Thoughts & Musings

A Fresh Start

July 6, 2017

When a fire destroyed Steve and Janet Swanson’s traditional three-story home on Walloon Lake in Michigan, they turned tragedy on its head by taking the opportunity to build a new custom log home on their lakefront property that made up for the shortfalls of the other. Some of their requirements: a more authentic lake atmosphere, more living space and a log home — a sweet reminder of a house Janet’s parents once owned on the lake.

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Badda Book, Badda Boom

June 28, 2017

Cedar Airbnb – no sales pitch necessary

Airbnb has opened up a world of travel possibilities. We are no longer locked into hotel locations, prices or having to be sold by the latest chain marketing pitch. And, while the company and hosts have given more options in crowded cities and standard travel spots, they’ve also provided some off-the-beaten-path locals and experiences. Read more

Long-Distance Design and Build

June 22, 2017

Florida residents Diane and Herman Klemick didn’t want their second home to be steps away from a beach where they could sink their toes in the sand. Their dream locale was colder and snow-covered — and within walking distance to ski lifts.

For a few years, the couple searched for ski-in/ski-out properties in Mountain Village near Telluride, Colorado. Finally, they found a property that was practically perfect: surrounded by forest, views of mountain peaks and chair lift access to one side. All it was missing was a custom log home.

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Need a Lift?

June 14, 2017

No, not the Uber or Red Bull kind, we’re talking boats and personal watercraft.

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Natural Beauty in the Blue Ridge Mountains

June 7, 2017

When Mike and Linda Farrow were seeking escape from sweltering summers in Memphis, Tennessee, they set their sights east to North Carolina’s beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. When they found the land to build their second house within those hills, they headed north to Michigan’s Town + Country Cedar Homes.

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