Easy Does It

Log Home Living - - CONTENTS -

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.

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