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Deep in the Forest in a Georgia Log Home

Trading concrete and steel for natural and real, an outdoorsy couple creates their ideal retreat from the Atlanta heat deep in the forest in a Georgia log home.

Written by Donna Peak

Photography by Tom Harper, Courtesy of Modern Rustic Homes


Mike and Diana Davis are executives for prominent organizations in Atlanta. To be close to work, they reside in a condo in the heart of the city. But this young couple longed for a refuge from steel and glass; they wanted a natural home in a wooded location conducive to pursing their active outdoor lifestyle. They found a perfect piece of ground in the Chatahoochee National Forest near Morganton, Georgia. Just two hours from Atlanta, it was close enough to be an easy drive, but felt worlds away once they arrived.

To design and build their dream retreat, Michael Grant, owner of Modern Rustic Homes/Barna Log Homes of Georgia, gave them their hearts desire — a compact cabin where everything was touchable, durable and easy to live in. Three levels consisting of 1,060 square feet on the main floor, 962 of finished space on the lower “terrace” level and 525 in the loft make up the 2,547-square-foot log home, which boasts an additional 520 square feet of porches and decks. The narrow lot presented both design and construction-staging challenges — issues that Michael was able to overcome with a plan that was wide but not deep. As a result, each of the rooms has a pristine view of the mountains and the valley below, ushering in the great outdoors the couple adores.



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