Murray Arnott, from Murray Arnott Design, had a great post the other day on design elements that can bring more of the outdoors into the interior of your custom log home. He graciously allowed us to post his ideas here on our blog:
Our connection to the earth is an obvious one. Yet many of us live our lives and design our homes so that we are anything but connected to nature. We might leave an air conditioned office through a underground garage, drive home in an air conditioned automobile, park in a heated garage, come into the house directly without feeling the outside air on our face, without smelling a natural fragrance. I have been very lucky in that I have lived in many homes with wonderful settings: views of gardens, forests, mountains or oceans. I work at home, with large windows opening up to beautiful maple trees and often eat my lunches under their shade. But, I too often spend an entire day inside without ever stepping into the outside air.