Thoughts & Musings

Animal Instinct

November 15, 2017

As an experienced big-game hunter, Tom Winkel probably doesn’t get lost in the woods too often. So, one might argue that when he and his wife, Carol, made a navigational error and stumbled upon a Town + Country Cedar Homes model in northern Michigan, something was drawing them to it. Once they stopped and toured the house, they knew. This would be their new home.

The couple worked with Town + Country to build a hunting lodge, Winkaway Woods, on 1,000 acres of private hunting and recreational land. The 6,200-square-foot home features a log wall system, crafted from custom-milled Northern White Cedar logs. This structure is beautiful and practical. The Northern White Cedar lends rustic, natural beauty along with durability, is easy to maintain and the T + C system adds energy efficiency. Read more


November 8, 2017

Interior design is all about how we experience spaces. It’s a powerful, essential part of our daily lives and affects how we live, work, play, and even heal. Comfortable homes, functional spaces, feeling – not the space, but how one feels in it…

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The Best of Both Worlds: Old World Craftsmanship Meets Modern Innovations

November 1, 2017

Wagner Vacation HomeFor Lore and John Wagner, deciding where to build their vacation home – a roughly 2,700-square-foot European-inspired timber cottage surrounded by beautifully rugged landscape and sand dunes – was easy. The two Michigan natives had spent considerable time vacationing in the Great Lakes region. Over time they not only fell deeper in love with the area but also decided that they wanted to call it home, at least part of the year.

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Fall Colors All Go With White

October 25, 2017

Autumn leaf color is a phenomenon that affects the normally green leaves of many deciduous trees and shrubs by which they take on, during a few weeks in the autumn season, various shades of red, yellow, purple, black, orange, pink, magenta, blue and brown. It only happens once a year and only lasts a few fleeting weeks. Add some deep blue skies and a back drop of one of our homes…

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Old World Elegance and Rustic Sophistication

October 18, 2017

When beginning the process of designing and building a new home, many homeowners know exactly what they want. Debbie Seelye is no exception, but when designing and building her gorgeous 5,200-square-foot log home near Kalamazoo, Michigan, she also knew what she did not want.

During many summers, Seelye and her family vacationed in the Lake Tahoe area, and it was there that she first became enamored with mountainside log cabins – and began thinking about the possibility of one day having her own log home. When Seelye did decide to build her home, rather than recreate the Western, mountain aesthetic of the cabins that had enchanted her in Lake Tahoe, Seelye instead wanted to create a home that is distinctly Michigan and distinctly “her.” Read more

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