Richard Johnson’s love of log homes goes much deeper than the usual appreciation for their earthy coziness and woodsy good looks. You could say it’s in his blood.
Richard Johnson’s love of log homes goes much deeper than the usual appreciation for their earthy coziness and woodsy good looks. You could say it’s in his blood. “One of the very first log homes on this lake was built by my great-grandfather, and it still stands,” says Richard. “We spent our summers there.” These days, the lifelong log admirer again spends his summers—along with his falls, winters and springs—in a log home on those same shores of Wisconsin’s Columbia Lake, only this time the home is an Eastern white pine stunner of his own. At 3,800 square feet, the five-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home is plenty big enough for Richard and his dog, as well as for his two grown daughters, who visit often. And, just as important, the place is roomy enough for the countless one-of-a-kind furnishings and tchotchkes that make Richard’s home, well, his. “Over the past 30 years, I’ve accumulated a lot of things that are historic in nature, and they seem to fit very well. I have presidential signatures throughout the home and trunks from Norway that are more than 100 years old. I was in the service for five years, and I collected antiques from Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan,” says Richard. “It’s sort of a hodgepodge,” he admits, “but everything in the house means something to me.”
Square footage: 3,800
Log Producer: Strongwood Log Home Company