The Log Home Council of the National Association of Home Builders recently published data indicating that more than 25,000 new logs homes are sold each year. Over the last three years r close to fifty homes with some type of log exterior were sold along the Indiana and Michigan shoreline ranging in price from $139,000 to over $1 million. These days America's passion with log homes is all grown up. There are lovingly restored and renovated vintage log homes with updated conveniences and extraordinary modern rustic homes confidently labeled as luxury, "environmentally green" and energy efficient.
There are many styles of log exterior homes. Some made of flat cut logs assembled with "dovetailed" corners, others stacked with alternating logs extending to the corners called "butt and pass" and still others clad with "half log" siding systems. And then there is what many log home aficionados call the king of all log homes. "Full round log" homes assembled in a "saddle notched" interlocking pattern made with very large logs sporting the natural round log showing through from the interior and exterior of the home.
There are numerous examples of fine log homes and in next week's issue of The New Buffalo Times we'll take you inside 11587 Riviera Drive in New Buffalo Township where you'll learn more about how modern rustic living meets luxury getaway home just a short walk from one of the finest private association beaches in the area.
Here is a sneak peek: locally known as one of the best examples of full log home construction is the Riviera Log Cabin in New Buffalo Township. Much more than a cabin this 3,800 square foot luxury residence sits on one of the highest points in the Lake Michigan Riviera Community...