Few house types are as old and traditional as the log house. The wooden house with its rustic, cozy appearance is still popular today – just a little more modern! Because the traditional log house usually got by without windows and was anything but high-quality in terms of energy efficiency. However, this has long since changed due to numerous innovations. Instead, it is now clear that the log house can be energy-efficient, ecological and, moreover, really stylish. If you have therefore decided to build a log house, this must first be planned. And you can do it yourself! Because with the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect you plan, visualize and design your building project in next to no time. You do not need any further previous knowledge for this. Instead, all kinds of functions and tools are available to you with our software. You can use these to draw the property and simply design the finished building on your screen according to your ideas. Thus, the ArCADia BIM 3D architect is also used in the planning of log houses.

What distinguishes log houses?

Log houses were once the practical house solution as they are made entirely of wood. Regional woods such as fir or spruce are used here. Thus, you have a refined, but robust construction and could be produced comparatively inexpensively. The log house is characterized by a few characteristic properties.

The structure is usually made of wooden strips, which are assembled crosswise. This creates thick wooden walls, which provide better protection for the interior. In the past, this robust outer wall was usually not interrupted by windows. The concern here was that the stability of the house would be affected. But that was once upon a time.

Today, log houses are usually preferred because of their rustic character. There are therefore reasons of style that people still have log houses built in this country today. Innovations in the field of architecture have played their part. That is why windows are now commonplace in wooden houses. In addition, you do not have to fear any disadvantages in terms of energy efficiency. For this purpose, insulation is integrated between the outer and inner facade. In this way, the natural character is retained and you still benefit from all the advantages of modern construction.

How to plan your log house with the ArCADia BIM 3D architect

Modern log houses convince. Because especially in the sense of ecology, wooden houses embody an environmentally friendly lifestyle. In doing so, however, they also fall back on modern and aesthetic properties and thus enrich the entire environment. If you have decided on a log cabin with this in mind, this still has to be planned. After all, the virtual planning of your construction project is the first step towards implementation. And the ArCADia BIM 3D architect will help you on the way to your dream home! Because the architecture software allows you, even as a layperson, to plan your building project extensively and flexibly. Numerous tools and functions are used that make professional planning possible in the first place.

The ArCADia BIM 3D architect was geared towards flexible and convenient planning. In this sense, the entire procedure is self-explanatory. You therefore do not need any further previous knowledge, but simply work your way step by step. So lay the first foundation stones by drawing in the floor plan. You always switch to the 3D mode, in which your building project is being constructed at the same time. This approach is particularly profitable for laypeople who lack spatial imagination. The number of functions also makes detailed planning easier, and you can easily familiarize yourself with the software. At this point we recommend a practice project in which you test the various functions.

Planning building projects with the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect is even easier. This is the case if you already have a house and it is an extension. The same applies if your architect has already created a floor plan and you are only using the software for design. You therefore have the option of simply scanning the floor plan and importing it into the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect. This processes the plan and virtually designs the building. From this point you can now make all further planning and changes. This pays off, for example, if you want to carry out a renovation or change the living concept.

Planning a log house from start to finish

With the ArCADia BIM 3D architect you plan your building project down to the last detail. This is made possible by numerous functions and tools, which is why you take over the complete construction planning with the software. So everything starts with the floor plan. Here you not only determine the dimensions, but also configure the wall thickness, for example. It also continues with the individual design of stairs, windows, doors and the like. You work your way up room by room, floor by floor. In addition, there are various elements that you can easily add to your log house with the ArCADia BIM 3D architect. This includes, for example, a cellar, terrace or carport. Once the rough construction for your log cabin is in place, you can easily design it. To do this, you can easily adapt the surface, texture and design to your liking.

The various functions enable individuality on all lines. That is why you have a roof editor at your disposal. With this you design your roof including elements such as dormers or skylights.

Design and furnish a log house

Have you drawn the log cabin of your dreams? The room layout corresponds exactly to your ideas and you would like to have it built right away? Then the only thing missing now is the individual design! Because with the ArCADia BIM 3D architect you configure all elements exactly according to your ideas. This also applies to floor coverings or wall paints. You can also set up your dream bathroom and design your kitchen right away. An extensive catalog is available for all of this, which offers you thousands of 3D objects. Various manufacturers’ catalogs can also be imported into the software. This is particularly important in the kitchen, where you can easily integrate objects from well-known kitchen manufacturers into your new log cabin.

Assess your building project in numerous presentations

Done! The log house is planned and the interior as well as the exterior view correspond exactly to your ideas. Then just settle into your new house – at least virtually. Because the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect offers you a realistic representation of your building project. Modern 3D cores are used for this, which bring the building to life. In the same way, the external conditions can be configured very easily, such as the time or the weather. For an even more real representation, the software pays attention to shadows, reflections and Co.

But you can represent the construction project even more realistically. To do this, you can easily design the surrounding landscape and the garden individually with the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect. In this way, your log house is already on the planned property and you get a better picture of your project.

For the virtual tour, you can now use both 2D and 3D modes. In this sense, the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect also enables you to take the tour, during which you can get used to your project. When it comes to demonstrating the construction project, the software can also easily create presentations.

The right version for every situation

ArCADia BIM 3D is a comprehensive system for designing and planning building projects. That is why there are additional extensions available, with which detailed planning becomes even easier. But within the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect you will already find three versions. These differ fundamentally in the degree of professionalism. In this sense, you only visualize your planned project with the cheapest package. With advanced modules you can in turn create a comprehensive plan, which is also used for the realization of the building project.

Planning a log house without an architect?

With the range of functions and possibilities with the ArCADia BIM 3D architect, the question arises as to whether an architect is still needed for the planning of your log house. The answer is: yes, an architect is always required for such building projects. With the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect, however, you enable the architect’s work to be reduced, costs saved and your personal wishes incorporated. You are therefore actively involved in the design of your new dream home.

At the same time, the plans that are produced with the ArCADia BIM 3D architect also meet German building standards and requirements according to building law. In this sense, the drawings can also be used for the building application. In the same way, you can simply import them into the professional’s software and have them professionally adapted there.