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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.
by Dream Cabin Showcase

A log cabin is a dream home, not an ordinary house. Often cabins are built on special pieces of property — like this lakefront lot.

Custom Crafted Lakefront Cabin Exterior

The cabin's traditional outside appearance disguises the wide open spaces within. The porch wraps around three sides of the lakefront home and leads to cascading decks.

Making a cabin fit its special site can mean altering a log home company’s stock plans or creating a plan from scratch. “Custom work at low cost is a Satterwhite specialty,” says Danny Grizzle of Satterwhite.

“It is common for all builders to flip plans left to right, but less common for conventional builders to reorient plans front to back.” This kind of flexibility is common with log construction — and important when a cabin needs to face a view of lakes or mountains.

Danny recommends taking a holistic approach to designing a custom cabin. “Consider not just the view, but also the presentation and approach,” he says. Great log home designs should be appealing from every angle, even if they’re optimized toward a spectacular view or feature.

Custom Crafted Lakefront Cabin Kitchen

Tin ceilings accent the kitchen, with its custom-crafted cabinetry.

The owners of this cabin made the most of their site. Large expanses of glass in the cabin’s gable capture a stunning lake view from the great room. Beyond the windows, the extended gable porch shelters a wonderful outdoor living space, complete with a grill and plenty of room for eating and relaxing al fresco.

The same gable porch also provides additional protection for the log walls, keeping maintenance low. Another benefit to the extended porch roof is that it shields the interior from excess sunlight, holding cooling costs down and decreasing the color-fading effects of solar rays.

Custom Crafted Lakefront Cabin Deck

Decks cascade down to the waterfront.

While poring over floor plans can be inspirational, having a place for your cabin may be the best first step. “Either design a plan for the site, or buy property suitable for the plan,” Sam Satterwhite of Satterwhite Log Homes tells his clients.

Inside, this 1,640-square-foot cabin offers a U-shaped kitchen with granite countertops and bar and a pressed tin ceiling with recessed lighting. The cabinets, custom-crafted from character woods, contrast with the stone tile backsplash and hammered copper sink.

Custom Crafted Lakefront Cabin Great Room

A vaulted ceiling opens the living spaces in this cabin on a lake. Satterwhite Log Homes has a tradition of using dead-standing timber—trees killed by natural causes—for their logs.

The master suite, complete with walk-in closet, bath and access to the home’s first-floor laundry, is positioned behind the kitchen. Upstairs, a second bedroom offers the convenience of an attached full bath.

But for this home, and many other cabins, a gorgeous setting makes outside living spaces as important as those inside. The owners planned for a series of cascading decks neatly bounded by rustic log handrails to lead down to the water. They’ve proven that even a small home can live as large as the great outdoors.

Published in Photography by Don Sciba
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11 Responses

  1. the very first step to waterfront living is to find the sort of qualities you want in the property. A good waterfrot property consultant is invaluable to ascertain the value and potential problems of the body of water on which you wish to build.

    AquaHabitat.comApril 30, 2010 @ 12:09 amReply
  2. Is this cabin for sale, if so, how much land is it on, what is the price?

    Rhonda springerApril 10, 2012 @ 7:04 pmReply
  3. We have a lot picked out in the Houston, Texas area. Who are some good waterfront property consultants to assist with optimizing the design and use of land and water?

    Cabin FeverApril 11, 2013 @ 7:55 pmReply
  4. The metal work scene that was incorporated in the banister……where can you get something like this…..was this custom

  5. Notice the metal cut out over the fireplace? looks like the same outfit did both. It’s a laser cut out. Drawn up then placed in a computer and zapo laser cut out! I do wood carvings and laser engraved on marble & birch wood art.


  6. I want this. Countertops and all. What does something like this cost to build?

    Larry DreifkeJune 16, 2014 @ 5:07 pmReply
  7. Do you build the log home and if so is the price included in all or separate or do We Have to hire my own contractor to build the home?
    The cost for this type of home is how much? What does it all include? Do u build in Arizona?

    Sharon MunozJune 16, 2014 @ 5:22 pmReply
  8. We have 10 acres in Colorado, is this good for building . There?

    Rebecca RiveraJune 16, 2014 @ 6:16 pmReply
  9. What is the name of this house? How would we go about purchasing the house planes, or do you come in, since we own our own property and build. Do you build in stages, etc. hull it out and us do the finish work or would you do the whole thing? We live in the Panhandle of FL about 60 west of Tallahassee, FL off of I-10. Can you give a ruff estimate of the cost of a finished house? I would not hold you to that price, because I know materials very and any changes effect the cost. I would love to hear from you very soon. Thank You, Brenda & Donald Larrabee (850)593-6613 or e-mail to

    Brenda LarrabeeJune 16, 2014 @ 11:07 pmReply
  10. I’d like to see the measurements on this floor plan if possible please. I went to the website but couldn’t find the plans. Thanks!

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