Log Home Living - - Floor Plans -

A steep slope makes for a chal­leng­ing but beau­ti­ful and re­ward­ing de­sign.

With a wooded site on Lake of the Ozarks in Mis­souri, Jill and David Rut­ter knew they wanted to build a va­ca­tion and week­end get­away that would cap­ture views of their quiet lake cove and ac­com­mo­date plenty of visi­tors and fam­ily.

Why a log home: The Rut­ters fell in love with logs when they helped Jill’s brother build his log home 35 years ago. “It’s the warmth you feel when you walk in and all the beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral wood,” Jill says.

Most im­por­tant fea­tures: An open floor plan with cathe­dral ceil­ings was a must for the couple. They wanted all the bed­rooms to face the lake and have plenty of out­door liv­ing spa­ces to soak up the views of the wa­ter. The couple spec­i­fied wood for all the walls and ceil­ings. “We wanted this house to be dif­fer­ent from our main home,” Jill says.

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