bathroom (shower/tub, single sink), a bedroom with a generous walk-in closet, and a flex space of 380 square feet. The second story of this garage is versatile for its many uses. This could be the living space for an adult child who is in-between homes, as long as meals are prepared next door or brought in, or for those last-minute guests who appear without notice and your house is full. (You could add a microwave and mini-fridge for convenience, too). Using this space as a rental, though, would have to meet your local ordinance restrictions.

If you love the outdoors and enjoy bringing that sense of nature inside, then this log cabin and detached garage, HPP 28133  house and HPP 28036  garage, are meant just for you.