In this period of confinement, many of us have more time on our hands. More time to reflect, to read, and to focus on projects we may have put aside because we simply didn’t have enough time. What if you took this time to plan the construction of your log cabin or of a post and beam (Timber Frame) home in nature? Here are some tips for the successful construction or renovation of your home, where you’ll definitely want to reunite with friends and family….once this confinement comes to an end!
1. Lighting: a great way to experiment
Contrary to homes in the city, which are generally smaller and often have eight or nine foot ceilings, a log home offers spacious rooms and high ceilings that allow you to go for larger light fixtures. Go off the beaten path and opt for light fixtures with style that will make your log home more unique.
In this photo, we can immediately see this light fixture which puts its unique stamp on this spectacular dining room. Here are three options available to you:
- Department stores offer a wide array of choices
- Local artisans can craft unique pieces just for you
- If you’re crafty, “Do it yourself” websites can walk you through the creation of your own handmade light fixture on a budget
2. White to create contrast
To somewhat soften the imposing appearance of the wood, some may opt for white accents, borrowing a style we often see in more rustic homes.
It’s possible to add a touch of white here or there or to put more emphasis on this colour. Here are a few ideas for incorporating white into your home:
White kitchen cabinets will give your log home style, like in this log home built by the Harkins team.
White couches will add charm and elegance to your log home. However, if you have children or plan on renting out your home frequently, it’s better to opt for darker sofas.
For a lighter touch, you can use white in your decor. Towels, dinnerware on shelves, soap dispensers, light fixtures, chairs and more!
3. Fireplaces and their different types
A log home needs a fireplace. You can’t have one without the other. That’s why the construction of the fireplace and mantle must be well thought out and suited to your taste, your needs and the space available to you.
Some may opt for a fireplace with a massive stone mantle that stretches all the way to the top of the cathedral ceiling. This option can really add that wow factor and make the fireplace a central element of the home.
For something a bit more discrete, you can limit how high the bricks or stones extend by placing a shelf or crown moulding above the fireplace, like in the photo.
Finally, some may opt for a wood burning stove that’s not built into the wall for a unique, antique-y touch.
Have you given any thought to how you want your bathroom to look? Your choice of bathtub will impact how you approach the decor in this room.
Here are some of the options out there:
- Rustic style clawfoot bathtub
- Ceramic corner bathtub
- Freestanding bathtub, for a more modern look
- In-ground bathtub, for a spa-like feel
In certain log homes, the stairs are a central element of the design. For others, we look for ways to make them more discrete and less cumbersome in order to maximize space.
Here are some examples :
Classic straight staircase made of stained wood and cast iron
All-wooden staircase with steps made from a tree trunk
All-wooden straight staircase
There are so many options, but our architectural services team is on hand to guide you towards what will suit your log cabin or Timber Frame home best.