Pure Magic

An Ohio cou­ple makes their long-held dream a re­al­ity by build­ing the log cabin they have en­vi­sioned since they were teens.

Log Home Living - - CONTENTS - story by Christy Heit­ger-Ewing pho­tog­ra­phy by Richard Lee

An Ohio cou­ple makes their long-held dream a re­al­ity by build­ing the log cabin they’ve en­vi­sioned since they were teens.

Grow­ing up in Pike­ton, Ohio, high school sweet­hearts Joe and Hope Brewster shared their dreams with each other. Top­ping the list was their plan to marry and erect a log cabin in the area. While Hope’s at­trac­tion to logs was purely cos­metic, Joe was en­ticed by the stur­di­ness of the struc­ture.

Fast-for­ward sev­eral years to June 2013: The love­birds bought nine acres of prop­erty and be­gan build­ing a 4,400- square-foot cabin with Ap­palachian Log Struc­tures of Ri­p­ley, West Vir­ginia. While deer-hunt­ing, Joe had al­ready scoped out the land and de­ter­mined how best to po­si­tion the home in or­der to en­joy a spec­tac­u­lar view of the val­ley.

“Our cabin sits high on a hill, so our view is as if we’re up in a tree stand,” says Joe, a floor­ing pro­duc­tion in­stall man­ager. “Ev­ery day we watch deer and wild turkey cross the fields.”

The four-bed­room, 3.5-bath home has a loft and a decked-out man cave, com­plete with a full bar, poker ta­ble, air hockey ta­ble and an ex­er­cise area. In ad­di­tion, they built a gi­ant wrap­around deck ideal for en­ter­tain­ing. Though they al­ways get com­pli­ments on the breath­tak­ing view, the thing vis­i­tors rave about most are the kitchen’s leathered gran­ite coun­ter­tops.

“When peo­ple see them in per­son, they go nuts,” says Hope, a phar­ma­cist who fell in love with both the look and feel of the ma­te­rial. “I wanted my coun­ters to have lots of char­ac­ter — swirls rather than specks, tex­ture rather than shine, color­ful rather than bland,” ex­plains Hope, who ul­ti­mately chose tan to bring out the hickory cab­i­nets with splashes of turquoise (her fa­vorite color). The tex­ture was just up her al­ley, too. “It’s smooth but with a groove in it,” she says.

A group of Amish crafts­men were in­te­gral in cre­at­ing the cabin’s cozy charm. The kitchen’s hickory cab­i­netry was hand­crafted by an Amish ar­ti­san named Allen Keim. A sec­ond Amish fel­low, Alan Crab­tree, fash­ioned the white oak cab­i­nets in the base­ment, mak­ing notches in them to hang wine glasses and bot­tles. An­other tal­ented man from the cou­ple’s Amish con­struc­tion crew cus­tom-made the base­ment bar from left­over wal­nut and cherry floor­ing.

The home, con­structed with D-shaped eastern white pine logs with an in­ter­lock­ing cor­ner and fin­ished with CTA Prod­ucts Group’s Out­last Q8 nat­u­ral oil stain, boasts gen­uine hard­wood floor­ing through­out. Wal­nut was used up­stairs and in the main liv­ing area. The breezeway, mas­ter bed­room and base­ment are cherry. “We pur­pose­fully chose dif­fer­ent types of wood to cre­ate con­trast,” ex­plains Joe.

Given that the mas­ter bath­room is rich with wood, to help break up the room a bit the cou­ple in­stalled earthy brown, red and or­ange dry-stack stone by Dutch Qual­ity Stone on the wall be­hind the tub.

“We rocked the wood around the door­way into the kitchen and the back­splash in the kitchen, so we fig­ured why not do the same in the bath­room?” Hope ex­plains.

For the fire­place, again they turned to Dutch Qual­ity Stone’s prod­uct, “Si­enna Cas­tle,” a look

sim­i­lar to lime­stone with beau­ti­ful muted earth tones.

The cou­ple’s two chil­dren — Grant, 4 and Cade, 2 — weren’t for­got­ten in the in­te­rior de­sign process. Since Grant likes fish­ing, hunt­ing and camp­ing, Hope thought it would be fun to in­cor­po­rate a tent into his bed­room’s de­sign. Her mom, Carol, a cre­ative spirit, ran with it and fash­ioned a canopy tent above the up­per por­tion of the bed.

“She made it ten times bet­ter than any­thing I could have en­vi­sioned,” says Hope.

And that’s quite a tes­ta­ment, when you con­sider that this mag­i­cal log home is the re­al­iza­tion of years of plan­ning, dream­ing and vi­sions of the fu­ture.

Set on nine acres of wooded coun­try­side, the Brew­sters’ home is ad­ja­cent to 130 acres of sur­round­ing land that Hope’s dad owns. The cou­ple pur­chased 50 acres of con­nect­ing farm­land so that they could raise cat­tle on the prop­erty.

LEFT: The Brew­sters wanted to in­cor­po­rate pops of color into the home — par­tic­u­larly turquoise, Hope’s fa­vorite. They in­stalled an is­land, painted slate blue, then chose Spec­trus leathered gran­ite coun­ter­tops, which in­fuse both shades of tan and splashes of turquoise into the tex­tured, swirled pat­tern. ABOVE: The din­ing room of­fers gor­geous views of the rolling land­scape and abun­dant wildlife that reg­u­larly me­an­der the prop­erty. Note the in­tri­cate ceil­ing.

LEFT, CLOCK­WISE: The red tent-themed bed was in­spired by Hope and Joe’s el­dest son’s love of the out­doors. Their 4-yearold avid fish­er­man/hunter/cam­per en­joys pre­tend­ing to snooze be­neath the stars.

While se­lect­ing fur­nish­ings, the cou­ple stum­bled upon an old poker ta­ble at an auc­tion, which they snatched up and re­fur­bished — a per­fect ad­di­tion to the tongue-and-groove clad man cave.

Though the Brew­sters chose to steer clear of the pop­u­lar “bear and moose” mo­tif, they were not op­posed to in­fus­ing some loghome stand­bys, in­clud­ing tro­phy mounts, over­sized rus­tic bar­rels and weath­ered an­tique signs.

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