Exceptional architectural details meet storybook charm in this North Carolina bungalow, making it one of our editors’ favorite log homes of 2008. (The dramatic landscaping didn’t hurt either.)
Homeowner Cory Snow designed an 8,000-gallon water wonderland to accentuate the grounds of his 1,500 square foot Craftsman-style cabin.
The 32-foot-long front porch is a favorite place to enjoy the sights and sounds of the aqua-garden. The decking is treated lumber that Cory allowed to weather to a natural patina before he protected it with a clear-coat sealant. The ceiling is ceder.
The spruce logs were kept light and bright in the living areas. “Wood darkens with age,” advises Ted Ciolli, owner of BigLog Homes, the company behind the home’s design and construction.The owners chose to forgo a formal dining room, so the kitchen’s peninsula serves as the daily eating area. The cabinets are knotty pine and a manufactured countertop material mimics the coveted granite look at a lower price.
One of the home’s more opulent spaces, the master bath’s garden tub is nestled within a windowed bump-out and is framed by a hand- carved archway. The combination gives the small space a luxury spa feeling.