Log houses have been around for a long, long time. They are built off long timber poles that are horizontally stacked and interlocked in the corners. The log house (or log cabin) is a traditional structure in some northern and mountain regions where straight pine trees grow and do not require much processing. Log cabins are usually built in forest and rural areas where they fit in the scenery and blend in with the setting. They can vary in size and design, but they all typically have a steep pitched roof.
Log homes can be built with round or square shaped wood logs that are either handcrafted, or milled. Handcrafted wood is peeled and hewn using a knife and an axe, and the individual elements are not consistent in size and appearance. Milled logs on the other hand are all equal in shape and size, and can be used to construct log homes with a cleaner and more modern look. They also come in a large variety of profile shapes. They can be flat and square, fully round or D-shaped so that they are round on the outside and flat on the inside.
The interior of a log home should be in tune with its exterior. That is why the log walls are usually left as they are – bare wood in its natural shape and no extra treatment is required except in rooms with high humidity levels. Unconcealed support beams are always good to have in a log home interior; as for hardwood floors and timber-clad ceilings, they are a must. When it comes to putting the finishing touches and sprucing up the space, hand-crafted items and natural materials should be opted for.
Now check out our gallery where you can find a fine selection of luxurious exterior and interior log home design proposals.
Here is a tiny log cabin built in a picturesque forest area overlooking a peaceful lake. The abundant use of natural materials in the exterior of this house really helps it blend in with the setting.
This house is fascinating. It features a stone foundation, log exterior and pitched roofs. With a large lake in the front and a thick forest in the back it makes the best vacation retreat – a cozy place in the middle of nowhere.
The interior of a log house should match its exterior. This little bathroom is a great example of how to achieve the perfect harmony in a pretty simple way – just keep the log walls exposed and incorporate a little solid wood in the furniture design, as well.
This log house sits on top of a hill with a steep driveway leading to its garage and open stairs going up to the main entrance. With balconies on different levels and different sides this home offers great views in all directions.
This log house features complex architecture with plenty of pitched roofs and open balconies. Large glass fronts are also available for great views of the surrounding area. With some basic landscaping to match the local environment, this cabin fits right in the setting.
There is no better place for a log cabin than a mountain area with a pine forest. Built from stone and wood, this house is right where it belongs. The most memorable features of it are the pitched roof support logs that have a nice decorative appeal.
Here is another log house in a forest area. The design features a stone base, an all-wood top floor and pitched roofs. Bay windows that project outwards all over the house are the best design element that insures a great view out from anywhere within.
This bedroom looks warm and cozy with not just the floors, but also walls and ceiling set in wood. Keeping it simple is the way to go in the interior decorating of this space.
The interior of this bathroom is all wood – round logs for the walls and flat planks for the floor and ceiling. Only the back of the shower cabin is finished in bathroom tiles to protect the wood from water damage.
Here is another log house interior design. Not surprisingly, wood is the number one choice of material here. A handcrafted bed and bedside table make a great focal point in the middle of the room.
This log house is a cozy vacation home. It features a large elevated front porch with some convenient storage space underneath. All the firewood that can be stacked there ought to keep you warm throughout the winter season.
This large open concept interior space accommodates a kitchen, dining and sitting areas where the whole family can spend some quality time together. Vaulted ceilings, wood finishes and simple furnishings make this room particularly nice and cozy.
Here is a not so traditional log house. With a rather extravagant design, it features a peculiar main entrance and a steep pitched roof with cute little dormers in it. Way to interpret the concept of a log home!
This dining room area is spectacular. It features a large dining table with chairs and a breakfast counter with bar stools. All the furniture is handmade from natural materials and therefore unique in their design.
This large wood cabin is built from handcrafted round logs. The architectural design features a symmetrical exterior facade with lots of balconies neatly fitted under a sloped roof.
If you are looking for a contemporary log house design, look no further. Traditional meets modern in this take on log house architecture and the result is astonishing – a sleek and cozy home with large balconies and extensive glass fronts.
This bedroom space features vaulted ceilings, exposed wood beams and lots of sunlight coming through the windows. The furnishings include a large handcrafted bed and wood trunk bedside tables. Track lighting on the ceiling is a modern add-on to a traditional log house interior.
This log home interior design inspires a sense of comfort and warmth. The whole living space is large and with an open concept plan that accommodates a kitchen, dining and living room areas, as well as a wood staircase to an upper floor.
This open concept living area features hardwood floors, round log walls and a timber clad ceiling with exposed support beams. The furnishings are with a simple traditional look that befits a log house interior.
Traditional cabinetry goes best with a log home kitchen interior. This cozy cooking corner features lots of work surface, plenty of storage space and a large island. Modern appliances are also available to guarantee the best cooking experience.
A green front lawn and a pine forest in the backyard is a dream come true in this design proposal. The house itself is also remarkable – with an elevated front porch, pitched roofs and round log exterior.
Here is a tiny cabin in the woods made of handcrafted logs with irregular shapes. The house has a porch on one side, a steep pitched roof and solid wood covers on the windows.
This log house has a great curb appeal undoubtedly. The landscape design features a paved walkway and lush greenery. There is also a front porch that accommodates some comfortable seating options under a pitched roof.
This log cabin is built atop a hill in a rural area. It has two storeys with balconies on both of them. The general architectural design is with a traditional appeal that abides by the rules of symmetry.
A wood villa with a pitched tiled roof looks beautiful when surrounded by greenery and blooming plants. The front porch with flower planters on the railing is a nice element that gives a warm welcome to both inhabitants and visitors.
This large house with pitched roofs sits on a brick platform. It has lots of balconies, plenty of windows and a wide glass front for great views of the surrounding area. The exterior walls and balcony railings are all constructed with round logs.
This living room accommodates a cozy sitting area furnished with a sofa and armchairs by a stone-clad fireplace. The room also features hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings with exposed beams, and large windows with a nice view out.
A large stone-clad fireplace adds a certain level of comfort and warmth in a living room. With wood logs on the walls, hardwood floors and timber ceilings this family space is extra cozy and welcoming.
Handcrafted furniture with a rough look is the best for a log home interior space. This dining set with a table and chairs is right where it belongs. With a spectacular antler chandelier to hang over it, it makes a great focal point, as well.
This large space has vaulted ceilings and an open concept floor plan with a staircase leading to an upper level. The extensive use of natural materials such as stone and wood make this room feel warm and cozy.
This stunning double-height living room features an upstairs gallery that oversees the whole space. The design incorporates natural materials and unrefined elements to create a one of a kind handcrafted look.
Here is another home with an open concept floor plan. It features a small kitchen corner and a dining area by the windows. All structural elements – round log walls and beams, are left exposed so the design feels truly authentic.
This log house kitchen is L-shaped and with an island counter in the middle. The kitchen cabinetry is made of pine wood with granite countertops. It has a traditional appeal that inspires a warm homely feel.
This kitchen features a granite island counter with a cooking range and seating area. A deer antler chandelier that hangs over the island counter makes a nice focal point and puts the finishing touch to a great traditional design.
Handcrafted log furniture is an excellent choice for a log home interior. It has this simple inexpensive look that inspires a true feeling of comfort and warmth. Take a look at this bedroom design idea and see for yourself.
This living room has a hardwood floor and a matching timber clad ceiling with exposed wood beams. The large stone clad fireplace with window seats beside it is another great feature in this design.
This living room space features hardwood floors, wood wall siding and timber clad vaulted ceilings. Among all this wood, one element truly pops out – the large brick fireplace in the corner is eye-catching and a great focal point.
This log cabin is built with milled logs that are all even in size and with a regular appearance. The house features a timber staircase that leads to an upper level balcony, and a steep gable roof that is laid with roof shingles.
Log houses are usually simple structures with a not so much of a sophisticated appearance. This one right here however is fascinating with its architectural complexity and fabulous design features such as steep pitched roofs and fieldstone chimneys.
This log cottage is the epitome of rural idyll. The whole setting is so quiet and peaceful, and the surrounding landscape is so lush and green that is makes you dream about the simple life in the country.
This simple wood cabin is with a shabby appearance but is there more to want from your little vacation home in the woods? This one has a large covered front porch and gable roof, as well as a large front lawn and a whole forest on all sides.
Here is a tiny home in an open field. The house is built of square-profiled logs and has a tiled gable roof. It also features lots of large windows and French doors.
A simple design is the best way to ensure good functionality in a home. This neat single-storey bungalow is made of square pine wood logs with an orangey surface color. The roof is pitched and laid with red roof tiles.
Here is another tiny log lodge. It is with a basic rectangular footprint and a casual pitched roof. The structure is built with round-profiled logs and the roof is laid with lightweight red metal tiles.
This log home bathroom features a built-in tub with a view. To give you a sense of more privacy, the window can be covered with a curtain when necessary. The vanity counter has a built-in sink and a cute round mirror with lighting.
This casual bungalow has a simple square floor plan that fits all rooms plus a one car garage on one end. The house is made of round logs and has a pitched shingle roof.
Here is a large log house with plenty of living space on the inside. Its architectural design is pretty complex featuring a large variety of volumes, pitched roofs and open balconies. Lots of windows are also available for great views in all directions.
This two-storey house is built in close proximity to a blue lake and has a great panoramic view at its surroundings. It has a gable roof, lots of windows and a large covered balcony that oversees the nearby lake.
Here is a sitting corner in a wood log villa. A comfortable armchair is always a great place to sit down and relax for a while. This one features a decorative animal print that is not only fun, but also corresponds to the general feel of the home.
This master bedroom looks neat and warm. It has a carpeted floor, round log walls, unconcealed wood beams, timber clad ceiling and a nice focal point in the form a stone clad fireplace.
This log home has a square floor plan and round-profiled log walls. The roof is pitched and laid with red terracotta tiles. The best feature of this home is the open front porch where you can have an outdoor sitting space.
This loft space makes a nice sitting area with a couple of rocking chairs and a great view through a large window. It also has soft carpeting, round log walls and a timber-clad vaulted ceiling.