When Bruce and Jane Reider envisioned their vacation home, they knew it would sit on the shores of Lake Michigan. They knew it would be a welcoming haven for family and friends. They even knew the precise piece of land it would rest upon. What they didn’t know was that it would be made of logs.

“We hadn’t planned on a cedar home,” Bruce admits. “I’m not sure what kind of home we had planned on.”

But the place they ended up with—a four-bedroom, four-bath beachfront beauty with more than 2,800-square-foot of living space that overlooks Sturgeon Bay in Cross Village, Michigan—not only met their needs, it surpassed their wildest expectations.

Here’s how they did it with the help of Town & Country Cedar Homes:

  • A split-log wall system that Town & Country uses exclusively. It utilizes engineered walls covered inside and out with kiln-dried northern white cedar half logs.
  • A mixture of wood accents: tongue-and-groove, rough-sawn cedar on the exterior, with 5-inch log trim around the doors and windows and cedar-shake shingles up in the gables and dormers.
  • A custom design that incorporates a full bathroom off of every bedroom and lake-facing bedrooms.
  • A mix of Arizona granite and Cultured Stone for the hearth (to save money that went into creating larger extra bedrooms).

To read the full story of the Otis’ building project, check out the June 2005 issue of Log Home Living.