Log cabin kitchens and baths are the rage for a home in the woods. With their expense and critical importance to a log cabin, kitchens and baths are spaces every homeowner wants to get right.
Because design pros such as Cretens Custom Cabinetry configure layouts and specify materials and fixtures every day, they can offer solutions and ideas that might not occur to you.
Log Cabin Kitchen & Bath Budgets
Know what your log cabin kitchen and bath budget is? Good, because that number will help you make decisions throughout the design process. If you’re building a new cabin, Cretens Custom Cabinetry offers this tip: “After taking into account appliances, cabinetry, flooring, plumbing and more, I would estimate about 30% of the build budget going toward the kitchen.” Share your budget with your designer so he or she can help you make the most of it.
With their expense and critical importance to a log cabin kitchens and baths are spaces every homeowner wants to get right. A design misstep in these spaces can lead to daily annoyances at best and unsafe conditions at worst. Careful consideration of these spaces when you’re building new or renovating an existing cabin will pay off in ease of use, efficiency and comfort.
Log Cabin Kitchens Layout
One of the first decisions you’ll make concerns the size of your kitchen. If you’re renovating, you may be confined to your existing kitchen’s space. Those planning a new cabin have a bit more leeway. While there are no set rules for the best kitchen size, most cabin owners lean toward an open or partially open kitchen.
Whether you’re designing a new bathroom or planning to renovate an existing bath in your cabin, designer Jeff Cretens encourages you to consider the following questions:
- Who’s using the bath,
- When is it being used, and
- How is it being used?
Is the bath a master bath for two of you to use every day? A guest bath used infrequently by another couple? A Jack-and-Jill arrangement shared by children? Consider a common cabin space with a full bath that’s used frequently by family members and overnight guests.
Likewise, for this room, may we suggest including a larger, standalone shower and skipping the bathtub. Most guests are not going to luxuriate in a tub – and most tubs aren’t that luxurious anyways. Certainly, showers are easier to use for most people.