Easy Does It
East-coasters have a long tradition of heading “to the shore” for a little R&R. This eastern Pennsylvania couple’s vision of that vacation just happens to be a little bit different.
When and Norm it came Cook time had for some their sudden, getaway and home, serendipi- Kim tous, second thoughts. As the owners of Cook Drilling, the couple had been up and down the mid-Atlantic coast, working on construction projects at notable properties including the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Temple University and even the Statue of Liberty. So naturally their impulse was to do as other eastern Pennsylvanians have done for generations: head for the shore.
“It didn’t take long to figure out that the shore wasn’t for us,” recalls Kim. “We don’t like crowds or traffic. We’re much more cab- in-by-the-lake kind of people.” A subsequent trip to Lake Wallenpaupack, where Norm vacationed as a child, sealed the deal for the couple. The third largest lake in Pennsylvania, Wallenpaupack has more than 52 miles of shoreline. The Cooks quickly found a real estate agent and got to work selecting a site for their home.
The area is so peaceful and quiet, it just cried out for a log home, and that’s exactly what Kim had in mind. “At first, Norm thought I was kidding about getting a log home, because at heart I’m such a girly-girl, but I’ve always been obsessed with cabins,” Kim explains. “The look of them has always fascinated me, from the warmth of the wood to how they go together and feel when you walk inside. That feeling has always been something I’ve loved.”
After purchasing lakeside property and demolishing an existing (but mostly decrepit)
A three-car garage provides plenty of parking plus room for owner Norm Cook’s tools and equipment. The 640-square-foot loft above includes a fun bunk room for the grandkids.
A custom door highlights the interior of the grand entryway, where a full 30-foot white pine log is used as a beam. An antler chandelier sets the tone for the traditional log lodge decor of this home.