There was a time when the word “rustic” was used to mean unrefined, artless — even backward. Those days are long gone. The term has come to embody the beauty and simplicity of nature, and in our technologically driven times, the pursuit of all things natural has become a highly sought after thing.
Today’s “New Rustic” homes are sophisticated, timeless gems that incorporate, but cleverly conceal, their high-tech features. They shine a spotlight on natural materials and organic, forward-thinking floor plans. And log home construction is in the center of it all.
New rustic designs have firm roots in classic architectural aesthetics (think Adirondack Great Camps and Swiss/German Colonials) but with a modern twist. You may recognize them when you see them, but accurately conveying the attributes that appeal to you with an architect or log home designer can be tough.
We’ve identified four of the most requested log home architectural styles to provide you with a visual dictionary of features that epitomize these types of homes. Of course, there are other log home designs, and truly your home is limited only by your imagination; however, use these basic four to get the conversation started.
One of the more commonly recognized housing styles, the Craftsman movement is uniquely American. Starting out as a rebellion against the perceived mediocrity and mass-production that was a byproduct of the Industrial Revolution, its design elements favor handcraftsmanship and natural materials.