Log Home Living

007Four years ago, I really got a bug to have a house on the water. I am a Cancer and that means I am a water sign. I love the water. Nothing is more peaceful to me than being in front of a body of water, whether a pond, lake, ocean or pool. So, because the market was in the buyer’s favor we bought a small piece of property on a lake. I had no idea what I wanted to build, but after lots of research, I discovered Log Homes. They have always symbolized cozy, warm, inviting interiors and it was so different than anything we have ever owned before. We decided on a company that makes the entire kit. I got right to work; drafting a floor plan that was centered around a room that faced the water. My wish list included 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a loft area, a large walk-out deck and smaller covered porch. Just like the old Lincoln Log set, this house was delivered in one big bundle, all numbered and ready to go. We hired Joe Montana (no, not the football player) a long time friend and neighbor who owns Montana Contracting. Joe did all the prep work and construction of the house. Michael Sturgeon Construction, LLC did a lot of the finish work, including the hand pieced railing and custom gable, as drawn in the photo below. Once all the logs are stacked the house only needs a framed roof. There is no drywall anywhere. All interior walls are logs. The house is very energy efficient, very low maintenance and terrific for entertaining004

Above is the house after all logs were stacked and roof framing began.



The large deck is great for large parties or just lounging and is accessible from the great room and master bedroom.


The front Dutch door was purchased at an architectural salvage yard and had many coats of old ugly paint. The strap hinges were what convinced us to buy it. It is the highlight of the house.


Detail of the great craftsmanship. All these stones were from the property and artfully arranged to create the basement steps, side door and front entrances.


The front porch gets the late day sunsets and is accessible from the kitchen.



The two story great room has lots of windows and doors to enjoy the lake view.


The kitchen area is accessed through the front door as are most log homes.


The loft area sits above the kitchen


Detail of railing that was pieced together on site.





Michael’s talents are evident in this full page advertisement


What a thrill to be chosen for the cover!


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