Homeowners Sue and David were looking for the authentic charm of a rustic handcrafted log home. Although their handcrafted cabin is less than 2,500 square feet, it is big on style and comfort. Built on a beautiful piece of property in the Lemhi Range, just outside of Mackay, Idaho, this handcrafted home blends in with its surrounding landscape and captures the historic culture of an old mining town.
Inspired by: The Landscape
Surrounded by some of the highest peaks in Idaho, with access to Idaho’s finest rivers and headwaters, David and Sue's property in Central Idaho inspired the creation of a rustic log cabin get-away.
"We bought the property primarily to have a get-away for fishing and a place of solitude where we could enjoy the beautiful views," says David.
"We did not want a huge cabin, but one that was large enough to accommodate our children and grandchildren during their visits to Idaho in the summer." M.T.N Architects, PrecisionCraft’s exclusive design firm, worked with David and Sue to create a design that complemented their one-of-a-kind landscape. Starting with a floor plan from PrecisionCraft’s gallery, M.T.N Architects designed a home that David and Sue felt was perfect for them.
"We made sure that we incorporated a wrap-around deck into the plan," remembers Sue. "Today, we spend a lot of time on that deck, enjoying our 360 degree view." Their deck includes a hot tub and a double door entry from the master bedroom. (see images in floor plan showcase below)
Inspired by: The Historic Culture
The mining hill in Mackay was once the largest producer of copper in the state of Idaho. Although the mine was shut down over 30 years ago, the culture and history of that period had a strong influence on the look and feel of David and Sue’s home.
"There are still a lot of structures from the mining era," says David. "These buildings include log, weathered clapboard and rusted galvanized metal. We wanted a cabin that would fit into this theme - appearing to be 100 years old."
With weathered handcrafted logs, David and Sue’s home blends in perfectly with the surrounding mountains. And, keeping with the mining era theme, their home is finished with rusted metal roofing, windows with panes, and rustic interior finishes. "We wanted all the finishes to be as natural as possible," adds Sue. "Even the lighting was chosen to match the mining theme - indoors and out."
Even though the appearance is old, the quality of the build and home furnishings are modern. The log structure utilizes PrecisionCraft's patented Houseal Non-Settling System, the windows are much more efficient than traditional paned glass, and the appliances are top-of-the-line. "The cabin quality, provided by PrecisionCraft, is excellent," adds David. "We are very happy with our decision to go with PrecisionCraft."
Inspired by: The Outdoor Opportunities
When choosing a place to build a custom log or timber home many choose a location that offers their family the opportunity to participate in favorite outdoor activities. For David and Sue, the Mackay area has it all.
"Our cabin is a great get-away location," says David. "While we mostly fish and relax, the grandkids love to raft the river, fish, or ride ATV's up to the old mines."
The Lost River Valley is famous for fishing, so the river that runs next to their cabin makes it easy for Sue and David's family to take full advantage of something that the entire family can enjoy.
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