| Log Home Living | by: Kenya McCullum | photos: James Ray Spahn | styling: Colleen Macomber

Traditional Transformed | Story Behind Planning the Modern Cabin:

Modern log homes have a lot of stereotypes to work against—those who have never seen the open, light-filled, technologically enhanced homes being built these days often think that log-home living means roughing it in a prairie-style cabin.

“Stereotypically, people think log homes are old-fashioned, dark, dreary and cold,” admits Jay Parmeter, co-owner of Wisconsin-based Golden Eagle Log Homes. “We’re trying to show how sophisticated and up-to-date log homes can be.”

To that end, his company embarked upon an ambitious eight-month building project to construct what Jay fondly calls a “research and development house”—a 5,500-square-foot masterpiece that features soaring ceilings, inventive angles and luxurious amenities. It’s not surprising, then, that this pet project immediately captured the eye of Anthony and Ana Vera, who wasted no time in making the central Wisconsin abode their secondary residence.

Among the family’s favorite features is the theater room, which Jay decided to add after receiving several customer inquiries about them. The space is equipped with both a snack room and plush seats to give it a Cineplex feel. The octagonal dining nook, where the family can enjoy meals while basking in the beauty of their lakeside surroundings, is another favorite spot.

But it’s not just the main-level rooms that are filled with light and comfort. Golden Eagle’s team also elevated the front of the house 3.5 feet from the ground and added windows underneath the deck to transform the basement from the traditional dimly lit storage space into an airy living area.

Three levels of light-filled log home living, three master suites and an expansive outdoor living space? Looks like the research was a joyous success. And the Veras agree.

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