Log cabin homes are defined by their primary building material (the logs themselves). But that doesn’t mean they’re one-size-fits-all.
Today’s log homes can assume many architectural styles, from Craftsman to Ranch-style. The overarching theme or design aesthetic you choose will help determine everything from your floor plan to your furnishings.
In terms of log choice, many factors will help shape the overall look of the home, including the style, size, and texture of the logs you choose, how the logs interface, and your preferred corner style.
As you scroll through photos of different log home models and bookmark the ones you like best, you might notice a pattern in terms of your preferences.
For example, you may find yourself gravitating toward the large windows and handcrafted elements commonly found in Craftsman-style homes. Or you might prefer the rustic charm and restraint of the Adirondack style.
Some of the classic features you’ll see in many log homes include tongue and groove walls and ceilings, which add rich warmth to interior spaces. Handcrafted accents like decorative posts and beams, striking fireplace mantles, and eye-catching staircases are also popular.
One thing is certain: You’ll have lots of choices to make on your design journey. But there are no right or wrong answers. It all comes down to your needs and preferences.
The infographic below highlights five of the most popular log home architectural styles. Keep reading for ideas and inspiration, then start your search for the perfect log home design.