Out With the Old, In With the New

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.

That was the Reid’s goal when they decided to tear down their vacation house and rebuild. Whatever they constructed, they wanted it to complement the rustic, backcountry charm of the area while offering modern conveniences. A new log home, they decided, was the perfect fit.

All they needed was the perfect design and build company, which turned out to be Town + Country Cedar Homes. Together with Town + Country, the Reids refined and customized a plan that features all of the elements you’d expect to find in a lodge-inspired log home — floor-to-ceiling windows, impressive fieldstone fireplaces, 25-foot vaulted ceilings, and massive king post trusses — and some you don’t — an elevator and a sauna, a unique octagonal turret and a mixed media interior finish (half-drywall and half-log walls).

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

    ~ Tom H.