A Log House Upon a Hill
When prospective homebuyers look for a new home, they usually have a primary purpose in mind for the dwelling. Some are looking for a main residence, for example, while others are looking for a vacation retreat. Often, homebuyers want something that will suit them now as well as in their future retirement. This home, designed for a site in Vermont, had to serve all these purposes – to currently function as a retreat while also being suitable as a retirement home. Let’s look at what makes this Real Log Home tick.
From the exterior rendering, you notice that this home will be sited on a slope. In fact, it will be situated on top of a hill that affords grand views of both the Vermont and New Hampshire landscape. This exposed location at a windy site means that protection from the elements is essential. The weather, however, is no match for this log home’s robust construction. With its SIP roof, triple-glazed windows and tight-fitting logs, this home is a comfortable escape from a blustery winter storm or sweltering summer day.
The home is constructed in a cross-gable design, which means that all the rooms get cathedral ceilings. As is common in many cross-gable homes, the central area is the public space, while one of the side gables forms the master suite. The remaining side gable houses a mudroom off the informal entry to the home, as well as a laundry room, full bathroom with linen closet and guest bedroom.
In the central section is a large, 476 square foot great room area. While this room of course features cathedral ceilings and a large bank of windows to take in the views, the standout feature is a double-sided fireplace located in the center of the home. This impressive stone structure will allow for fires simultaneously for the great room and the kitchen/dining space on the other side.
The master suite wing has all the amenities one expects in a modern home, with a large bedroom area, walk-in closet and master bath with separate shower and soaker tub. The home also features a wraparound deck that circles the entire home, except for the bathrooms. The basement of the home is exposed on the downslope side, clad in stone and board and batten siding. A utility garage door provides access to the basement from the outside.
We hope you’ve liked this look at a Real Log Home soon to be built in Vermont. If this home interests you, or gives you ideas for a log home of your own, please contact Real Log Homes for more information.