Tour a Rustic Riverside Retreat in Pennsylvania
A Pennsylvania couple’s weekend retreat is a place for family gatherings, large parties and a little peace and quiet.
The kitchen cabinets were custom designed by Amish craftsman Neil Troyer. The Millers wanted something that looked like an antique, so they gave him an old bird house of theirs as a model. The cabinets came out exquisitely finished, distressed enough to give the brand-new pieces vintage character.
For their log home’s main living area, the Millers wanted plenty of places for people to sit and gather. Even with high ceilings, the large logs and comfy furniture makes the space feel cozy.
A hand-hewn timber treatment frames the firebox and accentuates the rock work on the home’s cozy, understated hearth.
The Porcupine Saloon was named for the porcupines that attacked the Millers’ home as they wrapped up construction. Attracted by the staining agent PeneTreat (which contains salt) the critters chewed all along the home’s bottom logs. An electric fence solved the problem and now they drink to honor the property’s first (uninvited) guests. The bar and its encompassing countertops are made with reclaimed wood from an old barn near the Miller’s primary residence.
Each master bedroom contains two queen size beds, so they can sleep a crowd in comfort. To further enhance the comfort-level, the windows throughout the home are upgraded to specially designed Andersen E-series models.
Ron Miller describes his home as “three stories of beautiful.” The upper level has two master bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. There’s a loft space between the rooms that looks down onto the living area.
Exterior living space was a top priority for the Miller family. From the covered front porch to the extended deck, every angle of this log home takes full advantage of the magnificent views of the untouched forest that surrounds the home — not to mention the dramatic bend in the Allegheny River.