The Great Escape

A second home close to home, this cabin boasts an efficient floor plan that allows its owners to get all they can from their city escape.

The Great Escape

By Iyna Bort Caruso
Photography by Roger Wade

The difference between stress and sanctuary is measured in mileage for the Folsom family of Utah. Forty-five miles to be exact. That's the distance from their primary residence in the Salt Lake City suburb of North Salt Lake to their log home getaway in Heber City, adjacent to Park City high in the Wasatch Mountains.

Doug, Teresa and their four children spend a couple weekends a month at their four-bedroom, four-bath cabin. Doug says the change of scenery brings the family closer together and allows them to dodge the "pressures and routine of normal home life."

The custom-built 2,200 square foot home is set on a hillside on a one-acre parcel in a vacation area where log homes dominate. The Folsoms' retreat has a full basement with a game room, a second-story loft and a two-car garage. The logs are 10" ponderosa pine, premium graded to ensure maximum structural integrity. Doug, a UT native, always knew he wanted an authentic all-log home and that's exactly what he got.

Design Ideas

When designing their vacation home, the Folsoms had to take into consideration space (to accomodate their four kids), weather, and personal taste.
  • A steep metal roof was installed so the snow could slide right off of it and not pile up. The roof is supported by 12- inch Douglas fir logs and structured so snow lands away from the cabin, not right up against it.
  • A two-sided fireplace opens up to a wood-burning unit on the deck.
  • An open floorplan complete with a spacious kitchen, cozy family room, and four bedrooms allows for plenty of room.
To read the full story of the Folsoms' building project, check out the November 2004 issue of Log Home Design Ideas.