For 17 years, Tony and Fran Fortuna enjoyed vacations with their five children on wooded, lakefront property they owned in northern Michigan. So when they left their careers, it only seemed natural to retire there.

The Fortunas wanted to build a distinctive home that would fit with the enduring beauty and tranquility of their land, and complement the naturally wooded surroundings. “For both of us, only one concept came to mind: logs,” says Tony. The Fortunas chose Town & Country as their log home producer. They also hired Meg Redli, ASID, of Interiors, Inc. to advise them on the layout, design and décor, and Kevin Wanstead of Mustang Builders to be the primary builder and carpenter.

Tony and Fran modified the floorplan of a model they admired to create their own custom design. “Fran had many specific ideas of what she wanted,” Tony says. Her requests included a master bedroom with an extended bay window for maximum natural light and two kitchens: a central, larger kitchen on the main level and a smaller, more compact one downstairs to be used for canning.

“In my 27 years in the design business, I have never been in a home that is as comfortable and inviting as the Fortunas’,” says Meg. Here are some of the details that make this house stand apart.

  • Exterior logs of white cedar, a naturally insect resistant
    and durable wood, and chinking.
  • Full-log rafter roof system.
  • Great room with a centerpiece river rock fireplace that
    draws the eye up to the massive pair of king post trusses and a twig-styled catwalk above.
  • Bedroom/bath suites on both ends of the catwalk.
  • Two-story turret, which is used as a casual dining area upstairs and as a game area downstairs.
  • Handcrafted intricately carved front entry door from Hugo Mesa Studios.
  • Downstairs, a large cherry bar and built-in home theater.
  • Décor that incorporates the natural, wooded setting and includes hand-painted murals in several bedrooms and in the turret room downstairs.

A wonderful blend of creative designs and traditional family values have combined to create a home that will last for generations. “Our house clearly reflects our love of life, passion for the outdoors and our desire to be with family and friends,” Fran says.