The genesis for David and Sheila Meyer’s second home arose when Sheila found herself living in "flat, hot" Fresno, California in the early 1990s. "As soon as we moved there," she says, "I started looking for an escape route to the mountains."

Nearby Bass Lake was perfect. Just 14 miles from Yosemite National Park and a quick one-hour drive from home, the couple fell in love with a creek-stoked site formerly occupied by the Mono Indians just one block from the lake.

When Dave, a commercial framing contractor, posed the question, "What do you think we should build here," Sheila had an immediate answer. "I’ve always wanted a log home," Sheila Meyers says. "I was living in Alaska when I saw my first one, and I thought it was a mansion. But I never thought I’d have one of my own."

Here are the highlights of their 2,569 square-foot home by Edgewood Log Structures in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

  • Two prominent gables, one facing the street, the other looking over the creek, giving the house both a public and private face.
  • Inside, the Idaho white pine walls and impressive western larch logs in the ceiling give the home that "warm cozy" feeling.
  • Three bedrooms, one of which Dave uses as an office, plus a loft, making it possible to sleep 10 people inside.
  • An open kitchen rimmed with knotty alder cabinets and equipped with the latest appliances, such as a six-burner Thermador range and two Bosch dishwashers.
  • A wraparound covered deck with access to all the major living spaces.

For more information on the Meyers’ building project, check the October 2005 issue of Log Home Living.

Photo by Scott Van Dyke