Breaking New Ground | A Customized Log Home in Maine

A Maine homeowner reworks her floor plan to suit her tastes.

Guest bedroom in the log home

When it comes to innovative ideas in log homes, Carol Anderson knows what she’s talking about. From the restaurant-style kitchen, to concrete floors with radiant heat, to an extra tall basement level, Carol had to do a lot of convincing to local contractors that she knew what she was doing when she presented them with the plans of her 2,514-square-foot home. “I had definite ideas about the look and function of the home,” says Carol, who built three previous homes. “I found a great floor plan by PrecisionCraft Log & Timber and its design division, Mountain Architect, then customized the design to fit the land I had purchased.”

The hillside lot had a beautiful view of the sweeping mountains of Western Maine, near ski resorts, trout streams, and the Appalachian Trail. Carol brings her family here for getaways from her primary home in Florida. “I knew right where the home had to sit on the lot to get the best view,” she says. Her next step was to find someone in the area who could build a log home. “Not your typical log home, either — one with unique rooflines, custom windows, and a 10-foot foundation,” she says.

Rear view of the exterior

The general contractor she found was willing to learn, but had many questions along the way. A standard element of its Total Home Solution, PrecisionCraft sent a technical adviser to to the site to help install the log structure. They were also was available for assistance throughout the project. Carol’s ideas were radical enough that the contractor questioned the design. “My kitchen design looks more like a restaurant than a residential kitchen,” she says. “I have no standard cupboards or countertops. The majority of the room is made up of separate and movable pieces.”

Stainless steel equipment and utility lighting is also restaurant-quality, but Carol finds this form and function to be timeless and can be rearranged to suit the cooks in the family. “I even have a stainless steel sink in the nearby laundry room for added prep space or for cleaning fresh-caught trout,” says Carol. Also new to the the builder was a cement floor installed throughout the home. From Carol’s standpoint, cement allowed her to easily integrate radiant heat, it created a faux stone look she loved, and it’s easy to clean. “It looks very natural and the stone look works perfectly with the log interior,” she says. The rest of the home is everything but utilitarian. Carol’s background in art and design is evident with her choice of furniture and accent items. The semi-formal dining room spills out onto the spacious deck through French doors.

More information on this home ran in the magazine.