Thoughts & Musings

Out With the Old, In With the New

March 1, 2017

Custom design build cedar home

It’s hard to believe that a dated ‘70s-style tri-level house used to sit on Carl and Kim Reid’s 2.5-acre property on the shores of Burt Lake in northern Michigan. The new home they built on the lakeside, a 6,000-square-foot log lodge, blends naturally into the landscape — like it’s been there for years.

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STOW IT!…Garage Storage Systems

February 22, 2017

However good your garage looks from the outside organizing pros estimate that only 30 percent of us store our cars in the garage. The reason? Too much stuff.

For most homeowners, even log home owners, the garage is the black hole of their home’s universe. Unwanted items from all other areas of the house are brought in, stacked and forgotten until one day you open the door, look in and realize you can’t see from one side to the other. If this sounds familiar to you, a garage storage system could transform your dark abyss into an attractive, orderly space that you might even enjoy spending time in. Read more

A Hidden, Custom Home

February 15, 2017

Custom timber frame home When David and Deborah Bender were searching for property to custom build a vacation home, they had one goal in mind: to get as far away as possible from their home in Alabama. If they were hoping for a change of scenery, that’s exactly what they got. The Benders traded the Gulf Coast for the craggy peaks of the Rocky Mountains on 86 isolated acres outside of Telluride, Colorado. Read more

What Goes Around, Comes Around

February 8, 2017

Old-school Valentine’s Dinner

Smoked butterscotch light Frappuccino. Barbecued pork belly, kimchee coleslaw and fried clam sushi roll. Everything but the kitchen sink Bloody Marys. Often, the venues are as trendy as these offering. Read more

Timber Retreat for A Globe-Trotting Couple

February 1, 2017

Exterior, horizontal, side elevation. Whitestone residence. Town and Country Cedar Homes.

Bruce and Gloria Whitestone have traveled the world, but when it came time to select a location for their vacation home, they were drawn to the Telluride, Colorado, area. Perhaps it was the region’s spectacular views and endless activities that stole their hearts. Or maybe it was the picturesque setting that’s often compared to Switzerland. Chances are, it was a bit of both. Read more

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