Black Hills Gold

Born from a stock floor plan, this South Dakota cus­tom­ized log home is a true trea­sure.

Log Home Living - - CONTENTS - story by Donna Peak pho­tos cour­tesy of Golden Ea­gle Log Homes

Born from a stock floor plan, this South Dakota cus­tom­ized log home is a true trea­sure.

What do you do when you’ve had enough of the Cal­i­for­nia rat race? You head for the hills. In this case, the Black Hills of South Dakota; and the own­ers struck gold — Golden Ea­gle Log Homes, that is.

With fam­ily ties to the Mount Rush­more State, the own­ers wanted a home that could play host to rel­a­tives and friends, fit in seam­lessly with their breath­tak­ing 41-acre prop­erty and take in their sweep­ing tri-state views.

With Golden Ea­gle’s “Coun­try’s Best”

model as a start­ing point and the com­pany’s team of tal­ented de­sign­ers at the ready, the own­ers in­creased its size, tweaked the lay­out and added a fin­ished walk­out, decks and bal­conies. The re­sult is 5,781 square feet of fin­ished liv­ing space, in­clud­ing four bed­rooms, five baths, a fam­ily room, the­ater room/ar­cade, a five-stall garage and an oc­tag­o­nal break­fast room, which is the owner’s fa­vorite space to un­wind with his morn­ing cof­fee and the news­pa­per.

Choos­ing Golden Ea­gle Log Homes’ allinclu­sive home pack­age, the house is built with full 10-inch di­am­e­ter, hand-peeled, dou­ble-round white pine logs stained with Perma- Chink’s Ul­tra 7 ex­te­rior stain in “Caramel.” The Semco win­dows are clad in “Hart­ford Green,” ty­ing into the dark verdi­gris of the Owens Corn­ing shin­gled roof.

In­side, the home is im­pec­ca­bly de­tailed. The floor­ing through­out the main and up­per lev­els is rus­tic hick­ory, ex­cept for the bath­rooms, which are fin­ished in a slate-look tile. The semi-cus­tom cab­i­netry in the kitchen and

the bath­rooms are alder and are fin­ished with a clear-coat sealant to show off the wood’s nat­u­ral tones. The home’s two fire­places, the kitchen is­land and the mas­ter bath’s tub sur­round are all clad in a stone blend called “River Rock Shore.”

But for all its in­door splen­dor, where the home truly makes its im­pact is out­side. From the prop­erty’s six decks, pa­tios, porches and bal­conies, the fam­ily can take in the quiet seclu­sion of the South Dakota coun­try­side and watch the ea­gles soar.

Awash with a golden glow, dusk casts a flat­ter­ing light on this home’s caramel-toned dou­bler­ound log walls. IN­SET: The steeply pitched roof above the en­try makes a dra­matic state­ment and sheds wa­ter and snow with ease.

ABOVE: Half-log, open-tread stairs are at once rugged and el­e­gant. TOP: The round 10-inch-di­am­e­ter logs are on full dis­play in the great room, ac­cen­tu­ated by a wall of win­dows and a mas­sive river-rock fire­place that blan­kets nearly an en­tire wall.

TOP: The home’s crafts­man­ship and wood join­ery can be fully ap­pre­ci­ated in the oc­tag­o­nal break­fast nook, which is the owner’s fa­vorite place to un­wind.

ABOVE: Ev­ery ef­fort was made to tie the home into its sur­round­ings, and that in­cludes the land­scape. Wisely, the cou­ple used hard­scape near the foun­da­tion and logs and kept green­ery at a dis­tance.

RIGHT: From this van­tage point, you get a real sense of the im­pact made by the soar­ing vaulted ceil­ing. The ex­pan­sive loft serves as a com­mon area be­tween the two up­per-level bed­rooms.

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