Picture Perfect

From the pages of magazines to the home of their dreams, one Ohio couple builds a log abode that's a perfect fit.

[ the homeowners' story ]

Entry and Living Room
June Lester has been poring over home magazines for as long as she's been mentally planning her log home. Whenever she came across an item or a design in a magazine that she craved, she simply clipped it and added it to her stash. Fast forward several years, and she and her husband, Dan, are finally enjoying her perseverance.

When it came time for the newly married couple to make a nest of their own, you could say that June had a few ideas in mind. And all of those years of dreaming paid off handsomely in the form of Dan and June's perfectly planned, 2,382-square-foot log home in Willow Wood, Ohio.

The couple chose Ripley, West Virginia-based Appalachian Log Structures to create their home's design and, most importantly, to provide the 6-inch, white pine, D-shaped logs. "We have friends who built a log home with Appalachian," says June. "We made several trips down there and attended one of their log home seminars. We looked at several other companies, but we liked them best."

Dan and June chose a standard plan, "The Richmond," making a few alterations along the way. On the main level, the couple added a utility room off the kitchen for a washer and dryer and a powder room for visitors. An added bonus? That addition carved out space for June's telephone nook.

Dan points out that a perk of building with logs is the flexibility of the design. "With other construction, you have to go with what's on the plan. But Appalachian was great about being flexible," he says. "Log homes are just so adaptable."

Sounds like a winning combination for a couple looking to turn their paper plans into log perfection.

House Specificatons
To read the log home company's side of the story, read the June 2007 issue of Log Home Design.