Thoughts & Musings

This is the Pits

April 11, 2019

Bonfire season is fast approaching

(Note, for some of us the season lasts all year…)

Yes, we love to talk about our log homes and show off the old-school massive stone fireplaces that set the stage of our Great Rooms, or photograph the sleek linear designs of our Contemporary Mountain Home fireplaces; functional art at its best. But, many of our log home, timber home, natural wood home, White Cedar lovin’ clients are simply not the indoor type. “Get outside” is these client’s mantra. Outside to savor their morning cappuccino. Outside to read the latest Dan Brown novel or issue of Forbes. Outside to move, play, exercise, cook, eat, sip and, especially, socialize. And, just as the kitchen earns top spot for heart of the home, the firepit is the epicenter for this open-air bunch. Read more

“Can I Quote You on That?”

January 31, 2019

Log Home Illustration

Architecture — Log home design, Timber Frame design, Hampton style, Mountain Contemporary, Cottage and “Up North” style, to name a few of what we do; it’s quite the portfolio. The varied styles are as varied as our clients. Those clients all carry a “White Cedar dream home” in their minds, a long list of “I have to haves” in their notepads and a mind numbingly huge photo idea assemblage; it is up to us to put that jigsaw puzzle together and design, not just a house, but a home. It’s about a look. It’s about a feel. It’s about a feeling. Volumes have been written on the subject, from broad design greats as Francis D. K. Ching’s Architecture: Form, Space, and Order, to a favorite log home design specific reference, Teipner and Theide’s The Log Home Book, to the hundreds of trade journal articles – “Log Home Plan Favorites”, “Timber Frame Design Basics”, “Outdoor Kitchen Dos and Don’ts”, “Mountain Home Decorating Style”, and on and on. Many thoughts, many ideas… many opinions. And you know that old saying about opinions… Read more

Bathed in Luxury

January 8, 2019

… and surrounded by White Cedar.

We often begin and end our days in our bathrooms. While we want our baths to be functional, today we also want them to offer a modicum of comfort—even a sense of pampering. Spacious master bathrooms have become one of the most considered spaces in log home design; bathrooms are second only to kitchens when it comes to creating value and enjoyment in your White Cedar home. These often luxurious settings provide a refuge from hectic schedules and a place for pampering. In these spaces we can be assured privacy in an increasingly public world and stamp our unique identities in their finishes. Read more

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas …

December 11, 2018

A White Cedar One!

 

Cedar greetings to all!

Talkin’ Turkey

November 20, 2018

Here, at Town + Country Cedar Homes, we obsess. We obsess about wood. We obsess about design. We obsess about systems, planning and quality control. And at Thanksgiving time, we obsess about our turkey. This has been on our table for the past ten years. You’re welcome…

Maple-Brined, Wood-Smoked Grilled Turkey

By John Ash, Fine Cooking Magazine

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