A Pennsylvania couple’s snug and sumptuous log home is a delight to everyone who stops by.
At Tom and Louis Benoit’s log home in rural western Pennsylvania, “welcome” is more than just a casual phrase inscribed on the doormat—it’s a way of life.No matter how many curious passersby stop to knock on the door of the couple’s home (“When it was first built, people would stop by once a week,” Tom reports), the Benoits are always more than happy to offer a warm greeting and show folks around their just-under-2,000-square-foot masterpiece. And without fail, every admiring onlooker turned impromptu guest leaves impressed. “Most of them seem to be in awe of the house,” Louis remarks. “They’re taken aback at how much space we have in such a small area.” “I think it turned out magnificent,” Tom adds. Just as location and happenstance often play a role in strangers’ encounters with the house, both were instrumental in getting it built in the first place. It all began when the couple purchased a plot of land from the state, which was formerly owned by Tom’s grandparents. Just a mile away from their new property, a log home was under construction. Seeing it piqued the couple’s interest, so they took their questions to Jim and Joy Mulkern at J&J Log Homes, Barna Log Homes' local distributor—located (naturally) just a few miles away. For their general contractor, the Benoits went even closer to home, relying on Tom’s company, B&B Property Management. “We didn’t do a lot of the hands-on work, but we did most of the trim work inside.
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