CREATING YOUR FLOOR PLAN
How We Design Your Custom Log Home
On this page, learn our process for designing and engineering your custom log or timber home, barn, or shade structure. Our California log home experts start with developing a 3-D model, which ensures that your structure made from log or timber will look exactly as you have envisioned it.
After we have put together the 3-D model, an engineer from Sierra Log & Timber structurally designs the plans based on the building site. This ensures that you will be able to obtain a building permit for your project and that your home will stay safe and weathertight. We proudly engineer every home we design so you can feel confident your home is designed right and designed to last!
There are three parts to the process we take in creating a floor plan: Design, Engineering, and Building Plans. We'll break each of these phases down in detail.
Step 1: Design
Realistic 3-D Models of Your Log or Timber Structure
We develop the building's layout from the ground up based on your use and style requirements. Then we model your building with the desired specifications. For example, if it is a home, we model it with the preferred log and/or siding for the walls, gable, and dormers—if it is a barn, we model the type of barn you have planned such as a Monitor, Gambrel, or Ranch. This process produces 3-D photo realistic images that we then share with you. We also create 2-D drafting images or “line drawings” of the elevations and layout so you have a complete understanding of what your structure will looks like and how it will be laid out.
We start the design process with a “design retainer" fee that is credited toward the engineered set of plans. The actual fee is based on the size and intensity of the design desired. It ranges from $500 to $3500. The actual fee for your project will be listed on your proposal.
Sample 3-D Photo Realistic Design Images
Step 2: Engineering
Our Engineers Help You Obtain Your Building Permit
The next step is engineering your home, barn, or shade structure for your site-specific requirements of roof snow load, wind load and seismic load. This phase is critical in order for the building to stand strong and safe for the long run.
An engineer from our team who is registered in your state performs all of the engineering from the foundation to the roof, creating a booklet of calculations. Elements of the booklet are transferred into the floor plans so the plans reflect the engineering requirements.
The engineer then stamps the plans and stands behind them. The plans and the booklet are then submitted into your county jurisdiction in order for you to obtain your permit.
Step 3: Building Plans
Receive Your Custom Building Plans!
And now the final step: Your building plans. These plans are the conclusion of your design and the structural engineering. These are the elements or pages our plans include, making your plans ready for you to submit into your county to obtain a building permit:
Notes – Structural & non-structural
Details – Structural & non-structural
Floor plan layout – All floors
Elevations – All four sides
Cross sections – At least one
Foundation plan – Structural
Floor Framing – Structural (main floor, loft floor & deck framing)
Roof Framing – Structural (main & porch roof)
Engineering – Structural booklet, stamped for your specific state
Blueprinting & printing – Blueprinting and shipping during the building permit process always yielding five sets of plans and a PDF digital copy
Energy calculations – California only and potentially optional for other states
Site plan – Optional (approximate cost is between $250 to $500)
Gas piping plan – Optional (approximate cost is between $250 to $500)
Solar & off-grid systems – Our team does not design these systems, but we can help you discuss your options so you are fully informed!