Animal Instinct

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.

Winkaway Woods features many of the amenities you’d expect to find in a hunting lodge: A large stone fireplace for warming up after cold expeditions; six bedrooms, including bunkrooms, and four bathrooms to accommodate large hunting parties (22 overnight guests, to be exact); and ample recreational space in which to gather at the end of a long day.

The one thing you won’t stumble upon while exploring Winkaway Woods is a trophy room. Instead, Town + Country incorporated impressive museum-worthy mounts throughout the home. Wild game, from bears and sheep to coyote and elk, are on display in the bedroom and around the fireplace. They greet visitors at the front door and on the staircase.

They may have been lost, but the Winkels knew what they wanted the minute they stumbled upon that log house model. Town + Country just led them home.

Download the PDF to tour the home.

I have more questions and concerns about getting an oil-change than I do about this project.

~ Tom H.

<p>Did you get anywhere close to the dream? THAT is the understatement of the year! You blew us away with what you drew up in such a short time!</p>
<span>~ Bill N. and Margaret B.</span>

Did you get anywhere close to the dream? THAT is the understatement of the year! You blew us away with what you drew up in such a short time!

~ Bill N. and Margaret B.

My friends still can’t believe you let me go out into the Cedar swamps to pick out my own twigs and branches for the home!

~ Claire E.

You all are going to think I am just some crazy old lady; I cry every time I walk in here. This is just so unbelievable! I’m just so happy!...

~ Nancy R.