Striking It Rich: Planning a Creekside Log Home in California
One fortunate couple finds their treasure in a quaint log home in California’s Gold Rush country.
To add to that warmth, the couple made it priority to fill the home with as much natural light as possible. Throughout the home, you’ll find no less than five sets of French doors, three expansive skylights and five double-hung windows with half-round transoms. “Light is extremely important in a log home,” explains Mary. “Logs absorb light, so we always recommend including lots of windows and skylights to brighten up the space.” Because of the home’s location in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, it’s often subjected to extreme temperature fluctuations. The energy-efficient logs provide good insulation against the cold, and the striking green tin roof reflects summer heat, keeping rooms cool even when temperatures reach triple digits. When the weather is mild, the Bebouts can enjoy the 2,800 square feet of covered porches, patios and balconies. “For a laidback mountain lifestyle, this home fits in very well,” says Russ. And the empty nesters make good use of the outdoor space. A hot tub, wood-burning fireplace and virtual aquarium populate the rear second-floor deck that looks out onto the whitewater of Wolf Creek. “The trout in the creek,” says Russ with a laugh, are like our pets.” Instead of fishing the creek, the couple considers it a personal wildlife refuge. The 2,400 square-foot, three-bedroom home took a speedy six months to build, but that required plenty of long-hour days, Russ recalls, thanks to a couple of challenges along the way. A narrow, winding gravel road made site access difficult and the home had to conform to fit measurements required by local regulations. “We had to cantilever the decks and the balconies to fit the site restrictions and conditions,” says Heritage Log Homes Construction coordinator, Robert Keener. But, he adds, “As you can see from the finished project, it was a great success.”