Hello everyone! I'm new to LogHomeU, but I know I will get some great advice here!
I plan to have a small, insulated log/half-log home built on property I already own. For the past couple of years, I have been looking at floor plans, and reading everything I can get my hands on regarding energy efficiency, types of construction, heating systems and so on.
I'm having a devil of a time deciding how I want my new home to be configured, and how I want the exterior to look (roof lines, porches, decks, etc.) I chose the layout of my current home by modifying a stock house plan, but I want my next home to be more unique.
I do know which rooms I need, and how I want the basic LR/DR/Kitchen set up. I can't seem to find a single, basic floor plan that I could simply modify, that satisfactorily incorporates the other rooms. The more floor plans I look at, the more confused I get! I know what I want, but can't figure out how to most efficiently incorporate all of the pieces of the puzzle.
In your collective experience, have you
A) Used stock floor plans?
B) Modified existing plans?
C) Picked a log supplier first?
D) Selected a builder/GC first?
E) Gone straight to an architectural firm?
I'm leaning towards looking for a builder first, simply because I feel intimidated by the whole "architect" idea. Any ideas??
Any thoughts you have will be greatly appreciated!