When designing your log cabin, learning about basic log home floor plans can give you ideas on what rooms are essential, and which ones you can do without. Log cabins can have one single room, while others have as many as eleven separate rooms.
A classic log cabin has an A-frame. This means that the shape of the cabin is like that of typical children's drawings of houses, it has a roof that slants and forms the letter “a.” The A-frame often allows for a wrap-around porch on the cabin, since the roof of the cabin extends outwards enough to cover a small porch area. Most log cabins still follow this shape, though some larger ones cannot because of the size of the roof. Underneath the A-frame, the floor plan or lay-out of the cabin is up to the cabin owner.
As you might have already read, traditional log cabins were one-story structures which sometimes had a mezzanine or loft for sleeping. In the beginning, the downstairs area was one large room with a kitchen, eating area and sitting area. The bathroom was an outhouse and laundry was done outside. Later on, interior walls or partitions were made to segregate the spaces on the main floor and indoor plumbing was introduced. Despite these developments, most modern log cabins still have a grand room or a large room which you walk into and in which many activities are done.
Modern log cabins often have two-stories. Still following the A-frame, these cabins tend to have a grand room with a high ceiling, since the frame gives the house the option. The grand room is located on the first floor. It is often used as a living room, TV room, and game room. On the same floor, the kitchen and dining area are also located, as well as the laundry area and a bathroom. Often, the master bedroom is also on this ground level.
The second floor is often much simpler, only containing bedrooms and bathrooms. Usually you will find two bedrooms and maybe a storage cabinet. Naturally, larger cabins can add more sections than the ones already mentioned. Some log homes have dens, game rooms, dining rooms, basements, and helpers quarters.
Remember that the original log cabins, the first ones ever built, followed basic log home floor plans, and they simply designed and made innovations from that basic idea. Creating your own floor plan for a log cabin is quite easily done. You simply have to choose the spaces you want to section off and how large these spaces are going to be. Some companies let you customize a floor plan, though most of them have a lot of pre-drawn plans you can choose from.