Stock Plans Planning Sets

Sue | March 6th, 2021 - 9:26 pm
Stock Plans Planning Sets

Planning Sets- To help with planning your new log home, we are pleased to offer a Planning Set for any of our stock plans for $99. For $99 you receive an emailed PDF file and a permission slip granting you permission to print hard copies for planning and gathering subcontractor cost purposes. The plans can […]

Mustang Plan 996 Square Feet

Sue | February 23rd, 2016 - 6:54 am
Mustang Plan 996 Square Feet

The Mustang Plan (Please Scroll Down for Floor Plans) Click Here for Printable Version of Mustang Plan Dimensions: 24′ W x 28′ D Levels: 2 First Floor Square Footage: 672 Second Floor Square Footage: 324 TOTAL Square Footage: 996 Porches Square Footage: 624 Bedrooms: 1 + Open Loft Baths: 1 First Floor Laundry, Open Great […]

Reasons to Build New Montana Log Homes

Sue | March 13th, 2014 - 6:39 am
Reasons to Build New Montana Log Homes

If you are relocating to Montana and desire a log home there are two choices: purchase an existing log home or build a new log home. For many, moving here is a life long dream that has been saved and planned for accordingly. Buying a home is quicker than building a new one, but here […]

Wooden Doors for Log Homes

Sue | January 22nd, 2014 - 7:15 am
Wooden Doors for Log Homes

For log cabin owners the love of wood usually doesn’t end with the log walls. It resonates throughout the home touching the owner’s selection of flooring choices, cabinets, doors, and even sometimes the interior wall finishes. Some of the loveliest log homes have hardwood flooring throughout, special order or custom built hickory cabinets, wooden doors, […]

Wyoming Plan 3,346 Sq. Ft.

Sue | December 5th, 2013 - 7:03 am
Wyoming Plan 3,346 Sq. Ft.

The Wyoming Plan (Scroll Down For Floor Plan) Dimensions: 108′ W x 56′ D Levels: 2 First Floor Square Footage: 2,898 Second Floor Square Footage: 448 TOTAL Square Footage: 3,346 Garage Square Footage: 896 Porches Square Footage: 480 Bedrooms: 4 + Open Loft Baths: 2 1/2 First Floor Laundry, Pantry, Foyer, 2 Car Garage ~Designs […]

Mystic Falls Plan 3,232 Sq. Ft.

Sue | December 5th, 2013 - 6:45 am
Mystic Falls Plan 3,232 Sq. Ft.

The Mystic Falls Plan (Scroll Down for Floor Plan) Dimensions: 108′ W x 48′ D Levels: 2 First Floor Square Footage: 2,784 Second Floor Square Footage: 448 TOTAL Square Footage: 3,232 Garage Square Footage: 896 Porches Square Footage: 480 Bedrooms: 4 + Open Loft Baths: 2 1/2 First Floor Laundry, Walk in Pantry, 2 Car […]

Canadian Plan 2,894 Sq. Ft.

Sue | November 24th, 2013 - 5:24 am
Canadian Plan 2,894 Sq. Ft.

The Canadian Plan (Scroll down for Floor Plan) Dimensions: 128′ W x 56′ D Levels: 1 First Floor Square Footage: 2,894 Garage Square Footage: 784 Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2 1/2 Foyer, First Floor Laundry, 2 Car Attached Garage ~Designs only? Planning Set $99 or No Change Construction Drawings $1,447 ~ The Canadian log home design […]

Roundup Plan 2,834 Sq. Ft.

Sue | November 23rd, 2013 - 5:39 am
Roundup Plan 2,834 Sq. Ft.

The Roundup Plan (Scroll down for Floor Plan) Dimensions: 128′ W x 50’D Levels: 1 First Floor Square Footage: 2,834 Garage Square Footage: 784 Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2 1/2 First Floor Laundry, Attached 2 Car Garage ~Designs only? Planning Set $99 or No Change Construction Drawings $1,417 ~ The Roundup log home design is a […]

Log Gazebos

Sue | October 18th, 2013 - 4:11 pm
Log Gazebos

Log gazebos are features which some of the larger handcrafted log homes possess. The use of an octagonal room enhances the floor plan and allows for more design features for both the exterior and interior of the home. Log gazebos are built from the post and beam style or a square timber frame. Here we […]

Log Lodges and Commerical Log Buildings

Sue | October 17th, 2013 - 6:45 am
Log Lodges and Commerical Log Buildings

Log construction is a very versatile type of construction as is seen with commercial log buildings. Being involved with the scope of a large project the uniqueness of the logs are showcased. There are a variety of log and timber products that can be used to achieve the goal you are seeking with your structure. […]

Mule Deer Plan 600 Sq. Ft.

Sue | October 5th, 2013 - 5:22 am
Mule Deer Plan 600 Sq. Ft.

The Mule Deer Plan (Scroll Down for Floor Plan) Dimensions: 20’W x 20’D Levels: 2 First Floor Square Footage: 400 Second Floor Square Footage: 200 TOTAL Square Footage: 600 Porches Square Footage: 120 Bedrooms: Open Loft Baths: 1 ~Designs only? Planning Set $99 or No Change Construction Drawings $300~ The Mule Deer log cabin plan […]

Log Barns

Sue | February 21st, 2013 - 6:09 am

The perfect compliment to go with Cowboy Log Homes are Cowboy log barns. Other outbuildings, such as detached garages, gazebos, boat houses, shops, etc can also be built from stacked logs. For many cabin owners it is very important that all the buildings around their log home match.

Log cabin barns can range from a smaller 2 stall barn with hay storage up to a large horse stable. Other features sometimes included within a barn floor plan can be an apartment, office space, tractor and tool storage, etc. Gasoline or any tool or machine using gasoline should never be stored in a horse barn due to the fire hazard. Instead a separate shed or building should be used to house gas powered items. (Don’t forget a 4 wheeler runs on gasoline too.)

When designing a log barn it is best to start with the number of stalls you anticipate needing. A standard box stall size (very few horse owners build standing or tie stalls) is 12 x12. This allows enough room for horses of all sizes to lay down and get up freely. Overhead height is also important. A scared horse can rear up and hit its head on a barn ceiling if it is not high enough. I like a barn ceiling that has 12 foot height. The solid part of the stall wall should be at least 4 feet high. Then above the solid wood sides bars, wire, or chain link  should be installed. This keeps horses from reach out and biting each other. The doors of the horse stalls can be either siding doors or hinged doors. This small log barn above is shown with two Dutch doors.

When a log barn has a center aisle traveling from the front of the barn to the back, the box stalls open into the aisle. The door ways of the stalls should be about 4 feet wide. One caution is to make sure that the tracking the rollers are hung from is not lower that the height of the barn ceiling. If the ceiling is 12 feet high then the frame of the door should extend up as high as possible and the rollers mounted high over head near the ceiling. There are two reasons for this. A horse can rear when they go through the door way. If the doorway is low then the horse is more likely to hit its pole (nerve center between their ears) on the top of the door frame. The second reason is sometimes if a rider rides the horse into the barn the horse may dive into a stall with the rider on its back. If the stall door height is lower than the ceiling the rider can hit themselves on the top of the doorway frame and get hurt.

Log barn aisles should be anywhere from 12 to 16 feet wide. This allows for easy access for a tractor pulling a manure spreader. Also this allows for young horses to be ridden up and down the barn aisle when they are first being trained.

A nice addition to a barn is a run-in shed on the side. When run-in sheds are available for the horses then there does not need to be as many box stalls. Most horses do very well turned out with other horses. Having the run in shed allows them to get in out of the weather but also freely go back out. A good size for a run-in shed depends on how many horses you plan to use it for. If you have a 6 stall barn with a center aisle, then the barn is probably 36 feet long. A shed roof can be extended off of the length of one side of the barn providing a shed that is 36 feet long and 8 to 12 feet deep. Also open sheds are easily cleaned with the use of a tractor with a front end loader or a skidsteer.

Our log barn kits are very similar to a log home kit. The package can be purchased as either just a log shell or as a full dryin package. The 8 inch milled log size is the most economic. To help protect the logs it is wise to extend the footer up to provide a cement knee wall of anywhere from 12 to 24 inches above the soil line. On the interior of the barn the box stalls should be lined with either thick plywood or wood planks. Rough saw wood planks work well. Any type of fruit wood should always be avoided as it can be toxic to horses.

Log horse barns can also come equipped with a heated tack room, wash stall, feed room, and even a vet area. If possible it is better to keep the feed room separate from the feed area, even if it is just partitioned off by a wall. This helps to keep any mice, etc from being attracted into the same area were the bridles, saddles, horse blankets, etc are stored and causing subsequent damage.

Log barns are a rustic choice which accent a log home, instead of distracting from it. A log barn can be built of stacked logs or as a framed structure or pole building with log accents. To match the home log siding can be installed on the outside of the barn. Log corner posts can be added. We have even added little log tails to the end of the peak of the gable and intermediate out riggers to give the feel of a log ridge beam without the expense. We are happy to design any log barn floor plan. We have many years of experience in the horse industry as well as with log homes.

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How Durable Are Handcrafted Log Homes?

Sue | September 26th, 2012 - 3:29 pm
How Durable Are Handcrafted Log Homes?

When making the investment of a handcrafted home an appropriate question is, “How durable are handcrafted log homes?” How would you feel with an answer of, “Over 100 years old!”  Yes, log homes have much longevity, especially when cared for. The best example I can think of to prove this point is the Old Faithful […]

Two Uses For A One Room Log Cabin

Sue | February 26th, 2012 - 2:18 pm
Two Uses For A One Room Log Cabin

When I see the words “One Room Log Cabin” a picture of the cabin Abraham Lincoln was born in. Today most of our cabins are a good bit bigger than that humble beginning of a great man. There are actually two uses for a one room cabin that come to mind, one use is for […]

Log Lodges

Sue | February 25th, 2012 - 1:52 pm
Log Lodges

Log lodges are any that are built from log or timber materials. Then there are several smaller log building for rentals. The log lodges should have at least one large solid log building with an impressive design. The other building are set back further from the road and back up to the Gallatin River behind.  […]