Edi­tor’s Note

Map Out a Plan

Log Home Living - - CONTENTS - DONNA PEAK Edi­tor-in- Chief

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.

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