Large diameter handcrafted pine posts and beams from Pioneer Log Homes of British Columbia add visual drama to the centrally located kitchen. Retaining the natural length of the support beam allowed them to extend the loft and add a sitting area. Karen selected a burgundy stain for the custom-built knotty alder cabinets and added deep green crown molding and tongue-and-grove around the island to complement the brown logs and African cherry hardwood floor. Gray and white granite countertops, installed by Jim Stover of Breckenridge, Colorado, brighten the space by reflecting the illumination from the hanging pendant lights. Jim also fashioned the mountain-shaped backsplash.