Log cabins are a very popular custom-built home design, especially for people who are designing a lake-front home, hunting lodge, or vacation home. The sense of coziness the design evokes as well as the natural connection to nature is very appealing, but the “traditional” design of a log cabin from days gone by may not necessarily work for today’s lifestyles, so we have a few ideas on how to modernize a traditional log cabin to make it more relevant.
Open Floor Plans – In days gone by, lob cabins were very compartmentalized, but an open floor plan is the norm today. This allows for better use of the space, more light, and a seamless flow between the different living areas.
Windows – If you look at older log cabins, the windows were sparse and very small, the complete opposite of how lob cabins are being designed today. We love the floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors that allow for more natural light as well as a much more natural transition from indoor living space to outdoor living space.
Eco-Friendly – Today’s homes are designed with sustainability in mind, so locally sourced and recycled materials are often the norm. You can also take advantage of green energy sources, such as solar panels on the roof, to lower the home’s carbon footprint.
Modern Interior – Even though the outside of the home is rustic in nature, we are seeing more modernized looks on the inside of today’s log cabins. You can create a blend of the old with the new, using sleek lines and minimalist furniture as well as modernized lighting to bring both design concepts together.
Smart Home – Just because you have an “older” looking home does not mean it should not take advantage of the latest technology. Modern homes need Wi-Fi, security systems, smart appliances, and other technology that can all be incorporated into the home without actually detracting from the rustic nature of the home’s design.
Outdoor Living – when we were discussing windows, we talked about the transition from indoor to outdoor space, a line that is often blurred in modern log cabins. Large patios, outdoor kitchens, fire pits, and even a hot tub can all be incorporated into the outdoor living space design to give a luxury feel to your outdoor space while also offering a seamless transition from inside to outside.
We have a lot more ideas on how to create a modern log cabin custom home without sacrificing that rustic feel that lured you to this type of home in the first place. Our residential construction consulting services range from consulting to project manager, and we even offer 3D imaging virtual walkthroughs so you see your new home as it will look once construction is completed. For more information, give us a call at 888-402-4180.