We looked at many existing homes for sale for months. None of them had a unique character, and not many of them were ranch homes. Our home needed to be one that we could grow old together, with one-level living, wider halls and doorways, but one that was not a prolific style. So we decided on a new construction log home.
Helping our decision was a special offered by our log supplier and designer, Mountain Creations Log Homes. It was a St. Patrick’s Day special: come to our office wearing green before March 17th and you’ll get 50% off the material package costs. This seemed at the time to be a substantial savings of around $60,000. And one of their floor plan designs, The Shenango, offered three bedrooms, two baths, and one level living with a Great Room and a loft above the kitchen and dining room.
We make some adjustments to the layout, making the Great Room smaller, the Kitchen/Dining Room/Loft larger, putting the Laundry in the Master Suite instead of the basement, and swapping the wings of the Master and other two bedrooms.
While we wanted a detached garage on the same level as the living area, the cost of an additional building would be about $25,000 more. This was not a cost we could afford, so we compromised on an integral garage in the basement. The end result became the plans below: