Top Three Log Cabin House Plans

When I think of Colonial America, I think of a log cabin. I am not sure if it comes from reading Little House on the Prairie as a kid or when I used to play with my brother’s Lincoln Logs, but the image always stuck.  Unfortunately I don’t seem to see a lot of log cabins driving through New England but this historically significant architectural style really shouldn’t be ignored.

Giant windows let natural light pour into the great room of this beautiful log cabin house plan. With an open floor plan this cabin’s space flows freely between the kitchen, dining room, and great room, all of which have a view of its warm fireplace. The master suite has a walk-in-closet that also opens to attic space. This house plan also features a loft that is open to the great room below.

The first examples of log cabin house plan came to the Americas from the Swedish settlers who built them in Delaware in 1638.  After the Revolutionary War other colonists followed suit as they began to move westward. The log cabin became the typical home of the backwoodsman when the colonists began to encounter thick forests in areas like Tennessee, Kentucky, and the Northwest Territories. Log cabins continued to gain fame in the 1840s when small cabins were used in parades to demonstrate President Harrison’s support of the frontier people. The most famous log cabin house plan in the United States is probably the one where Abraham Lincoln was born, but many other Americans who rose to greatness spent their early years in log cabins.

One look at this log cabin house plan and you can see its beautiful curbside appeal and spacious elegance is perfect for a mountain retreat or a weekend cottage. This two-story house plan is ideal with welcoming covered porches and a rear deck that provides ample opportunity for outdoor entertaining. The large master suite is located on the upper level and provides plenty of privacy with the rest of the upper level open to the living and dining areas below.

Historically, log cabin house plans were essentially one room huts with one door and perhaps one or two small windows. The spaces between the logs were packed with mud and grass to keep out the wind and cold, and because there were no nails the logs were fastened with notched ends or wooden pegs. A log cabin’s roof was made from overlapping rows of short boards and the floor was constructed from hard packed clay. With glass unavailable, the window openings were covered with oiled paper to let in a little light and the room was heated by an open fireplace that served as the stove.

Among the many ways that today’s log cabin house plans differ from those of yore is that they are much more eco-friendly and energy efficient. With today’s technology log cabin house plans come in every form from seasonal cabins to luxurious castle-like estates. Today’s technology also allows for some other options as well. Logs can form the actual framing and structure of the home or simply be added to the exterior for a natural look. Additionally, logs can be either handcrafted with peeled lumber for an authentic appearance or milled for a more consistent look with natural imperfections removed.

This log cabin house plan  is a little more like a warm and cozy castle. Step in from the covered porch with vaulted ceiling and you will find yourself in the foyer with a gracious loft above your head. The foyer leads to a welcoming family room, which in turn opens to a striking great room with a fireplace. In the master suite you will find an embellished private access to the rear deck and a master bath with a whirlpool bath, shower, double vanities and walk-in closet. Not only does this log house plan have all of the amenities but it also provides opportunity for expansion over the breezeway and garage.

 

Details like a stone chimney, metal roof, multiple gables, charming dormers, and a welcoming porch obviously lend more style to the exterior of modern log cabin house plans than the one-room pioneer huts. Additionally the interior may offer open floor plans, a stone fireplace, dramatic vaulted ceilings, and tall windows.  Whatever you are looking for, if a log cabin house plan is your dream, you can find it in the Direct from the Designers log house plan collection.