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Dream Deferred: An Appalachian-Style Log Home in Washington State

A Washington family waited to find the right community for their log home and new lives.
by Teresa L. Wolff | Photos by Darci Radtke

The full story about this home was featured in the September 2010 issue of Log Home Living. Order your back issue copy today from the Log Cabin Home Shop.

Soaring peaks and dual dormers add architectural appeal to this Appalachian-style, dovetailed-and-chinked log home, while the standing-seam Galvalume roof provides a fireproof and watertight covering.

Homeowner Jeff Leuthold used huge boulders to ground the home to its surroundings. Combining shed and doghouse dormers, along with using a cross-gable roof design, enhances the roofline.

The wide porch, which extends most of the way around the house, is a relaxing place to enjoy the outdoors sheltered from the rain and sunshine.


This exterior view shows the side of the house with the master bedroom and the breezeway between the garage and the house.

Coming down the beautiful staircase from the second floor provides a view of the great room and the vast amount of light let in by the large windows and the transoms above.

The homeowners used rows of transom windows in the upper walls instead of installing a wall of windows. The Oriental rug softens the flagstone slate floor.

The hanging balcony above the staircase and overlooking the open great room adds visual appeal to the space.

The wood-burning fireplace provides the backdrop for a replica of Remington’s Bronco Buster.

Jeff and Melinda’s "Fruits of the Spirit" designs for the metal work in the staircase. Jeff used walnut to cap the newel posts.

The dining and living areas, seen from the kitchen, reveal the home’s open great room layout.

Rows of transom windows in the upper walls bring light into the great room without having to install a wall of windows.

The addition of a fireplace on the patio means that the homeowners can enjoy the outdoors year-round.

Built of western hemlock timbers, this Appalachian-style home welcomes visitors with an American flag at the front porch.

A wider view of the exterior shows the home’s front elevation in the context of the surrounding land on the Washington-Oregon border.

The pond originally provided water for the farm’s blueberry fields, but now the homeowners are encouraging the blue teal duck population to meet and breed there.

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  1. I know when people ask How much does it cost to build a log home? the answer is dependent upon many variables, however it would help a great deal if you included the turn key price on the homes you feature in each months issue,which is available direct from the owners.

    Valentine SommovigoJuly 27, 2010 @ 3:50 pmReply

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