A hand-hewn log structure “shell” on a former lakebed. The property is partially wooded, has poor drainage, and includes protected wetlands. The clients desired a modern interior that would compliment the traditional log structure. All elements had to accommodate the significant seasonal movement inherent in the logs.
A basic approach was developed to minimize contact between the interior elements and the log structure. This maximized the beauty of the logs, while minimizing the accommodation needed for their movement. All interior walls were picture-framed with fir trim, and flush panel fir cabinets were held within the trim. Copper slip joints at the tops of walls allow for structural movement and bring the exterior roofing material into the house. As a counterpoint to the logs, steel was used at the fireplace, loft ladders, entry screen, and staircase. These elements offer a more refined level of detailing than that offered by the logs, although they are scaled not to be dwarfed by them. The rest of the palette – fir floors, granite countertops, stone fireplace, and woven brass mesh – compliment both the logs and steel and create a bridge between them.