Things are finally starting to get back to normal around here after the big ice storm. However, Mother Nature was not done with us yet. Yesterday we experienced 20-50 MPH winds that finished off anything the ice storm weakened. I had really underestimated the amount of damage to all the trees. While headed to the barn this evening I was hard pressed to find a tree that was completely intact. I have a feeling the family is going to be roasting more than our fair share of marshmallows this spring, trying to get everything cleaned up.
Now that keeping my family warm and safe is not an immediate need, I can get back to working on the cabin. During the downtime caused by the weather, I took the opportunity to sketch out the floor plan for the cabin. The wife and I, for the most part, have always agreed on a floor plan. Sure there have been some minor changes, but only trying to cut cost or use a certain material in the construction more efficiently. In the end we always come back around to a 24’ x 36’ foot print.
Since the main focus of the cabin is for the daily rental market, making it appealing to visitors is priority one. We feel an open and spacious floor plan that gave us enough area in the great room to hold a couch, sitting chairs, fireplace and a full size pool table would be pretty appealing. Below is a picture of the main floor layout without the decks attached so I could get it to fit on the page (download full PDF here). The roof will be a pretty steep pitch and allow an additional bedroom to be constructed in the loft.
A good portion of my day job has me working on computers, so it was no surprise to my wife that I found a great little program that would allow me to not only draw the floor plans, but also put together a quick 3-D model of how the cabin would look when done. With a quick search of the internet, I came across a product called Punch! Home Design. After only a couple of hour sessions working with the software, I produced the images you see here. The software is very intuitive and I would recommend it to anyone thinking of building a log cabin or a house.
If all goes well this weekend, I am hoping to get the foundation laid out and ready to begin digging, once the ground dries a little more. We are also close to deciding on a log supplier and will post an update once one has been selected. To keep our momentum going, the wife and I will be attending the Log and Home Show in Nashville on the 28th of this month. We are looking forward to gathering more ideas and seeing what’s new in the industry.