Satisfying the Senses

Wilber and Sarah Bontrager built more than a house on their 85-acres of land in northern Indiana, just minutes from the Michigan border. Their 5,000-square-foot Northern White Cedar log home is an experience that tickles all of the senses.

See: The log home is certainly a sight to behold. Perched atop a sandy hillside, the Bontrager residence features Town + Country Cedar Homes’ innovative hybrid log construction, which combines logs with a conventional insulated wood frame. There are many benefits to this building style: it’s energy efficient, reduces the risk of settling, and allows homeowners to use a variety of building materials for internal and external walls.

Touch & Smell: One of the materials the Bontragers used extensively throughout their home was Northern White Cedar. This high-quality wood creates a variety of textures outdoors, from the exterior shingles to the scribed tree-trunk trusses and flared posts that grace the front entry and outdoor gazebo. Inside, you can catch distinct smells of cedar all around you, from the wall paneling and railings to tongue-and-groove ceilings and impressive hand-scribed trusses.

Hear: Beautiful slate flooring leads from the home to the outdoor living spaces where you can sit and enjoy the relaxing sounds of a bubbling waterfall and trickling stream. This stream winds around the Bontrager residence and ends at a pond at the back of the property.

When it comes to taste its perfectly clear — the Bontrager home is brimming with it.

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

    ~ Tom H.