Planning a Log Home: The Conclusion

Sixteen months ago, we presented you a series on the steps that went into planning a small log cabin in Vermont. Posts chronicled the initial program (read post) that defined the early planning stages and the evolution of the design (read post) from concept to final plan. We had always planned to show you images of the finished cabin, but could not take pictures before the winter set in. This fall we were able to have photographs taken of the cabin, so let’s take a look!

A wonderful off-grid cabin.

The outside certainly looks like a quaint cabin, with dovetail logs defining the first floor and shingle siding in the loft gables. The screen porch on the south side is the prominent feature of the rear of the cabin, and is well situated to take in the wonderful mountain views on this side of the house. As this is an off-grid cabin, the south roof also hosts the solar panels providing the cabin's electrical power. Off the main entry on the north side of the home, the bathroom has evolved quite a bit since the original sketches and now is fully featured including a shower.

A bathroom with all the amenities of home.

The home centers around the great room that defines most of the space in the cabin. A seating area is focused around an efficient woodstove that provides all of the cabin’s heat. To the rear of the seating area is the dining area, which is furnished with some of the most fantastical dining chairs we have ever seen. The kitchenette space has also evolved into almost a full-functioning kitchen, with a sink, range/oven and an efficient refrigerator.

The great room with loft above.

The bedrooms were designed to sleep 12, so bunk beds are an essential feature of the three bunk rooms. Yet each room has its own style. One of the rooms has a queen size bed below with a full-size bed up top. There are built-ins for storage at the head of the bottom bed and the risers on the steps to the upper bunk have built in storage. Another bunk room has a more utilitarian layout of four single beds.

This kitchenette is highly functional for its size.

The upstairs is a loft space with couches and chairs perfect for reading and relaxing, as well as more built-in storage space. A cute feature of the loft is the iron railing panels which depict scenes from fairytales and woodland scenes.

This bedroom has highly convenient storage in the step risers.

We hope you’ve liked this look at the completed Vermont cabin project. If you have any questions about the design and building process of a log home or cabin, contact Real Log Homes today!

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