When Jeff Hunter first envisioned his log home, he pictured a handsome structure built of massive Engelmann spruce on a serene 10-acre parcel near southern Utah's Cedar Mountains. For him, it was all about the wood–and the craftsmanship. "Now more than ever, I value the skill and hard work that go into building a log home," says Jeff, who founded his own logging business, Mountain Valley Timber, in 1996.
But Jenni Hunter, Jeff's wife, had a different vision for their dream home. "When I was growing up, I loved visiting my grandparents' farm," says Jenni, who remembers how all the beautiful colors came to life in the country-style farmhouse and its surroundings. This was the feeling she wanted to evoke in a log home.
Faced with these seemingly irreconcilable differences in domestic decor, some folks might have high-tailed it to a divorce attorney. Jeff and Jenni headed to an architect instead.
"We both wanted the kind of place where you walk in, take off your shoes and think, 'Now this is home,'" Jeff says. Armed with a single page from a magazine, the couple met with Robert Mercer of Mercer Architecture in Cedar City, UT. Five hours later, they walked out with preliminary plans that combined the best of a frontier log home and a painted farmhouse.
Here are some of the design ideas that went into the Hunter's building project:
- A considerable amount of painted sheetrock was incorporated to accommodate Jenni's passion for pastels.
- Immense standing dead spruce with an average diameter of 20 inches and a span of up to 55 feet was used throughout the home.
- A wide arch was cut right into a log wall in the great room–creating a sheetrock alcove for the grand piano.
More about the Hunter's log home was in the September 2005 issue of Log Home Design Ideas