Fea­tured Floor Plan

Log Home Living - - CONTENTS - by Jan­ice Brew­ster

An­other Day in Par­adise

With a hec­tic day-to-day life, Ni­cole and Stephen were look­ing to build a va­ca­tion get­away that was easy to reach but felt far, far away. They found acreage on a lake in New Eng­land and knew it would be a won­der­ful spot to gather friends and fam­ily to­gether.

Why a log home: The cou­ple con­tacted MossCreek in Knoxville, Ten­nessee, to help them cre­ate a rus­tic dream home. MossCreek pro­vided an­tique log ve­neer for the ex­te­rior, which com­pany pres­i­dent Allen Hal­comb says makes the new home look like it has al­ways been there. “The use of log, or any wood ma­te­rial that it stained, re­laxes the home into a feel­ing of an older, sim­pler era,” he says.

Most im­por­tant fea­tures: The cou­ple wanted to take full ad­van­tage of the prop­erty’s lake views. They wanted a home that was large enough to ac­com­mo­date groups of guests, but one that still felt in­for­mal and com­fort­able; never pre­ten­tious. They en­vi­sioned a lodge that would wel­come guests in com­fort af­ter ac­tive days of snow ski­ing or time spent on the wa­ter.

The Low­down

While it of­fers a tran­quil wa­ter view, the cou­ple’s site pre­sented chal­lenges for the home’s de­sign. Steep and rocky ter­rain called for ter­races to be cut into the grade. Keep­ing the home to just one main floor and a lower walk-out level nes­tled it into the site. “We used vary­ing ceil­ing heights to de­note each area specif­i­cally,” Allen ex­plains. “The great room has its tall cathe­dral ceil­ing, and then the lower, flat­beamed ceil­ings of the din­ing room and kitchen area gen­er­ate an in­ti­mate feel.”

The mas­ter bed­room fea­tures a fire­place, lux­ury bath and large walk-in closet.

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