One-Story Floor Plans

A home built all on one level is now a priority for many people building a new home. While a tall skinny or a multi-level home may have worked for younger families, today’s homeowners are finding that one story construction provides far greater flexibility on how spaces adapt over time and how accessible a whole home remains as people age in place.

“While building up (or down for a basement) may be more affordable than out, people of all ages soon find stairs as tedious,” said Josh Beasley, president of Honest Abe Log Homes. “A smartly designed single story home avoids stairs that could become an obstacle in later stages of life or even during an unexpected injury.”

Beasley said Honest Abe is seeing more families with children building primary homes than in the past when many log cabins or timber frame homes were built for vacations or as a second home.

“Building a dream home in retirement has been the goal of many, but younger couples are realizing they want to provide their kids with the environment and atmosphere that a log and timber home provides,” Beasley said. “For that reason, they’re adjusting what their dream looks like, choosing to trade out size and amenities for building a home now that their family can create memories in. They’ve realized that when the kids move out, it’s too late.”

Dovecreek Log Home Plan

Bedrooms: 2 • Bath: 2.0 • Square Footage: 4,050 • Floors: 1


The Dovecreek is among Honest Abe’s most luxurious standard plans, and it can be easily modified for a homeowner’s specific needs. The one-story 4,050-square-foot plan has an attached garage, an open patio and deck with room for a swimming pool and a covered, recessed front porch.

The great room has a cathedral ceiling, a wall of windows in the two-story gable end and an internal fireplace with a two-story chimney. This room flows into an open kitchen and dining room. There’s a separate bedroom with a full bath. The snack room, utility room and full bath open onto the deck creating a convenient “pool house.”

Also opening onto the deck is a cathedral-ceilinged master bedroom with a walk-in closet, luxury bath and an additional dressing room. A full-size exercise room and separate office are additional amenities.

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Avalon Log Home Plan

Bedrooms: 4 • Bath: 3 • Square Footage: 3,575 • Floors: 1


The one story 3,575 SF Avalon floor plan offers a downstairs master bedroom suite with a luxury bath, an open kitchen/breakfast nook and sitting room with a vaulted ceiling. There’s a private study, an exercise room and a full bath serving three additional bedrooms. To the rear is a separate great room with patio doors opening onto the ¾ wrap-around deck. Any Honest Abe floor plan can be created as a log, timber frame or hybrid home and customized.

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Pinebluff Log Home Plan

Bedrooms: 3 • Bath: 2 • Square Footage: 2,840 • Floors: 1


The Pinebluff is a luxurious 2,840-square-foot home on one floor with spaces for outdoor living as well as a traditional interior layout. There’s a large kitchen with an island and breakfast nook as and a separate dining room, The master bedroom has a walk-in closet, luxury bath and a fireplace. Two additional bedrooms are served by a second full bath. The great room has a cathedral ceiling and a fireplace. Both the master suite and great room open onto a deck with a central covered porch area under a heavy timber roof. A mudroom attaches the two-car garage to the main house. Nestled between the kitchen and the garage is a screened porch with ample room for serving meals or just relaxing.

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Spiritwood Log Home Plan

Bedrooms: 2 • Bathrooms:2 • Square Footage: 2,984 • Floors: 1


The Spiritwood has room to spare. This rambling home is a definite people-pleaser. Luxurious master bath, walk-in closets, large living room with a central fireplace. What more could you ask for? How about a two-car garage with a breezeway for those snowy mornings? Now that’s living.

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