Modern times boast a lot of benefits, but we all feel fed up with the rat race at times. We're here to say you can have it both ways now: If camping can go glamorous — hello, glamping — then log cabins can go luxurious.
Log homes, from cabin level to castle, might be rooted in the past but they are experiencing a sort of rebirth right now. Why? Homes create havens for shared experiences, can be passed down to the next generation and nurture happy memories.
Eloghomes.com seems to understand that and strives to deliver "diversity, transparency, and completeness" with their log kits featuring beautiful, affordable and energy-efficient homes. With more than 300 designs, from the Campfire style to the Casa Grande to the River View, they aim to make dreams come true.
Now comes the best part, picking a design that fits your style and vision, not to mention pocketbook. Join us on a tour of The River View:
This 2,040-square-foot design combines a log fort vibe with a house floor plan: The three bedrooms are to the left, with the main living spaces in the middle, and a garage and utility room to the right. It's functional and rustic, a perfect blend.
In the great room, there is a mix of modern and traditional. A flat-screen TV keeps the media lover happy, while French doors let in light and the flora and fauna. Can't you imagine spotting a deer or two outside one morning?
The dining area evokes the feel of a great hall ("Harry Potter" anyone?) and builds a sense of community with the table at its center. A magnificent stone fireplace helps turns back the clock and delivers some soothing warmth.
The spacious master bedroom features logs accents, plenty of windows and access to the back deck, as well as an attached master bathroom.
This design's blueprints show how a log home can fulfill the owner's modern needs — there are three bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms — but hark back to a simpler era of resilience.
Just so you know, the FAQs page lists nine parts to the "log home materials package," including "all treated material that connects the foundation to the floor system or outside decks." There are a couple of different packages, and you can get help finding a general contractor, too.
Eloghomes.com's Facebook page, which touts the "spectacular custom interior possibilities with your new River View" model, is popular with log home fans too.
"That is what I want for my birthday," notes Shirley Buchanan. Here's hoping someone grants her wish!