Jackson Hole Haven - A Custom Handcrafted Log Home Lodge
It is easy to be inspired by this amazing log home, located in the shadow of the Tetons in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. However, this story is about what originally inspired the McKinneys to build their dream lodge, and how their dream came alive.
Inspired by: Our Nation's Heritage
Large, hand hewn logs, spacious interiors, and a real sense of belonging. These are characteristics of the American log home lodge, and what first inspired Mr. McKinney to someday build his own log home.
"As a youth my family would take vacations to the National Parks in the West. I was always fascinated by the massive lodges built in the early 20th century," says McKinney.
The McKinneys worked directly with M.T.N Architects to design a home that reminded him of everything he loved about those lodges from childhood.
"There are no machined logs," he says, "they are all hand-peeled. The home has six floor to ceiling fireplaces with Montana moss rock and massive stone lintels and mantels. The great room has 25 foot ceilings with a commanding fireplace and wide open views to the Tetons."
Inspired by: The Teton Mountains
This is the spectacular view from the McKinney's property in Wyoming. It is a view Mr. McKinney fell in love with as a boy, during one of the many trips his family took through the West.
"When I decided to find a spot to own a vacation home, I looked at sites in several Western States. Jackson Hole remained my favorite," says McKinney.
The McKinneys originally purchased a lot high on a hill overlooking the Tetons. "When the PrecisionCraft folks came out to look at my site they gave me the bad news that my dream design was not architecturally congruent with the property," recalls McKinney. "Fortunately, I was able to find a terrific spot just 300 feet from the Snake River, with a robust view of the Tetons."
With his land secure and his design complete, the final touches could now be added to their home.
Inspired by: Western Character
Already inspired by the rugged Wyoming landscape and the traditions of western lodges, the McKinneys used this character as a focal point of their home's interior design.
“The look I wanted to accomplish was that this home would resemble the look of a National Park Lodge and that it would appear to be 100 years old when I moved in."
"We incorporated hand scrapped walnut floors and very distressed doors." McKinney says. "Our bath even includes shingles and logs reclaimed from Old Faithful Lodge."
Every aspect of their home incorporates this theme, from the cowhide chairs to the decorative western stair lights. Take a photographic tour of their home to see more.