I'm a Tennessee-based freelance writer with a passion for true crime, a thirst for knowledge, and an obsession with lists.
In 2015, my husband and I purchased 20+ acres of farm land; a place we've hoped, worked, and saved for during all the years of our marriage. Now that we have the real estate, we're ready for phase two of our dream: a log home.
With only two children remaining at home and an empty nest just right around the corner, we've decided we don't wish to build an extravagant home with a lot of upkeep or one that pushes the limits of a retirement budget.. After hours of discussions, we've agreed to 1500-1700 square feet, three bedrooms, at least two baths, a loft, and a wrap around porch.
Searching log cabin house plans with these specifications can be difficult, tedious, time-consuming, and downright frustrating at times. Hopefully my endeavors will not go to waste and will make your search for the same much less frustrating and more enjoyable.
1. The Clearwater
The very popular 1,586 square foot Clearwater plan by Coventry Log Homes in Woodsville, New Hampshire.offers all the right amenities. A covered front porch provides additional outdoor living space while a sliding glass door off the dining/living area invites in the sun. The master suite is on the first floor with a walk-in closet as you enter the master bath plus two spacious bedrooms upstairs with a shared balcony loft.
This is the plan chosen by my husband and I. We added a $40,000 full basement to our plans, increasing our estimated cost to build to $230,000 for southeastern, rural middle Tennessee.
The Bigelow from Northeastern Log Homes is a 1,411 square feet classic cape with many charming and unique features such as the large front porch, the high cathedral ceilings, and the spacious country kitchen perfect for your family gatherings. The master bedroom is on the second level with the balcony loft while two additional bedrooms are located on the main floor..
The Palamino plan by Suwannee River Log Homes of Florida is a 1,600 square-foot well-designed home. This plan wastes no precious space. The large master bedroom is located on the first floor alongside a spacious great room and kitchen perfect for family gatherings. A luxurious master bedroom with bath suite, plus two additional bedrooms and bathrooms offer plenty of space for family or guest. An overall beautiful setting in which to create priceless memories.
4. The Kodiak
The Kodiak from Katahdin Cedar Log Homes of Oakfield, Maine is a cozy 1,580 square feet home featuring three bedrooms - two downstairs and the master bedroom upstairs with a balcony loft overlooking the spacious great room below. The three-quarters wraparound porch is only partially covered offering both front porch serenity and recreational deck space.
5. Little Creek
The Little Creek plan from Battle Creek Log Homes in Battle Creek, Tennessee is 1,650 square feet with a first floor master bedroom with a private porch. Two additional bedrooms and a 10 x 12 balcony loft completes the plans's second story.
My husband and I also gave serious consideration to this plan and requested a "rough" quote from our contractor. We were given a "rough" quote of $200,000 for purchasing the kit and turnkey completion. Again, this was for rural southeastern middle Tennessee.
6. HousePlans Plan #456-3
The description for 1,601 square foot floor plan #456-3 at Houseplans.com is so beautifully described, it would be an injustice not to include it here:
This delightful cottage features rustic year round appeal. It features a unique blend of rustic informality with a dramatic interior. A charming covered front porch merges into wrap around porches that surround the spectacular great room on 3 sides. The continuous front porch allows the home to be situated on your lot to frame the best view from the dramatic prow end of the great room.
The 1690 square feet of the Summit log cabin home plan by Hiltop Log & Timber Homes features a main floor master suite, two upstairs bedrooms, and a 10' x 14' balcony loft overlooking the great room.
8. White Tail
The unique design of the 1690 square foot plan named White Tail by Naturecraft Homes offers a cozy design of a main floor master bedroom as well as two upstairs bedrooms with their own bathroom and spacious loft area perfect for office or game room.
The 1644 square feet Pineview plan from Golden Eagle Log Homes is perfect for both narrow and large lots. The master suite is situated on the first floor with two additional bedrooms upstairs featuring their own balcony, semi-private sitting area and an open loft. Other features include high vaulted ceilings in the great room, main floor laundry, a kitchen island, plenty of glass for views and natural light, and choice of a cozy wood burning or gas fireplace.
10. The Plan Collection Plan #153-1466
Plan #153-1466 at The Plan Collection is 1658 square feet featuring both covered porch areas and decks, kitchen offering direct access to a grilling deck with a vaulted ceiling, a master suite on the lower level with private deck access, and two upstairs bedrooms with a shared bathroom and a common space loft.
© 2016 Kim Bryan
What Is Your Favorite Log Home Plan?
Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on May 21, 2020:
Thank you for your grand "tour" hopefully your in your dreamy log home now. Have a wonderful week :)