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Best of the Best

It's time to choose the VERY BEST for 2020! Beginning July 1st, tour the 10 homes below and vote for the home you think should be crowned the Best of the Best.

This contest ended on July 31, 2020, 11 p.m., and the results are in! The winner is:

Natural Beauty!

It’s a common introduction to log home ownership: a relaxing weekend at a rustic getaway cabin sparks an eternal love of log homes. That’s exactly how this nature-inspired abode came to be. After spending a week in the Great Smoky Mountains, the owners of this western Maryland property decided that owning a vacation log home close to their primary residence was a must.

As they envisioned the kind of house they wanted — an Adirondack-style cabin in the woods that felt anchored to the land — their plans expanded, shifting their focus from creating the ideal vacation spot to the perfect retirement home where they could soak in the peaceful sights and sounds of nature. They enlisted Appalachian Log Structures to develop a four bedroom/three bathroom 3,200-square-foot design with an easy-to-navigate layout, main-level master suite and ADA-compliant doorways. An open loft, a lower level with family room and an attached garage with direct kitchen access round out the offerings.

Staying true to tradition, the structure eschews the use of drywall and leans into wood. The home itself is made up of 8-by-8-inch round eastern white pine logs with distinctive saddle-notched corners. Adding even more rustic charm, exposed Douglas fir beams span the great room’s cathedral ceiling, while rugged Ponderosa pine posts add eye-catching structural support. On select walls, 50-year-old wormy chestnut and walnut paneling add another layer of texture.

Outside, the owners’ love of Adirondack-style shines — as does their commitment to creating a home that melds into the land, rather than imposes upon it. Against the dark-stained logs accented by timber trusses and stone detail around the foundation and columns, pops of green on the door and window trim cause the structure to feel exactly as it was intended — at one with the land and the forest that surrounds it.

Square Footage: 3,200
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3 full
Log Provider: Appalachian Log Structures

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