Styling by Barbara Bent Hamilton
Home by Ward Cedar Log Homes
"We have a gorgeous view of the land, barns and Herefords," says Marie, who lives with partner Julie Wakuluk in Southbury, Connecticut, on the 120-acre family farm where Marie grew up. "A log home seemed like a perfect match for this pastoral landscape."
The property, near Lake Lillinonah and South Britain, is in the oldest part of Southbury—an idyllic spot where animals still graze on the town green and residents stock up at the general store. Marie’s grandfather bought the land in the 1870s and tilled its rocky soil, creating pastures and ponds. "I still have the deed," Marie notes proudly.
Sweating the Details
So Marie shared two decades worth of ideas. Jane offered a few suggestions and sketched the home to scale. After a few final touches, Don forwarded the draft to Ward’s engineering department in Houlton, Maine, where they created CAD plans, then blueprints. Following revisions, Ward cut the logs to an exact fit and delivered them to the site.
To ensure she got exactly the home she wanted, Marie also modified the plan on-site with the builder—taking out a deck, adding stonework and enlarging the kitchen.
"Few clients have been so involved and so meticulous in the process," says Jane, who often shows this log home to her clients.
And get this: Ward Cedar Log Homes was so impressed with Marie’s ideas, they added her design (now dubbed "The Georgetown" model) to its new catalog.
Here are a few of the design ideas that made up Marie’s log home project: