Log home plans evoke rustic mountain settings, where friends and family gather in front of an inviting hearth after a day at the lake or on the slopes. Icons of American recreational architecture, Log homes have evolved from single-room structures constructed by necessity from hand-hewn timbers cleared from the homesite to elaborate residences designed for beauty and enjoyment. Through the centuries, the unifying feature is the structure of interlocking timbers. Log house plans encompass everything from small cabins with rectangular footprints and simple gable roofs to elaborate cross-gabled structures with towering windows and vaulted ceilings within. On both ends of the spectrum and everywhere in between, log home plans are likely to have a significant porch, deck, or veranda, often more than one. Because they are so perfect for mountain settings, many are designed for sloping lots, with walkout basement foundations featuring additional living space or bedrooms. Interiors may be minimalist or spacious, with soaring ceilings highlighted by exposed timber trusses, but they always have a cozy feel, thanks to the warm wood walls and rustic charm.