Log homes are an American institution, with roots tracing back to our countries founding. In modern times, however, the timber home industry is thriving with ever more advanced and impressive homes coming onto the market year after year. While there are many different design styles of log homes, most fall into three main building categories: Log Cabins, Timber Frame Homes, and Hybrid Homes.
True log cabins are homes that have an exterior constructed entirely from log timbers. These timbers can come in a variety of shapes and forms, but to be counted as a true log cabin they need to be fully exposed wood.
Timber frame homes have an exterior frame of log timbers, similar to a log cabin, but unlike a cabin, the exterior wall material may vary. There are several types of paneling that are common on timber frame homes. This allows the home to have a rustic feel, while still taking advantage the benefits of modern building materials.
Hybrid homes combine lumber based exteriors and frames with other natural elements, usually stone. More often than not, rough hewn, or natural stone is chosen for these home to accentuate the natural look of the homes while providing architectural elements unobtainable with wood alone. While many timber frames and log cabins have a stone or concrete foundation, to be considered a true hybrid the home must have alternate materials worked into the exterior walls.
In the spirit of our love of log homes of all varieties, we wanted to look at the best and most luxurious Log, Timber-Frame, and Hybrid Homes 2015 had to offer.
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Beauthaway II – Moss Creek: The gorgeous rustic feel of this hybrid home is beautiful in it’s country setting. At 3268 sq. ft., and sporting 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, this large house is easily enough to accommodate a good size family, and the attachable garage can add extra space for a workshop or vehicle storage. Designed by the independent design firm MossCreek, this home can be easily redesigned to fit the purposes of anyone interested in a new luxury home. MossCreek operates within the US, and Canada, as well as across Europe, designing custom homes and providing a large catalog of pre-designed homes.
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Beaver Creek Estate – Wisconsin Log Homes: A marvelous mansion, the Beaver Creek is one of the largest homes on our list with a total of 16312 Sq. Ft. of floor space. Designed with the purpose of making the outdoor space just as luxurious as the indoor space, this humongous home contains a number of outdoor features like several private balconies, an expansive covered porch, and an outdoor grilling station. The fully featured guest house above the garage, built in wine cooler, pool/spa, and theater make this home ideal for anyone who enjoys entertaining.
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Cascade – Precision Craft Log And Timber Homes: Coming in at 2675 Sq. Ft. of living space, the Cascade, with it’s appealing angles and gorgeous panoramic glass walls, is an excellent choice for a home with an open feel. The natural lighting and elements in the interior give the abode a rustic feel, and it’s single level, ranch style design will ensure easy access throughout the home. An attached garage adds extra space for a workshop or vehicles, and the covered porches give it an outstanding outdoor area. The huge master suite and the two extra bedrooms with shared bathroom make this a great choice for the young family looking for a large, luxury home.
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Bear Creek – Mill Creek Post & Beam Company: This home is an excellent intersection of natural and man-made materials, combining wood, hewn stone, and sheet glass into a marvelous place to live. Vaulted ceilings accent the home’s upper story, and the fully finished lower story add a ton of room, giving the total home 6449 Sq. Ft. of livable space. With 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, the size of this home alone is enough to make it a luxurious dwelling for the whole family.
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Secluded Hybrid Home – Frame and SIP panels From Texas Timber Frames: This great home with an L shape and a sheltered outdoor space is the perfect combo of indoor and outdoor luxury. Vaulted ceilings, with cut stone walls give the interior of the home a beautiful look on the inside, and the kitchen is a great fit for any country chef. Whether you are looking for a mountain lodge, or a home on the range, this log abode will get you in touch with nature while ensuring that you can enjoy all of the modern luxuries.
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The Deschuettes – Blue Ox Timber Frames: This home combines several different style elements into a beautiful hybrid design that is quite extraordinary. The interior is designed to give optimization to traffic flow within the house, while providing each room with a unique view of the land around it. A two car garage as well as a separate one car garage ensure that you will have plenty of space for all of your storage needs, and the 5401 Sq. Ft. of living space gives you more than enough room for your full family. The screened in porch also gives access to the outdoors without the drawbacks that normally come with them.
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Park City – Gravitas Inc.: This home’s beautiful 1 1/2 story design is accented beautifully by it’s lightly sloping roof, and the grand entryway ensures that anyone who visits the home will be impressed. With parking for up to 5 vehicles, a separate guest house with access to the main home, and a large open floor plan with a huge kitchen, there can be no doubt that this is the perfect place to entertain your guests.