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  1. 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 […]

  2. 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 […]

  3. 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, […]

  4. 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 […]

  5. 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 […]

  6. 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, […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. 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 […]

  9. 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 […]

  10. 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 […]

  11. 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, […]

  12. 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 […]

  13. 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 […]

  14. 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 […]

  15. 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 […]

  16. HOME IN THE HILLS

    On Interstate 77, just north of Charleston, West Virginia, is the site of a log model home built by Appalachian Log Structures that is seen by thousands every day. Jerry Watson, a local businessman, had passed it many times. When the time was right, he would stop in and take a closer look. In 2004, […]

  17. HOOKED ON LOGS

    Dave recalls his first visit to the property where his family would eventually build their log home. “I made a few casts into the river, caught two rainbow trout and one brown,” he says. “I was hooked.” Dave’s love of fishing and his family’s devotion to outdoor sports put them on the quest for a […]

  18. MANY SHADES OF GREEN

    It started with a tiny, steep lot in a scenic subdivision and a design based initially around a colorful, hand-painted sink from Mexico. But when Duncan and Vivian Morris finished construction on their dream house in 2006, the end result was a residence that deftly managed to demonstrate all of their philosophies about art, the […]

  19. READY-MADE DREAM

    Whenever Kay and Don Elliott sought a break from their busy auto dealership in Houston, Texas, where they’ve lived for some 30 years, they used to head for the ski slopes and their condo in Beaver Creek, Colorado. After they stopped skiing and tired of the higher elevation, they looked elsewhere for a second home. […]

  20. BIG BREAK FROM THE BIG APPLE

    Kevin and Jill Piccoli have as much need for a log home as anybody. Working in New York City can provide great ups and downs, and also the need for some time away. “We first purchased our land in May of 2000,” Jill said for this web-exclusive home tour. “After living though the events of […]


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