Cowboys are part of the west where we live, and so Cowboy Log House plans are part of this backdrop as well. You may wonder, “What ingredients make a Cowboy plan?” From our experience as horse lovers, here is what we think is important…
A Cowboy Plan would need a big country kitchen complete with some very special amenities. An indoor grill for cooking steaks is a must. That flame broiled taste is reminiscent of cooking over an open fire. In a country kitchen everything needs to be very open, not cramped. Functionality instead of ‘tea cup’ appearance is the focus. There is no need for fancy features like a granite counter top. Instead good sturdy hickory cabinets, solid wood floors to endure the traffic, and of course space for an oak table to seat 8 or 10 are desired.
Another feature of a Cowboy House Plan would be a low roof line. Winds can sweep the high plains. The desire is for a log home that adds to the landscape, not interrupting it. A tall two story log home breaks above the line of the horizon and invites the west wind to collide with it. A low ranch roof line allows the wind to pass over.
My ideal Cowboy Plan would not be complicated. It would need wise covered porches. If you have ever visited a ranch then you know that there is activity from early in the morning until late at night. Porches provide a sheltered place to sit out of the noon day sun. It provides a silent partner to sit with as one watches the sun climb higher. And it provides space to lean against a rugged post as the sun sets closing another day.
A Cowboy House Plan also needs a fireplace. My ideal is not some small natural gas inset, but a real wood burning fireplace with stonework. A fireplace stands with great silent strength and can serve to reflect the burning passion of the people who live there within the log walls.