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    South Meets West

    A Georgia vacation home in the mountains gets the Western treatment

  2. With a wraparound porch and awe-inspiring trusses, the Hecker family home is the epitome of log-home living.

    Worth the Wait

    An open floor plan and wraparound porch complete a dream 30 years in the making

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    Looking for Love

    A spec house becomes a personal retreat

  4. DESIGNING THE EMERALD CITY

    What goes into architectural inspiration? When Judy Garland said, “There’s no place like home” in the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz," Wayne Richie listened. The movie was his favorite, and the Land of Oz theme park in the mountains of North Carolina provided some of his most magical childhood memories. So when he and […]

  5. PERFECT FIT

    Although Alan and Debra Becker have spent their adult lives living, working and raising their family in Florida, Maine captured a piece of their hearts. “In 1992, Debra and I vacationed together near Boothbay and fantasized how wonderful it would be to have a summer place in Maine,” Alan recalls. “Several years later, we were […]

  6. TAKING THE SCENIC VIEW

    For John and Shanna Stordahl, the adventure of building their first log home six years ago was life-changing. After 20 years living in Houston, Texas, the couple decided in 2002 to leave behind the city for a simpler life. They moved back to their home state of Minnesota. While doing research on building a log […]

  7. THE DO-IT YOURSELF DREAM

    Dale Williams, 58, has been a custom homebuilder for 30 years in beautiful Western Kentucky. He’s built several homes for himself and his wife Carolyn and likes new challenges. In 2004, Dale was ready for a crowning achievement. “I saw a log magazine that caught my eye and quickly realized my next project would be […]

  8. ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH

    Dr. Robert and Catie Briggs each fell in love with Colorado and the Rocky Mountains before they knew each other. Bob, as he likes to be called, spent four years in the Air Force in Colorado Springs and Catie worked as a nurse in Boulder. After they married and settled in Sarasota, Florida, in 1993, […]

  9. EASY LIVING

    On several occasions when Dick and Diane Haight vacationed at Tomahawk Resort on Minnesota’s Lake Kabetogama, they purchased chain-saw carvings from Thor Herseth, the resort’s retired owner. Thor and his wife, Helen, had built a log cabin, and the Haights loved its ambience and comfort. They decided if they ever built a new residence, it […]

  10. HEAVENLY HIDEAWAY

    Ever since she was a little girl, Deirdra Howard wanted to live in a log home, just like one of her friends. She carried that dream with her into adulthood, even after she married Jim Howard. “We often talked about building a log home, but it wasn’t until Jim retired from the family business that […]

  11. CANADIAN LOGS GRACE FLORIDA LAKE

    I recently completed a fully custom handcrafted log home in central Florida. The project began in 2003 and was nearly complete in 2005 when it was tested by three direct, full-impact hurricanes: Charlie, Francis, and Jean. Although there was major wind and flood damage to the outside landscaping, this well-built home survived the true test, […]

  12. NORWEGIAN ACCENT

    Modeled after a traditional Norwegian storehouse called a “stabbur,” David and Kristin Robbins’s Colorado cabin is where the couple spends virtually every weekend and holiday. In winter, they and their friends snowshoe and ski. Summer finds them riding and hiking through the surrounding meadows and wooded areas. Kristin, the granddaughter of Norwegian immigrants, worked with […]

  13. SILVER LINING

    As Henry and Dale Breaker considered various retirement options, they looked for a drier climate. Henry had spent most of his working life outdoors, loading ships in the rainy Pacific Northwest. After exploring eastern Washington, however, they knew they were destined to live on the rainy side of the mountains. The Breakers turned their search […]

  14. PLANNED TO PERFECTION

    Although Roy and Jackie Cronacher have lived in Naples, Florida, for the past 18 years, they wanted a second home in a totally different climate. For several years, they vacationed in Colorado and frequently stayed in log homes. “We fell in love with the comfortable feeling of the surroundings,” Roy says, “and decided our next […]

  15. NATURAL APPEAL

    Designing a dramatically detailed home that would match the beauty of a mountainous Breckenridge, Colorado, setting was the goal of Marty and Jeanne. The couple found ten acres of water frontage on the Blue River — the cold, clean, and fast-flowing waters brings in trout fishermen from around the world. Working with the Colorado Department […]

  16. FRESH START

    When Scott and Susan started compiling ideas for their vacation log home, they intended building it in northern Minnesota. Six years later, after filling a large binder with their clippings, they wound up using them for a home in Montana. Same dream, but a different happy ending. “This all began a number of years ago, […]

  17. A VIEW FOR THE TAKING

    Peter Lee, who designs distinctive homes, is accustomed to discerning tastes. So when he was faced with building a home that took advantage of a view of Wilson Peak, he knew he was going to need to think outside of the box. “This home was completely set up based on view,” says Lee, president of […]

  18. STEP BACK IN TIME

    Historic building preservation was in its infancy in 1934, when Eli Lilly, Indiana’s great philanthropist and keen amateur historian, purchased a dilapidated, Federal-style, brick building dating from the 1820s and the surrounding 800 acres of woods and farmland on the west branch of the White River just outside Indianapolis. It had been built for William […]

  19. A MODEL LIFE

    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 […]

  20. STATEMENT HOME

    Gunter Preuss was finishing up a family fishing trip in British Columbia when he mentioned how frustrated he and wife Gloria had become in trying to find just the right log-home supplier for the remodeling project they wanted to undertake in a picturesque valley outside Loveland, Colorado. “There’s a great company right here,” one of […]


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