On the shore of Little Lake Joe in Ontario, Canada, this 4,053-square-foot smart home was built to be an anchor for the owners’ family. The couple knew they wanted to replace the small cottage already on the site but were torn: They wanted the beauty of a log home but without the maintenance. After attending a trade show, True North Log Homes won the couple over with their technology and the fact that they’re a family business.
The biggest deciding factor for the homeowners was True North’s LogLock® System. It’s their patented self-adjusting locking mechanism which goes on the top course of the logs and, as they shrink, automatically adjusts for the settlement, locking them into place and preventing any bowing or twisting.
The logs themselves are a collage of Canadian wood and mortise-and-tenon joinery. The first floor and ceilings are eastern white pine, the second floor is Douglas fir from British Columbia and the floors are hemlock from Quebec. The exterior is made to match Colorado’s aspen chalets and is clad in timbers that were hand-hewn over a span of six months.
With maintenance woes out of the way, the next step was expanding the plan to accommodate a large family. The main floor and walkout basement each have 11-foot-high ceilings. The great room and octagon sitting area each have True North’s structural king post trusses, which support the roof system. The Citadel plan, on which this home is based, was modified to include a balcony and en suite for every room.