My Idea Notebook goes everywhere that I go! It usually stays in the car, but I always have it handy should I need a measurement, a color, or a description for someone who’s helping us make this home a reality — such as a bank lender, blueprint designer, or cabinet installer. Or, if my friends & relatives have a question or make a suggestion on the fly, then I just grab the Idea Notebook and add it to my collection of great ideas.
See standard Shower sizes & dimensions, Toilet sizes & space requirements, bathroom Sink spacing issues, Tub placement & sizes, and overall Bathroom Room Sizes for a full bath, small bath, half bath, and water closet / powder room. Plus, ADA bathroom requirements and online tools to save time & money designing a bathroom.
If money were no object, which posh amenities would be on your wish list? Here are the things that Jim & I have talked about including in our dream home…
Without a doubt, our log home will be more like a bungalow with some interesting angles, curves & unique hardware, rather than purely straight lines and squares. But it wasn’t until we started fine-tuning the details like a big wooden speakeasy door with a dentil shelf — Arts & Crafts; prairie style windows — Craftsman; tapered columns and wide steps on the porches — bungalow that we even realized we were gravitating toward the Craftsman style of home architecture and decor which encompasses all of these things, and more.
Some tips for deciding on the right log home floorplan for you… based on your family’s wants and needs, as well as how your family plans to utilize the spaces within your home.
If you are considering meeting with an Interior Designer, to help you fine-tune the details and features that you plan to build into your new home, here are a few things that we’ve learned along the way…
You can modify anything at any point in time — from the basic floorplans you find on your own to the final set of blueprints that you and a designer create together. However, after you get so far along in the process, there are likely to be fees or significant costs to modify a set of blueprints. Here are the steps we went through to design our custom log home.
Have you given any thought to just how long those things that you’re installing are going to last? I have. Recently the National Association of Home Builders — NAHB — shed some light on the life expectancy of common components inside a home. Have a look…
Who knew something so simple as the placement of the toilet could be so difficult? …Not me!
One way to use this is as an ‘idea list’… to help you weigh out the pro’s and con’s of various bathroom features in order to ultimately determine your own ‘wants’ and ‘needs’ list for your own master bathroom. Another way you could use this list is to think of these things as some of the most often overlooked items in master bathrooms.
The carpet outlet itself actually features 4 different major interior stores — side by side — for a total of 750,000 square feet of showroom! This means you have a wide selection of flooring, furniture, and home products right at your fingertips. My favorites are: Carpets of Dalton and the Designer Dream Home. Here are highlights…
Here’s how we ultimately designed our log home: We started with a list of things we knew we WANTED… and a list of features we knew we NEEDED in our next home. We whittled the list down to our top things, and we incorporated those things in our log home design.
when we were in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for the Log Home and Timber Frame Show, we stopped by their showroom. Here are the best things about Rocky Top Log Furniture & Railing, including our favorite pieces of furniture from them.