Randy and Vicki Bobowiec were married in 1973, they frequently discussed their plan for a log home in the woods. But as often happens, the dream was sidetracked by careers, children, and other practicalities — however, the thought of a rustic retreat remained alive.

Randy, a business owner in Geneva, Illinois, and Vicki, a landscape designer, had bought a family vacation home in central Wisconsin. Years later, after the Bobowiec children had grown and moved out of the house, Randy and Vicki decided to fast-track their 1973 dream. During one weekend getaway, they visited a Meadow Valley Log Homes model in nearby Mauston.

A 20-acre wooded parcel they’d bought as a building site was ideal and spurred plenty of creative ideas. The Mauston model home’s great room design appealed to Vicki — she loved the way you could see all the way through to the back yard. Vicki also wanted an open loft area to get a treetop view of the area. “I like the feeling of looking down at things once in a while,” she says.

Randy’s first request during the planning stage was a master suite on the second floor. “I know most people facing retirement want a first floor master bedroom, but I feel the public area should be on one floor and the private area should be on a separate floor,” he says. “We do have a guest bedroom on the first floor that could convert to a master suite if needed.”

His second desire was to have a central great room that served as the central “design hub” for all other rooms. Again, the Meadow Valley model had this basic plan so it was easy for the Bobowiec’s to visualize their dream.

Meadow Valley Project Manager Irv Wendland took those ideas and implemented them into action. “The Bobowiecs had defined ideas about their log home,” he says. “Our team created the log shell, and Randy oversaw the rest of the project.” The home features 9” white pine logs with a Swedish cope profile and saddle notch cornering. “That’s a very traditional look and a standard at Meadow Valley,” Wendland says.

The rest of this story, including how this home survived a fire that tore through the area, ran in the March 2008 issue of Country’s Best Log Homes.