By utilizing our in-house custom design service, you will ensure that your log home will be as unique as your personality. Big Fish Drafting has been working with Montana Log Homes since 2000. Together, we have designed and built homes throughout the country. With our average customer living outside of Montana and having limited construction knowledge, we are accustomed to corresponding over the phone and through e-mail in great detail. Put this experience to work for you and create the perfect plan.
The design process will begin upon receipt of your signed drafting contract and drafting deposit. You will need to provide to us some input as to square footage or exterior dimensions. Ideally, we are presented with a sketch of the floorplan, but that is not required. We have started with anything from a fully scaled plan on graph paper to a quick sketch, or simply a conversation over the phone. We will then work through a series of preliminary plans using a three-dimensionally based software. Even for those of you who have trouble visualizing, we can ensure that you will know exactly what your home will look like, before it is built.
Prior to the final printing of your plans, Montana Log Homes requires that the roof and loft logs be structurally engineered for your building site’s specific snow load. Typically our customers and/or their general contractor prefer to have the entire structure engineered all the way from the ridge log down to the main level floor framing and foundation footings. Since 2005 we have been working with Apex Engineering to address the structural detailing of our plans. This process guarantees that your home will stand strong for generations to come.
Once Big Fish Drafting, Montana Log Homes, Apex Engineering and most importantly, yourself, have reviewed and approved the plans, we will provide to you 5 sets of plans. These plans will include: (Click to download a PDF sample of each plan)
- Structural Notes Cover Page
- Main & Upper Level Floor Plans
- 4 Exterior Elevations
- Foundation Plan
- Main Level Floor Framing Plan
- Loft Log, Stringer & Lower Roof Plan
- Roof Purlin Plan
- Window Schedule
- Structural Details
Additional plans available at an extra cost:
- Additional Structural Details (as required by your local building department)
- Lower Level Floor Plan
- Interior Sections
- Electrical Plans
- Plumbing Plans
- Door Schedule
- 3-D Rendering Cover Page
All plans are delivered in black & white.