A Cozy Arkansas Log Cabin

There is so much to love about this cozy Arkansas cabin building. This log house is owned by a couple who needed a log house to accommodate their large family. From the moment you look at this cozy wood cabin you can't help but notice the green slate shingles that have a blue hue and an interesting hexagon pattern, they compliment the warmth of the wood perfectly. The roof shingles were pricey, but they provide that extra wow factor to the log home's exterior. Log homeowners, Walter and Diane Koon moved into the log house in March 2017, with the 4,660-square-foot log house on the banks of the Little Red River in Heber Springs, Arkansas.

It's easy to see why the couple were drawn to the immaculate 3-acre property, with its yard full of giant maple trees and the property that looks like a park. When you step inside the beautiful log house it looks like a museum, as the owners adopted a Cowboys and Indians theme. They have a glass case on the wall that holds a circle of arrowheads all of which the owner found on their farm in southern Arkansas. The owner also unearthed broken pieces of pottery, which are displayed in the home.

The log house interior design is stunning, but structurally, the most unique part of the log house is the roof system, which makes sense as the owner has a roofing company. When decking the log house, R-30 insulation was installed and another sheet of plywood over that before laying down the shingles. This building technique results in a much cooler upper level in the log house, which is important due to the 100 degree plus days that Arkansas gets each summer. Log houses tend to be warm at the top, but with good R-30 insulation between the shingles and the exposed ceiling, owners will see a huge difference.

Structurally, the log house is built using an 8-inch-diameter contour log profile that is milled from eastern white pine. The log house has two wings, which extend in the front and the back. The log cabin building is shaped like a cross, with the valleys in the roof being different but they all connect to the same ridge. The log house owner started with the standard log house called the Stonington and expanded on it, with the standard Stonington being 3,256 square feet, while the Koons’ log house is 4,664 square feet.

To accomplish this log house expansion the Stonington's rear porch was removed and reallocated so that the square footage increased the size of the kitchen and the dining room. Then the log house builders added a large gable porch on the rear out of the kitchen and the dining area to take in the Little Red River views and gave a larger space for relaxing outside. Upstairs in the log house floor plan, the bathrooms were moved and reconfigured and the reorientation of the stairs gives the log cabin building more of the grand entry. The builders made changes to suit the owner's needs.


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