When Susie Little told her husband Craig she wanted to move from their rural New Jersey neighborhood to a log cabin out West, he said he’d rather stay where they were.

Her response? “If you’re not going to get me a log cabin, I’ll just make my home into a log cabin.” Craig then rolled his eyes and said, “I know this is going to cost me.”

So began the Little home’s transformation from modest middle-class residence to stunning log home. While researching ideas in Country’s Best, Susie came across several companies that installed log siding — the perfect solution. She chose pine from Maibec Industries, Quebec, to side the house and straight cedar logs from her property for the front porch. Robert Peck and Jeff Baumann of Peck Building Co. were hired to install the siding and add a new kitchen and entertainment room. “[The contractors] were very meticulous and conscientious about making everything look realistic,” says Susie. “With the addition and the siding, the project took approximately eight months.”

To give the most authentic appearance, the contractors extended the corner of the siding three or four inches, filled it with cedar blocks, and stained the logs and cedar ends so it looks as if the home has a butt-and-pass corner style.

The Littles had no trouble getting permits for their unique remodel. The township considered log siding to be no different from common vinyl siding.

The transformation didn’t stop with the exterior; the entire home interior was also fashioned with log siding and accents, making it look like a true log home. “You can’t tell the difference,” says Susie. “We totally converted the house, inside and out,” right down to the log-walled hallways and the newly added loft.

Craig and Susie couldn’t be more pleased with their decision to stay on their 20-acre horse farm and remodel their home with log siding, and they’re very proud of how the project turned out. “When people come down the driveway they ask, ‘Is this a real log home?'” says Susie. While the house may be stick-built, applying log siding made it the log home Susie always dreamed of.

Editor’s note: This reader submission originally appeared in the September 2005 issue.