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"Find Your Bliss with a Log Cabin"

June/July 2008, Treasure Magazine


Milled Log HomeThe Wikfors turned to PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes to make their dream happen, and in 2005 their vacant lot in Donnelly was transformed into a vacation property, complete with an A-frame log cabin home.

“We wanted a getaway place that really fit the environment we were building in,” Susan Wikfors says. “We wanted it to look like a mountain retreat and not a home you’d find in a neighborhood in Boise.”

The Wikfors did their homework before making the final choices on their home’s design. They toured other PrecisionCraft homes and worked with a team to learn more about their options, such as different wood species and log cuts available for building.

Careful planning is an important step for anyone interested in building a log home, says Jim Young, PrecisionCraft’s president. Young also is the president of M.T.N Design, a company that is designed to work in tandem with PrecisionCraft, providing the design of the homes.

Employees from both businesses work with clients through each step of the process to ensure a good experience. In addition, PrecisionCraft helps clients select an experienced log home builder.

“It is a phased approach so the customer knows what they’re getting into before they commit to resources,” Young says. “The more planning we can put into it, the higher level of customer satisfaction there will be.”

As the Wikfors studied log homes to decide what they wanted in their own retreat, they learned about the small details that can give each home a distinctive look, such as natural tones on wood textures that give the home a sense of warmth.

“The first time we walked into a log cabin, we knew right away that was the look and feel we wanted to pursue,” she says. The Wikfors wanted to use natural elements in their home’s construction, so the cabin doesn’t contain any drywall. Instead, the interior walls are cedar tongue and groove. The floors are hickory hardwood. A natural sealant will help preserve the color and quality of the wood.

Each PrecisionCraft home is custom-designed, making it one-of-a-kind. A company’s Web site is often a good starting point for people doing research, because if someone sees a home he or she likes, it can be designed with the individual elements that suit each client’s personality and lifestyle. Young suggests doing plenty of research before committing to a specific style. Look through magazines and cut out pictures of elements you like, such as a fireplace. During that research, learn what style best suits your personality. Most customers come to PrecisionCraft with some type of vision for what they want in a home, Young says.

“Then it is a matter of taking that vision and putting it down on paper,” Young says. “You can really make it whatever you want.”

For the Wikfors, that meant building a home that would serve as a family retreat. The cabin is on property that borders Lake Cascade Reservoir, so the Wikfors spend plenty of time sailing and enjoying the water during summer months. In the winter they enjoy skiing and snowshoeing. Susan Wikfors estimates they spend at least two weekends a month at the cabin, and two or three full weeks throughout the year. It is a balance between time spent indoors and outdoors, and as they had hoped in the beginning, the cabin has truly become a retreat.

“If our weeks have been really hectic, just spending time there is very rejuvenating.” Susan Wikfors says. “I always say that time has a different cadence in a log cabin. It just slows down completely.”