Log cabins have been enjoyed by Americans for literally hundreds of years and they are as loved now as they were centuries ago!
There are many traditional styles that are common in the United States, some of which have evolved into complex elite residences and others which have maintained the rustic simplicity of the past.
It is easy to find yourself intrigued and inspired by the majestic yet rugged architectural style of the Adirondacks that is commonly called Adirondack Architecture.
This unique style owes its’ origins to the Great Camps of the past that the wealthy built as mountain retreats, which were the “in thing” among high society at the time.
The intriguing and rustic “camps” were the result of building with local materials. Stones, bark, roots and burls were masterfully used on these buildings. Split, peeled or whole logs, were masterfully blended with natural granite fieldstone.
A great feature that was common among the great camps were the massive stone fireplaces that were built in huge “great rooms” with cathedral ceilings. These “great rooms” were basically huge rooms made for entertaining and relaxing in front of the fire. The great rooms usually include a huge fireplace and lots of windows with great views of the surrounding mountains and/or lakes.
MOSS-CREEK RUSTIC HOUSE PLANS
I grew up in a family of builders and have never stopped buying, selling, building or DREAMING! One of my favorite pastimes is searching the web for new ideas and beautiful designs. Sometimes I enjoy the bizarre and unrealistic designs, such as giant tree houses or elaborate boathouses. However, most of the time I enjoy researching realistic designs.
An inspiring site that I discovered that is full of realistic rustic American designs is MossCreek.net. If you are looking for inspiring ideas you might want to give their site a look. They have lots of artistically rendered plans, such as the one to the left, as well as a great photo gallery.
MossCreek is a group, from in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, that are experts in the design of rustic American architecture. In addition to having a very inspiring website they also offer their services in designing custom, unique and authentic homes.
THE ORIGINAL LINCOLN LOGS: BUILD YOUR OWN CABIN
I still remember as a young child playing for hours building great little log cabins with the infamous Lincoln Logs. I think most of you have similar memories!
These memories came back to me not too long ago as I was driving into the Adirondack town of Warrensburg and saw a beautiful log cabin that seemed somewhat out of place across from a McDonalds. My eye then went to the sign out front and I realized that was a business, the sign read: The Original Lincoln Logs.
The beautiful log cabin not only was a storefront for the manufacturing firm, but it was an example of the log cabin packages that they offer.
They also have an inspiring website that contains several package plans that include all kinds of rustic and log cabin homes, obviously including Adirondack style homes.
I don’t know about you, but I am fascinated with what are now called “tiny-houses”. My dream is to build one, not on a trailer, but on a small catamaran! …I’ll keep you posted when I finally start this project.
A tiny-house is roughly defined as a house that is less than 1,000 square ft, although most authentic tiny-houses don’t surpass 500 square ft. The idea of downsizing, simplifying and concentrating on the important things in life is very appealing to most of us and tiny-homes seem to offer the solution. If this appeals to you check out these TINY-HOUSE PLANS
Another great place to get ideas for both rustic homes and tiny-houses is Westcoasthomes.com one of my favorites is one they call WILDWOOD UNIT 80. It is definitely a tiny-house, however, the feeling of it is very “big”. Another feature that I love about it is the ingenious way that the dining room turns into a spare bedroom:
I plan on dedicating at least a few post to tiny-houses, however, here I just wanted to include the idea in this post on rustic homes. The styles of these houses are endless, however, a great number of them are rustic in style and designed for the ‘mountains’.
I was surprised to see that there are many forms of tiny houses from the past, like the one below. The house in this picture can be found in downtown Dallas among modern skyscrapers, it was built by an settler in the area long before Dallas was even a city!
I hope that this article has inspired you as much as it inspired me while writing it! Whether you are planning your house for the near future, or just dreaming about a house that you may be able to build someday, the internet is a great place to find inspiration!
There is an endless variety of houses out there, and what you come up with is only limited by your imagination, so DREAM ON!!!