From Colorado to Wisconsin to Alabama, these log homes span the country and vary in both size and style.
Most people who choose half-log homes do so to modify the log look, usually with drywall. Not so for the owners of this home, located on 6.2 acres with 250 feet of lake frontage in northwestern Wisconsin. They wanted wood from floor to ceiling and in between. The rear of the home mixes stonework and white pine half-logs with oversized prow windows that enjoy a view of the lake. The full-length cedar deck adds to the home’s living space and is a popular summer dining spot.
Years of living in Europe persuaded these homeowners to move to a rural area when they returned to the United States. They were invited to visit the Yellowstone Club, near Big Sky, Montana, and found this log home in Big Sky, Montana reminded them of the ski areas in Europe with which they were familiar. “This home is so beautiful and elegant, yet intimate. It is peaceful and removed from the worries of the world. It will always be special to us.”
Custom features and fine craftsmanship distinguish this log home, located in southwest Alabama, not far from the owners’ primary residence. To take advantage of the Alabama climate, they also desired plenty of outdoor living, which this home delivers with more than 2,000 square feet of outside living space, highlighted by an open-air great room and wraparound porch.
At first glance, these Vancouver, Washington, homeowners believed that the fully furnished log home they purchased from its previous owners in Government Camp, Oregon, would be perfect for their needs. It became clear, however, that the home’s general interior styling did not mesh with the family’s Northwest lifestyle. A facelift transformed this Mount Hood home into an inviting ski lodge.
When the owners of this home found 10.5 acres with 300 feet of frontage on Wisconsin’s Lake Lucerne, they hoped to renovate a cottage on the property. It was beyond repair, however, so they welcomed the opportunity to create a lakeside retreat from scratch.
To say this log home fulfills a lifelong dream is no exaggeration. Californians Karen and Tom spent their early years together backpacking and camping in the Rockies and realized there was where they wanted to build a vacation home. They favored logs because they’d visited several log homes and loved the different, close feeling. Even more, they valued logs’ permanence.