Gayle’s choice of simple, gray-painted custom cabinets creates a striking contrast to the natural log walls and wood ceiling. Additional storage is provided by a separate walk-in pantry. The center island seats six and has ample room for food prep on the 1/4-inch rolled steel countertop that matches the stove hood.
To complement the log interior, the Petersons chose drywall painted with a custom-mixed light gray shade for all non-wood wall surfaces throughout the house. To capture a rustic feel, the couple requested that the staircase posts and trusses remain rough with only a light sanding applied.
Capturing mountain vistas and flooding the great room with light, windows stretch from the vaulted ceiling to the hardwood floors. Flanked by the master bedroom suite and the kitchen and dining area, the great room offers access to a wide, open loft.
A custom metal piece by Chip Gerber of Steel Forest Furniture, this table is positioned comfortably before a great room fireplace of cultured stone and warmed by a gas insert. Patio doors open onto a screened porch.
Evan’s loft office was designed for maximum use of a small space. A baseboard window adds light and peeks through the front porch gable, while low bookshelves take advantage of the room’s knee walls.
The master suite includes a full bathroom and a walk-in closet separated by a handmade, space-saving sliding door. Honest Abe dealer Darlene Dawson advises using windows positioned near the ceiling in bedrooms to allow for flexible furniture placement.
The Petersons savor the luscious Blue Ridge landscape from the rear of their house, which was designed for relaxation on three levels: A 210-square-foot upper deck spanning the main floor, a lower deck off the stucco-finished basement and gravel patio with a fire pit.
Perched on a mountain slope, the gravel patio is enhanced by a central stone fire pit and stabilized with a pressure treated retaining wall. Metal furniture was designed and crafted by Gayle’s brother, Chip Gerber of Steel Forest Furniture.
Spanning the main floor’s mountain-facing side is a 210-square-foot open deck that becomes a covered porch on one end and a screened-in sitting room off the other. Darlene Dawson, owner of Bear’s Den Log Homes who sold the Petersons their home package and consulted with them throughout construction, says she recommends Andersen 400 double-awning windows, which create an unobstructed view while providing both ventilation and protection from rain when open.
“Gayle had a magazine about log homes and suggested that ‘having one might be different and cool,’” Evan says. “In an instant the memories of the lake house came rushing back! It was a great idea, but we knew nothing about building a log home.”
“Soon Gayle and Darlene started designing the cabin,” Evan says, laughing at the word “cabin” and remembering that over the two years spent developing a final plan, the house grew, then shrunk, then grew again.
Home Details:Square Footage: 3,250
Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 half
Log Prodvider: Honest Abe Log Home/Bear's Den Log Home
Builder: Carolina Builders Services, Inc.