Discover this North Carolina log home of a scientist turned log home builder that is also used as a model home for his company.
Photos courtesy of Broyhill Wiles Log and Timber Frame Home Builders
People are often curious about the homes of their log home builder. One assumption is that they’ll be the ultimate showplaces. More often, however, a different ethic prevails. Such is the case with this appealingly modest custom home. Its owner was a scientist for about a decade, but after he built a log home in Virginia, he discovered that building was his passion.
When he and his wife, also a scientist, moved to North Carolina, he started building log and timber-frame homes for a living. His goal for this home was to live in a unique environment that transcends warmth and coziness at the same time, and to use it as a model home for his company.
Built in 2008 on a wooded site with a 20-degree slope, the home features 8-inch round-on-round white pine logs, milled to a double tongue-and-groove profile. It includes a heavy timber roof system.
Stone forms the deck-post supports, facing for the basement exterior and the two-story chimney. Inside, drywall coordinates with the logs walls. The layout provides for a roomy master suite occupying one-third of the main level. The remaining space encompasses a great room and an office. The wraparound porch and deck includes a screened-in section.
Three bedrooms and a loft are on the upper level. The basement houses a spacious rec room, an exercise room, storage and the garage.