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Waterfront Log Homes

  1. The home includes a wraparound porch that covers two-thirds of the exterior. Outdoor flush-mount lighting helps illuminate the space.

    Lakefront Log Home: A Step-by-Step Guide

    How a log-home dream became a lakefront retirement reality

  2. “This cabin design has a 24-foot-wide prow front extending 4 feet beyond the standard corners of the building,” states Bryan Kerby, president of Northwoods Log Homes. The great room is designed with two 24-foot cross-ties within the exposed structural roof system.

    Crowd Pleaser: Lakefront Vacation Retreat

    One Wisconsin couple eagerly looks forward to enjoying their Northwoods vacation log home with friends and family.

  3. The home features Appalachian-style flat logs with dovetail corners and 4-inch chink joints. The logs are cut up to 40 feet long, a design feature that eliminates leaks in the log system and cuts down on long-term maintenance.

    Low-Maintenance Lakeside Cabin

    A lakeside cabin emits a low-key ambience through low-maintenance building materials and an open, casual design.

  4. Western red cedar shingles sound a note of warmth and sustainability, and they also are respectful of the region’s historic character. A charcoal-colored metal roof mimics the style of local farmhouses. “We tried to be consistent to the aesthetic of traditional building materials even though it’s a very modern home,” explains Paul.

    A Canadian Post-and-Beam Cabin

    A secluded post-and-beam retreat on Canada’s Prince Edward Island is all about the tranquility of the sea.

  5. Front Entrance

    Winning Effort: An Adirondack-Inspired Lakefront Home

    An Adirondack-Inspired Lakeside Home

  6. Michigan log home landscaping

    Cozy on a Grand Scale: A Lodge-Style Log Retreat in Michigan

    A Michigan couple creates a lodge retreat so the whole family can gather in comfort.

  7. Ontario Lakeside Cabin

    The Right Angle: A Lakefront Cabin in Ontario

    One designer uses a simple, staggered cabin plan on a challenging triangular lakefront lot.

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    Trading Spaces: A Lakefront Wisconsin Cabin

    Wisconsin empty nesters downshift from a large city abode to a cozy cabin by the lake.

  9. A series of stairs leads to the various levels of the property and eventually to Douglas Lake, where the Pfendler family spends their summer vacations engaged in boating, fishing, swimming, motorcycling and just plain relaxing. Dormers, a shed roof over a portion of the covered porch, and the extended eave over the windowed gable in the living room add to the magnificent architectural appeal of this Hearthstone home. Split-faced cinderblock used for the foundation is cost-effective and can be painted.

    Great Escape: A Tennessee Vacation Log Home

    A Tennessee vacation home provides a couple with a respite from the Florida heat and plenty of room for grandchildren.

  10. Visitors immediately feel as if they’ve stepped back in time when they walk up to the Hincheys’ front door, thanks to traditional-style chinking and a classic Adirondack chair made by local craftsman John Brake. A weathered log makes a perfect side table for morning coffee.

    The Waiting Game: Montana Lakeside Cabin

    After years of waiting for the perfect property, a Montana couple is finally able to enjoy the lakefront cabin they always wanted.

  11. The Davises worked hard to design a log cabin with a distinctly modern aesthetic. They accomplished this on the exterior by mixing rustic materials, like Western Red Cedar logs and mossy mountain stone, with the more modern stainless steel of the roof and siding, and glass panes between the sloped roof and log structure. "At night, when the lights are on inside the cabin, it's almost like this roof is this floating plain," says Scott.

    Rustic, Meet Modern: Cozy Wisconsin Lakeside Cabin

    One Wisconsin couple creates a vacation retreat that is the perfect marriage of contemporary and rustic design.

  12. The foundation of the home, including the walk-out basement, is lined in Cultured Stone.

    Back to Basics: A Lakeside Log Home in Wisconsin

    A Wisconsin real-estate developer creates a laid-back lakeside community — and a stunning log home to boot.

  13. Multicolored flagstone forms the walk leading to the entry, along with shredded bark, pea-sized gravel and rugged rocks lining the man-made creek.

    Logs Make the Difference: A Waterfront Retreat in Wisconsin

    A Wisconsin lakeside home is the owners’ dream come true.

  14. Spacious outdoor living areas, including a gazebo, deck and porch lure the homeowners outside to enjoy their lush landscaping and lake views.

    Updating a Classic Log Cabin in Maryland

    A sharply pitched roof and a prow front allow for a living room with a soaring vaulted ceiling and large glass windows in this 1,300-square-foot updated log cabin.

  15. Custom Crafted Lakefront Cabin Exterior

    Custom Crafted Lakefront Log Home

    Making a cabin fit its special site can mean altering a company’s stock plans or creating a plan from scratch. That kind of flexibility is common with log construction.

  16. From the lake, the home's full height is visible, while from the street, it appears low-slung.

    Timber Home in the Catskills is a Masterpiece of Craftsmanship

    The natural beauty just outside this home's expansive windows is matched by the gorgeous wood framing and trim inside. From the curb it presents a low facade, but on the water side it uses large windows and a cathedral ceiling to take advantage of the views.

  17. Lakeside Log Cabin Exterior

    By the Water’s Edge: Lakeside Log Cabin

    1867 Confederation Log Homes builds a cabin to capture lake views

  18. Stone pavers form the walkway from the home to the lakefront. Although the fire pit was an afterthought, the Walsh family spends hours there enjoying the Wisconsin forest scenery.

    Legacy Quest: Wisconsin Log Cabin Getaway

    Inspired by childhood memories, one Wisconsin couple builds a weekend getaway on the banks of White Sand Lake.

  19. The front door, crafted of knotty alder and glass panels with a wrought-iron grille, was the inspiration behind the home.

    Door to Inspiration Found in a Woodsy Log Home

    A striking front entry is the driving force behind the design of a riverside log home.

  20. The weather outside may be frightful, but the fireplace of the Schreiber home is always delightful. John and Lynn chose multicolored stone, which contrasts with the color of the logs, from Arizona.

    Winter Wonderland: A Holiday Log Home in Wisconsin

    One couple finds holiday cheer in the form of a lakefront log home.

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