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This Colorado masterpiece doesn't leave nature at the front door.

A uniquely designed window wall, known as a “glass forest,” incorporates the trunks of two towering red cedars that appear to grow out of the floor, marrying a beautiful wooded view with the home’s warm interior.

The glass forest is a hallmark design touch of Brian Schafer, president of Edgewood Log Structures, a custom log and timber design-and-build firm in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. It’s one of several features in the 6,382-square-foot custom home that shows what owners with a vision and builders with a creative spirit can accomplish when they come together.

“Every time we walk into the house,” says Judy, “it takes our breath away.” Here are some other features that make this vacation home a dream:

  • A 12-acre home site along the Blue River, and plenty of windows to take in the views.
  • Engelmann spruce and Idaho white pine, milled in alternating diameters of 12 and 14 inches with traditional saddle-notch joints.
  • Two master suites separated by the living and dining rooms to preserve privacy.
  • A spiral staircase in the foyer.
  • Outside, a pond with a waterfall in front of the house to quell highway noise, and a “porte-cochere,” or covered driveway, to protect visitors driving up in inclement weather.
  • A small stone patio along the riverbank, which has already served as the site for a wedding and baptisms.The complete article appears in the 2006 July issue of Log Home Living.

The complete article appears in the July 2006 issue of Log Home Living.

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