Map Out a Plan
In life, we often find ourselves at a crossroads — a place where we’re faced with options, some safe; others risky — and we must choose. Friends and family may not understand the path we pick, but that shouldn’t deter us. Sometimes taking “the road less traveled” is key to mapping our way.
Deciding to own a log home is one of these life-altering choices. No, they’re not for everybody, but that’s what makes them special. For those of us who love them, their natural beauty, bold personality and sense of permanence are what draws us to them. But getting exactly what you want can feel more like a winding path than an interstate.
Two couples featured in this issue, the Gazzolas and the Kortzes, can attest to this all too well.
For the Gazzolas, finding the perfect floor plan was their challenge. They loved the idea of single-level living, but there were many features of two-story designs that were appealing. The answer? Blend two plans and get the best of both worlds. Their story begins on page 64.
The Kortzes faced a different fork in the road: Agreeing on the right site. He wanted a wooded mountainside lot; she wanted a place by the water. On one excursion, they happened upon a hilly parcel that had been for sale for years. No one wanted it because it was so rocky. Undaunted, the Kortzes ventured deeper into the property and found the thick forest led to a miraculous water view. It was perfect, rocks and all, proving it pays to leave no stone unturned. See the home on page 26.
If you’re lucky, a roadmap to fulfilling your log home dream may be laid out for you. The Log Home Road Trip (p. 56), attempts to do just that. This issue, we’re making our way through New England, with a detour into east/central New York. Check out log- centric historic sites, restaurants and other points of interest, not to mention a variety of log home manufacturers, mills and models you can tour throughout the region.
So, whether your log home journey is just beginning or you’re far along your path, just remember: Choosing the predictable route may seem easier, but it’s so much more rewarding to chart your own course.