Canadian Logs Grace Florida Lake

A Florida man builds a handcrafted log home from a Canadian log kit.

I recently completed a fully custom handcrafted log home in central Florida. The project began in 2003 and was nearly complete in 2005 when it was tested by three direct, full-impact hurricanes: Charlie, Francis, and Jean.

Although there was major wind and flood damage to the outside landscaping, this well-built home survived the true test, and with no real damage.

This cozy dream home is built with full-scribed, large-diameter, mature western red cedar logs. It rests on 2 ½ acres, and is nestled down a quiet dead end road surrounded by wooded wetlands and marshlands creating a habitat for birds and wildlife. 

This paradise shares 170 feet of sandy beach front with Crooked Lake, one of Florida’s most pristine, natural and spring-fed lakes. It’s a 5,000-plus-acre lake well known for its great bass fishing and water recreation.

This two-master suite home has many custom features such as the 27-foot tall, large granite bolder fireplace, a handcrafted cedar log staircase leading to the second floor bedroom/loft, open vaulted wood ceilings, and all-natural stone and wide plank wood flooring throughout the entire home.

The ground floor bath suite has a large unique cave like shower/Jacuzzi spa bath finished in natural Tennessee River rock, and twin natural granite bolder rock sinks.

The second floor bath suite has an authentic restored claw foot tub with a separate shower finished in natural Tennessee River rock. All cabinets are handcrafted, and made of old natural and weathered barn wood. All countertops are solid 3CM granite with a flame brushed finish and chipped edges.

The great room is prow shaped, and made of large glass windows allowing spectacular lake front views. All doors are handcrafted and maid of western red cedar. All glass and windows are double pane for maximum insulation.
There is a separate enclosed two-car garage/pole barn with two additional outside, covered roof parking bays. The enclosed garage is high clearance and has two large handcrafted cedar doors. This building is wood framed and finished in western red cedar.

There is a fully equipped workbench, and lots of built in wood storage cabinets. The workbench top is a piece of genuine bowling alley. The rolling fence that borders the south property boundary is hand peeled and crafted from native cypress trees.

Since I fell in love with the log home industry, me and the log home company Leatherwood Log Homes from British Columbia, Canada, who manufactured my log shell in Florida, recently established a relationship for me to be there U.S. sales rep.