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See The Jerry Rouleau Award Winners of 2023

Awarded by the National Association of Home Builders for their exceptional approach to design, these three timber home plans have risen above the rest.


Each year, Log & Timber Homes Council members, as well as designers and builders at large, vie to have their latest and greatest home designs recognized by a panel of independent, expert judges. This year, six outstanding log and timber home plans made the grade, walking away with the coveted “Jerry Rouleau Awards for Excellence in Home Design” prize. We’re honored to showcase the three timber home winners exclusively for you.


2,000 – 3,000 square feet: The Tributary Residence by PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes

Square Footage: 2,100

Bedrooms: 3

Baths: 3 full, 1 half

Their goal: The challenge for this project was designing an architecturally interesting, livable plan inside a 2,000-square-foot space. The modern lines mix with timber framing, stone and rustic siding to create a contemporary cabin that connects with the landscape, but the star of this home is the layout. The creative footprint allows for three bedrooms, an open common area and the perfect positioning to extend the living space out to a patio.

Our take: From above, the single-level plan vaguely resembles the number “1,” so it comes as no shock that the judges found it first-rate as well. We love the how smart connectivity between the spaces affords privacy yet flows logically from room to room — even extending to the outdoor living areas. No space goes to waste here; a key achievement in a smaller-scale home.

3,001 – 4,000 Square Feet: The Big Sky Residence by PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes

Square Footage: 3,219

Bedrooms: 4

Baths: 3 full, 1 half

Their goal: The modern timber home flows perfectly with the slope of the lot, which looks out across the valley below. The main level uses the covered deck as a natural extension of the rest of the layout and is accessible from several points: an accordion door next to the dining room, French doors from the living room and another door from the primary suite. The staircase tower (a huge space saver) leads down to the walk-out basement, which includes three guest bedrooms of its own. The home was built using structural insulated panels (SIPs) and timber framing for an energy-efficient envelope that will keep the home comfortable in every season, while geometric timber framing with steel accents creates a striking profile amongst the Montana mountains.

Our take: Designing for a steep, sloping lot is always a challenge, and this plan is a masterclass in how to design for this terrain. For starters, the exterior is a perfect complement to the mountainous locale, but moving inside, you get the full picture of its intention. The main level is self-sufficient for a couple looking for a forever home; while down below, the basement is a place the grandkids will beg to visit. An abundance of storage, from dual walk-in closets in the primary bedroom to the enormous kitchen pantry, round out a well-planned house.

4,000+ square feet: The Van De Kamp Residence by Riverbend Timber Framing

Square Footage: 4,236

Bedrooms: 5 

Baths: 3 full, 2 half

Their goal: This timber-frame home was designed to take full advantage of the owner’s lakefront property. Their dream home spans three levels and includes expansive outdoor living space. The beauty of custom timber framing was a key design feature that allows for open living spaces with a warm natural feel and has a lot of exciting rooms and features that the family will enjoy, including: a home gym, a large mud/laundry room and a three-story fireplace. To top it off, the structure boasts insulated concrete forms (ICFs) and structural insulated panels (SIPs) for maximum comfort and energy efficiency.

Our take: It’s not often we come across a plan that can elevate even the most luxurious of layouts, but the Van De Kamp found a way. An upper level that’s entirely dedicated to the owners’ comfort (including a nearly 150-square-foot walk-in closet and a bonus room)? Yes, please. But the main floor shines with its own personalized features, like the boot room, a kitchen island that can seat eight with ease and a dual-sided fireplace. The lower-level rec room and home gym round out a family compound you may never want to leave.

See the three log home plan winners on loghome.com!

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