Family gatherings usually mean slapdash tables set up for kids and distant cousins, but Tom and Lori Corcoran found a way around that problem when they built a log home in Peru, Vermont. They created a haven that boasts plenty of space for cooking, eating and sitting.

Their home, an Adirondack-style, 6,500-square-foot beauty with 15- and 16-inch lodgepole pine logs, is equipped with a state-of-the-art kitchen and a spruce dining table crafted wonderfully by builder Rich Ragone, president of Montana Log Homes East.

Meeting of Minds
Rich drove Tom and Lori around to show them other homes he’d built to help them visualize their options. They made “slight tweaks” to the company’s stock floor plan that became their five-bedroom house.

Rich is the first to admit that not every client wants to wait — or spend the money — on his painfully fastidious technique of ensuring that every detail is flawless. Not so with Tom and Lori. They weren’t interested in cutting corners, and had the foresight and patience to let Rich do the work his way. The result, Rich says, might be his best house.

Building a Legacy
The house has an unmistakable charm that blends rustic warmth with intelligent design. “My favorite part of building the house was getting Tom and Lori’s input,” says Rich. “I was impressed with their taste in design and decor, especially for such a young couple.”

Lori and Tom are quick to concede that choosing the decor wasn’t difficult, because log walls are the perfect backdrop for natural hues and bold patterns.
Lori’s favorite design touches include the kitchen window seat (perfect for reading or drinking wine while Tom prepares dinner) and a cozy loft that’s still large enough to hold a billiard table and host hours of family fun.