2009 Country's Best Log Homes Design Awards

2009 Country's Best Log Homes Design Awards

Day in and day out, we here at Country's Best Log Homes spend our time looking at beautiful log homes. Sound like a dream job? It really is. But it's also a job we take seriously, making it our priority to bring you the most inspiring homes with personalized touches, loads of curb appeal and, most important, smart designs.

Although we strive to feature the best homes in every issue of our magazine, we thought we'd pack this, our first annual Country's Best Log Homes Design Awards, with page after page of the most stellar designs the log home industry has to offer, helping you find the champion design that's perfect for you.

From more than 80 entries, our editorial team carefully examined each submission, weighed its pros and cons, and compared it to what our readers tell us they're clamoring for: smart plans with exceptional details. With so many brilliant entries, choosing the winners was a tough challenge. In the end, we not only selected a winner in each of our 10 categories, we chose 10 additional entries that we felt deserved a nod.

Enjoy!



Best Log Home Plan Under 2,500 Square Feet
Winner:
Log Home Plan: "The Crested Butte"
2,164 square feet | by: Heritage Log & Timber Frame

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Best Log Home Plan Under 2,500 Square Feet | Heritage Log & Timber Frame | The Crested Butte
Runner-Up:
Log Home Plan: "The Dearborn"
2,499 square feet | by: Gravitas

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Runner Up: Best Log Home Plan Under 2,500 Square Feet | Gravitas | The Dearborn

Best Log Home Plan Over 2,500 Square Feet
Winner:
Log Home Plan: "The Trailside"
2,164 square feet | by: PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes

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Best Log Home Plan Over 2,500 Square Feet | The Trailside | PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes
Runner-Up:
Log Home Plan: "Nantahala"
4,467 square feet | by: Summit Handcrafted Log Homes

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Runner Up: Best Log Home Plan Over 2,500 Square Feet | Nantahala | Summit Handcrafted Log Homes

Best Single-Level Log Home Plan
Winner:
Log Home Plan: "The Westminster"
2,520 square feet | by: Expedition Log Homes

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Best Single-Level Log Home Plan | The Westminster | Expedition Log Homes
Runner-Up:
Log Home Plan: "Cascade Bay"
1,340 square feet | by: Streamline Design Ltd.

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Runner Up: Best Single-Level Log Home Plan | Cascade Bay | Streamline Design Ltd.

Best Multi-Level Log Home Plan
Winner:
Log Home Plan: "The Agostini"
5,850 square feet | by: Hearthstone, Inc. & Sellers & Company

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Best Multi-Level Log Home Plan | The Agostini | Hearthstone, Inc. & Sellers & Company
Runner-Up:
Log Home Plan "The Hidden Creek"
3,786 square feet | by: PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes

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Runner Up: Best Multi-Level Log Home Plan | The Hidden Creek | PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes

Most Creative Kitchen
Winner:
Log Home Plan:  "The Loyalty"
by: Log Homes Canada

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Most Creative Log Home Kitchen | The Loyalty | Log Homes Canada
Runner-Up:
Log Home Plan: "The Hermosa Vista"
by: PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes"

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Runner Up: Most Creative Log Home Kitchen | The Hermosa Vista | PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes

Most Creative Log Home Bathroom
Winner:
Log Home Plan: "Jones Custom Plan"
by: BK Cypress Log Homes

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Most Creative Log Home Bathroom | Jones Custom Plan | BK Cypress Log Homes
Runner-Up:
Log Home Plan: "Shaver Lake"
by: Streamline Design Ltd.

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Runner Up: Most Creative Log Home Bathroom | Shaver Lake | Streamline Design Ltd.

Best Use of Exterior Space for a Log Home
Winner:
Log Home Plan: "The Washington Harbor"
by: PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes

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Best Use of Exterior Space for a Log Home | The Washington Harbor | PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes
Runner-Up:
Log Home Plan: "Park Vista"
by: Log Homes of America

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Runner Up: Best Use of Exterior Space for a Log Home | Park Vista | Log Homes of America

Most Creative Log Home Master Bedroom Suite
Winner:
Log Home Plan: "The Rockpoint"
by: PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes

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Most Creative Log Home Master Bedroom Suite | The Rockpoint | PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes
Runner-Up:
Log Home Plan: "Perspectives"
by: Taron Design Inc.


Most Creative Log Home Staircase
Winner:
Log Home Plan: "Stark"
by: Streamline Design Ltd.

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Most Creative Log Home Staircase | Stark | Streamline Design Ltd.
Runner-Up:
Log Home Plan: "Park Vista"
by: Log Homes of America

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Runner Up: Most Creative Log Home Staircase | Park Vista | Log Homes of America

Best Environmentally Sound Log Home Design
Winner:
Log Home Plan: "The Greenville"
by: Streamline Design Ltd.

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Best Environmentally Sound Log Home Design | The Greenville | Streamline Design Ltd.
Runner-Up:
Log Home Plan: "Greenbriar"
by: Alta Log Homes

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Runner Up: Best Environmentally Sound Log Home Design | Greenbriar | Alta Log Homes




By S. Hancock on Jun 11, 2009
The designs look good but has anyone ever stopped to ask if they can be built !?

The link to the runner up under 2,500 sq, ft ( http://www.loghome.com/log_home_plan_the_dearborn_by_gravitas/articles/3019) looks great but at a glance I would say most log home professionals would agree, it can not be built. (without major settling issues that is)

If you are going to print this as the winner you should have has some input on if building is possible by anyone with knowledge of log homes and how they work.

You are a professional log home magazine?
This should be a complement, not an excuse.

By jim on Jun 20, 2009
how do you contact streamline design ltd?

By Whitney Richardson on Jun 24, 2009
S. Hancock--I certainly understand your concern. However, part of the focus of the design awards is to provide our readers with the most creative ideas available in the log-home industry. Although the plan as a whole may offer some construction challenges, such plans also offer a great deal of features that readers may feel inclined to include in their home design and may be easier or more realistic to construct. We also would hope our readers would do the due diligence we reiterate in our magazine in terms of working with their architect and/or log provider to find the best fit both for their living needs and what the property allows to ensure the best possible structure. We certainly appreciate your input as well and will take it into consideration for our contests going forward.

By Whitney Richardson on Jun 24, 2009
Jim--Streamline Design Ltd can be reached at 604-854-2966, or you can check out its web site at streamlinedesign.ca.

By Sheila on Jul 31, 2009
Hi there.
Is it possible to order a back copy of this issue? If so, can someone inform me as to how? I'd really appreciate that.
Thank you
Sheila

By Derek Hurd on Dec 10, 2009
S. Hancock,
Good point, and Iím glad you recognize the challenges of the Dearbornís construction (or any home with blended materials). This home was designed to be a Systems Built (Modular) construction home that has timber accents. There are always settling challenges with using solid wood walls. Proper detailing, log siding inside and out in leiu of full logs, and patented non settling systems for full logs are a few of the ways that the intersection of full log walls and framed walls can be addressed.
I appreciate Whitney recognizing that the design awards are about design and creativity and I appreciate that you recognize that ultimately it is about buildability as well. At Gravitas we recognize both the importance of pushing the industry forward with creative new ideas but always within the constraints of common construction practices.
Thanks for your comments.
Derek Hurd
Principal
Gravitas, Inc.
1524 W. Hays
Boise, ID 83702
www.gravitas.us
twitter.com/gravitasboise
208.367.1184


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