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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Take a moment to review a selection of images from some of our many custom log homes and post and beam homes. While we don't sell the plans for these homes, we can certainly design a log home, a post and beam home, a timber frame home, or a conventional home inspired by any of these homes.   Simply click through the slide show and enjoy!

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Exteriors - The Balance and Proportion of Inspired Forms 

Too often, homes are designed from the floor plan up. A plan is conceived and an attempt is made to put a roof over it.  Sometimes it works, but other times the result is imbalanced, and in many cases downright problematic: oversized or undersized dormers, chimneys in the middle of valleys, roofs shedding snow into awkward areas.

By working in three dimensions from the outset, we not only work on floor plan relationships that are logical and functional, but we conceive the entire architecture of your log, post and beam, or timber home as a coherent whole. We use roof pitches that make sense for the home and the building site. We strive to balance elements in proportion with each other and with the whole. We make sure that the design not only works inside, but is inspiring to view—from all angles. We want you to be filled with gratitude and awe every time you drive up the driveway. Our goal is to create log and timber architecture that continues to inspire you for a lifetime.

 

Murphy

Interiors - Balancing Function and Creativity

Logs and timbers are blessed with their own unique character. By choosing log sizes that are proportionate to the role they are to fulfill, and by using them judiciously in interior spaces, we can design rooms that not only meet the functional needs of your family, but possess an inherent timeless beauty.

Log homes have often been criticized for being dark and uninviting inside, or for being incompatible with modern living concepts. Long ago, we set out to blow away these old myths and create log and timber interiors that have both a rustic character and a bright and contemporary feel—a style we call "rustic contemporary." Log architecture can be both timeless and flexible, traditional and eclectic. It can mix modern materials and character logs, whether it is spacious great room, an open kitchen design, or an luxurious master bathroom. Not all of the log home interiors we design are for everybody, but we make sure the log home we design for you meets your unique needs.

Blowing Rock

Post and Beam - Flexible Planning and Inspired Designs

In some ways, logs and heavy timber lend themselves most naturally to post and beam homes. The flexible floor planning and large spans they allow result in a log home architecture that truly stretch one's imagination. The often limiting geometry of simple rectangular forms gives rise to an unlimited variety of circular and and other geometric configurations in both the floor planning and the vertical execution of your home.

Blending the beauty of full round logs with more traditional timber joinery truly yields some beautiful unique forms. We have been very lucky to work with clients who celebrated us "thinking outside the box." We have even leaned walls out at angles to create unique spaces. By using logs as posts, we have been able to place one-of-a-kind character logs in special places in the home that inspire both the occupants and visitors day after day. Post and beam log and timber homes also create opportunities for trees and branches that are bent or twisted to be used in creative ways and for log artisans to truly show their craft.

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