Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Log Home Tour, Part 1: Entry

We just passed the 3rd anniversary of living in the
log home
 our family hand built over a period of 6 years.

I think it takes me at least two years to really settle into a home, 
so after three years,
I can confidently say that all things are as they should be- where they need to be. 
 It has been and whole lot of fun decorating the lodge,
 and there are so many things to show ya all, that we will take it in turns.

 For starters, the porch and entry way.

Winter porch

The front porch is our outdoor living room in the summer,
a work area and wood storage in the winter.
 We built it in scale to the lodge, which is 36x36,
so the porch is 12x36, which seems real big!

  I had defended the idea of a 12' porch by saying that nearly all porches are too small,
 and I desired this porch to accommodate all the seasons with all our family, so 12' it is.

  When we first began designing the house plans, we wanted to take into account the pattern of the sun in each season and arrange the position of the lodge accordingly. 
 The porch gets morning sun, and by noon is in shade for the rest of the day,
 staying cool in the heat of summer.  
It is also on the opposite side of the house as the weather hits,
 so in winter, ice and snow do not blow into it.
  I love our porch.
This is where we park first thing in the morning come a fine summer day.
The summer porch is a great place to take in the sunrise with Bible and coffee.

Summer porch

This too, is where we find ourselves for breakfast, lunch, and dinner a good portion of the warm season.
The rocking chairs are the perfect place to wait out a terrific summer thunderstorm,
 read to the children, or visit with a friend.

The entry is 12x12.  
The coat closet on the right side and the bathroom door on the left side,
 there is enough room for us all to enter the house and take off our boots and coats 
(which are generally worn 7 or 8 months a year).  
One coat closet is never enough in a big family,
 and this is one area I would do differently in hindsight, and may actually be having some changes in the near future to accommodate a more farm like lifestyle.  

The oak dresser (left) was my grandma's 
and is the general dump off place when we come in the door for keys, sunglasses and such. 

 The bathroom adjacent houses a three drawer dresser that holds all the hats, mittens, boot socks,
 and littles shoes and slippers.

Many of the doors, lights, cabinets, and bathroom fixtures throughout the lodge came from salvage stores.  We were able to save a great deal of money when building by purchasing such things when we saw them, not necessarily when we were ready to install them.
 Our kitchen cabinets, and some of the lights, for example.
 sat in storage for a few years (after purchase) before installation.
The front door, bathroom door, and closet doors are all salvaged.

So here we are at the end of this tour.

Welcome to Providence Lodge!

Next time I will take you through the kitchen.
See you there!


  1. Thanks so much for the tours you are giving! I love log homes and it would be a dream come true for me and my family!Right now we are living Army life and I miss my country life soooo much! Ill be waiting for your next post.

  2. Can't wait to see the rest of your lovely home! :)

  3. Oh, Thank you! I've so wanted to ask you for a tour of your home and now I can see it.

    Your front porch is just beautiful. I'm currently asking my hubby for a large, big, beautiful porch.

    I've gathered snippets of beauty each time you right. You have a beautiful home and God has so blessed you and your family.

    I will be looking forward to your next post!


  4. Its a wonderful home...I love a log house..always have,but I am thankful for my old mobile home too :) Blessings

  5. I can't wait to see more. Your home is lovely.

  6. It's wonderful!

    I think that thrifting doors and buying light fixtures on sale is great!

    It is warm and inviting...

    Can't wait to see more!


  7. Dear sister Julianne, great photo's of your family and the house you have in the woods. I am so glad to stop by your blog and view your family as well as your home in the woods. Well I am in the Pastoral ministry for a last 33 yrs in the great city of Mumbai a city with great contrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor live. We reach out to the porest of poor with the love of Christ to bring healing to the broken hearted and to give new life, hopoe, futures and purpose in their lives. We also encourage young as well as adults from the West to come on a short term missions trip to work with us. We would love to have your young teenaged children come alongwith their friends on a short term missions trip to work with us. I would be so glad to visit you as I am coming to the States in the month of July 2013 and share more about our ministry to the poorest of poor in the slums of Mumbai. My email id is: dhwankhede(a)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede.Looking forward to hear from you very soon.

  8. I love your log cabin. Just looking at it feels warm and has lots of love. I hope know that we are keeping your husband in our prayers.

  9. Oh how inviting your porch looks! What wisdom in pre-planning outdoor living space. And I am very impressed with the details of figuring out the sun placement when building the foundation of your home. There is something very Biblical about putting that much thought and preparation into the location of the foundation! ;-) Thanks for the tour.

  10. Oh I just love your blog!! I have been away for a while and not able to read it. This morning I took time before church to catch up! I love the beautiful foundation you and your husband have made for your family! I adore your home and all the little ones. (ours are in college and preparing for marriage) Also keeping your husband in prayer, thankful we know we can turn to our Heavenly Father in good times and in times of need. Love love your home. Makes me want to video mine for you!! Love and joy and continued blessings, gayla


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