Log Lodge at Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho

MossCreek uses a collection of rustic elements in a cabin that's both timeless and cutting-edge.

Allen Halcomb of MossCreek says. The lodge's style and materials will endure for generations

Located on the waterfront of Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho, Mark and Lana Hollingshead's hybrid vacation home is a far cry from the property's original house–a ramshackle cabin beaten down by the elements with bug-infested logs. Built on the old cabin's footprint with just more than 2,400 square feet of living space, their new three-bedroom MossCreek home with a loft offers a much-needed retreat for the Boise-based couple and their three teenagers. Appearance is deceiving, though: Although a recent construction, the home boasts MossCreek's well-known mixture of rustic and retro design elements--from roughened, hand-hewn, 8-by-12-inch rectangular pine logs with dovetail notches and chinking, to red-stained board-and-batten cedar siding and cedar shakes resembling an old barn--resulting in a timeless lakeside beauty with well-worn appeal.  

The mix of materials continues to the cabin's interior, which features radial-sawn red-oak floor planks; a 30-foot-tall stone fireplace; a travertine subway-tiled master bathroom, and a handcrafted staircase and balcony.   "The majority of the design was accomplished while standing on the property," says designer Allen Halcomb, president of MossCreek.   "Our on-site design abilities allowed the owners to describe the features they were looking for in a home and watch as their dreams were illustrated on paper." Contrasting yet complementary materials add character throughout the cabin. In the kitchen, green granite countertops accent the red stained cabinets. Warm wood and cool wrought iron mingle in the cabin's staircase and balcony railings.

The master suite, however, is pure luxury. MossCreek planned the private retreat with a fireplace, French doors that open to the view and a decadent master bath. Back outside, stone pillars support the home's wraparound deck, which offers stunning views of the lake and surrounding ponderosa trees.

A fireplace warms Lana and Mark's master bedroom, with its beam work overhead and lake views framed by French doors.

"It's a mixed-materials style, with a nice balance of stone, log, cedar shakes and timber elements," Halcomb says. "This was one of our first homes in a new architectural genre that was created by MossCreek." The style's popularity has grown nationwide. "We hope one day it will be recognized as a true American art form that we had the pleasure of originating."  

Home Plan Details:

Square Footage: 2,400

Log Provider: MossCreek

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2