The Economical Log-Home Ranch

A couple goes with a cypress log home and a Western theme for their Florida ranch home.

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Exterior view of the home

Three words describe the Gary and Laura Jackson log home in Trenton, Florida: convenient, economical, and equestrian. That’s just how they planned it when they decided to retire two years ago and began working on their rural retreat. “We’ve always lived in unique character homes, like our large Victorian home we had in Palm Beach,” says Laura. “We hadn’t dreamed of living in a log home like many do, but when I came across some log home magazines, I could see it fitting perfectly into my retirement dreams of a large horse ranch. When Gary and I decided to retire and relocate, we wanted to build a home that would work well with our horses. I also wanted something that was easy to manage and affordable to build.” The Jacksons looked at a few Florida log home dealers and selected Suwannee River Log Homes because they offered cypress logs.

The home's exquisite custom kitchen

Cypress has natural oil preservatives for protection against insects and decay — ideal for building in Florida’s humid environment. They were also impressed with the personal attention they received from Suwannee River’s home consultant, David Miller. Suwannee River has a Cape Cod-style home that offers enough space for an office and guests, but is small enough to stay within budget and make cleaning a breeze. “The Jacksons were looking for an affordable home, but something that was not an average home,” Miller says. “Log homes are generally not the type to save money, but there are ways to make it work. If you’re tired of the everyday lifestyle, log homes are the way to go.”  

Read more of this story in the September 2007 issue of Country's Best Log Homes.