Naturally Appealing Log Cabin

Untamed surroundings influenced the owners of this three-bedroom family retreat. Outside, it is a rustic cabin; inside, every room has its own personality.

To live in a hybrid log cabin is to be inspired by nature every day. The untamed surroundings influenced the owners of this three-bedroom family retreat. Located on eight peaceful acres of lakefront property, the cabin perfectly fits its owners' active lifestyle.

Nestled in the woods, this peaceful retreat features covered and open outdoor living areas.

Classic architectural details define the cabin, like log collar ties and beams and knotty pine ceilings. What's not so traditional is a wide, welcoming window wall that steps out to a massive canopy porch. And the outdoor living space doesn't stop there: A deck connects the dining room and screen porch, creating a continuum of entertainment spaces. Another deck off the master suite offers a private area to relax. Back inside, two dormered bedrooms upstairs flank the quintessential log cabin loft, which overlooks the great room and the great view.

Classic and timeless, this great room is balanced with contrasting colors, layered textures and glorious lake views. Hand-peeled log walls and ceiling beams, a laser-cut elk chandelier and a natural stone fireplace bring rustic spirit to the space.

Tailored for the busy homeowners, an adjacent garage entry doubles as a laundry and storage room, while making a dry transition into the kitchen. With their home rooted in cabin tradition, the owners wanted to finish it with a contemporary edge. Their goal was a sophisticated look with a touch of rustic — just enough to honor the cabin heritage and still emanate an eclectic, modern style. Building an energy-efficient home that offers complete design flexibility was important to the owners. "Clients are attracted to our Thermal-Log Building System because its eco-friendly, cost-effective and architecturally versatile, which allows them to personalize the style of their home with materials other than just log," says David Janczak, founder of Wisconsin Log Homes. "Today, most people want an intelligent home that is comfortable and economical to live in."  

Echoing the outdoors, various textures are found throughout the home such as a wicker sectional, sea-grass chairs, smooth granite counters and a rough stone fireplace. A mix of wood flooring and tile define the spaces with natural — and durable — surfaces. The owners carefully planned for each room to have its own unique look, but instead of seeming mismatched, the cabin appears harmonized, thanks to warm amber wood tones and a neutral palette throughout. The result is a peaceful, woodsy sanctuary that delivers calm and class.

Home Plan Details:

Log Provider: Wisconsin Log Homes

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2.5