Log home and outdoor spaces go hand in hand being a majority of log homes are built in scenic settings. In planning, most log home enthusiasts want to bring as much of the outdoors into their log home. The other side of that is outdoor space ranging from decks, porches, patios and outdoor kitchens. Uncovered decks make for great areas to take in your surroundings and relax while at your log home. Keep in mind that the deck is part of your home and needs to be accounted for in house placement so lot setbacks are followed. If the setback is 75′ from the lake that means the front of your deck will be at that 75′ point. The same for side boundaries. Some of the lake lots here in Minnesota are rather narrow and don’t leave a lot of room for decks to the side. In many cases we have built a 4′ or 6′ wide walkway from the side patio door to get to the deck on the lake side of the home. Log railings look great on a deck but can obstruct the view at times. We have replaced the log spindles with 3/4″ metal spindles to offer more viewing through the railing. Covered porches we see a lot of. They allow you to be outside on a day even when it is raining. Or, they provide plenty of shade if someone wants to be outside but not in the sun. Many of the homeowners we have built for wouldn’t be without their porch! The next step up from there is screening in that covered porch. As we all know, Minnesota has plenty of resident mosquitoes so we can screen that porch in on the sides and also put screen over the joists and under the deck boards so the bugs can’t come up from below. A screen porch expands the time spent outside considerably at certain times of the year. In planning your porch, think about furniture layout so it doesn’t end up being a cramped space. 10′ deep seems to be a good average that affords space and isn’t a budget breaker. Some will go on and end up doing a three season or four season porch as well. Three season porches usually are uninsulated and utilize storm windows rather than an all-season window. For supplemental heat some will install a small wood burning fireplace. Picture a fall day sitting in your rustic knotty pine porch with a fire crackling away! It is tough to beat to say the least.
Beyond decks and porches it seems more and more people are utilizing patios. Patios can be built with paving blocks or concrete. When concrete is being used we have seen many go with the decorative look and go with stamped patterns and colored. These are usually built to incorporate a fire pit so you can enjoy those campfires and smores. Patios are nice being they offer a level surface for lawn chairs and keep everyone out of the sand and dirt. Outdoor kitchens get asked about quite a bit lately as well. It seems people want to be outdoors here in the upper midwest as much as possible. Outdoor kitchens offer a great way to cook and entertain outside where everyone is at during the summer months while at the lake.
From the log home to your deck, porches and patios Edlund Construction can help you with it all.