Mike remembers all throughout his childhood, family vacations along the chains of tranquil lakes and the plentiful wildlife of the national forests bordering the Northwoods in Wisconsin. It was these memories that spurred him and his wife, Gayle, to search for a piece of property in Eagle River. The property they chose sits on 4-acres of south-facing waterfront property on the largest chain of lakes in the U.S. With such excellent scenery and fishing available, Mike and Gayle knew they needed an attractive, large-scale wood home to complement their location. Here is the couple’s story of building their ideal wood home with PrecisionCraft.
What made you choose to work with PrecisionCraft?
Mike and Gayle – We chose PrecisionCraft after much research via log home seminars and magazines. We knew the kind of look and feel we wanted our home to exude, and found that idea to be best matched with PrecisionCraft’s talent and experience.
Part of our decision making process was actually meeting all of the people at PrecisionCraft, touring their manufacturing facility in Idaho, and viewing several homes they built. We were very impressed by their team and knew we had made the right choice.
You based your design off of the Cedar Falls, what inspired you most about this concept?
Mike and Gayle – We wanted a home that was big, yet practical. We were immediately attracted to the Cedar Falls because it had a striking prow roofline and great room that was optimum for our views. The layout was also practical as it was more or less conducive to our lifestyle.
What were the most important features you wanted your design to include?
Mike and Gayle – The space that was most important to us was the main living area – great room, kitchen, and dining spaces. We wanted this area to have a ‘wow’ factor while being completely open to make socializing more comfortable for when we entertain guests. We also wanted our design to include large scale logs and wide scallop adzing. Our designer achieved both of these goals with a great layout and a hybrid building style that combined exposed timber beams and trusses, milled and adzed log walls, and iron supports.
In its completed state, what is your favorite part about your hybrid log and timber home?
Mike and Gayle—We just love the size, scale, and beauty of the exposed timbers and support elements. They create such an impactful image, especially from the kitchen looking out over the great room and beyond to our scenic property.
Anything else you would like to add?
The entire building process with PrecisionCraft and our local builder went extremely well. We love our PrecisionCraft home and get lots of compliments on it. Often time’s people say it is the most beautiful home on the chain and we tend to agree. Thank you PresicionCraft!
Want to see more? Check out Mike and Gayle’s Wisconsin Hybrid Home photo gallery.