Cabin Like Houses

DESIGNING A DREAM

Originally, the Langs planned to build a traditional full log cabin. But the vision evolved as the)7 studied log home magazines and clipped photos of elements the)’ liked. Incorporating different features, the couple arrived at a unique design for their dream retreat.

After interviewing a number of builders, they clicked with Tomahawk Log & Country Homes outside Wausau. Sales manager and design consultant Troy Gullo worked with Randy and Janelle on their design. In the end, the Langs came up with about 90 percent of the design, with a few elements added by Tomahawk.

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Their cabin is a hybrid form featuring plenty of wood, stone, and log accents inside and out. Tomahawks patented construction system combines conventionally framed and insulated stud walls with handhewn, half-log sheathing and full log corners. “It has the timber-frame look in some areas, and the log look in certain areas,” says Gullo. “Many different elements were mixed within to give it its striking appearance, but cozy feel.” there were a few “must haves” for rhe Langs when building their permanent cabin. On the w’ish list: a lake view from the primary rooms. The great room, dining room, and kitchen are all open and look out to the lake. Plus, the master bedroom contains a number of windows on the lake side of the cabin. “It was real important to us that we had a lot of windows in the home, Janelle says. The large window grouping in the great room was Randy’s idea and design.

Top: The Langs designed their one-floor home to remain comfortable for them as they age.

Bottom: Personal touches make the Langs’ cabin truly one of a kind.

The great room is perfect for gathering family to enjoy a fire on a crisp fall day.

The screened porch was essential, too. It gets used year-round. “When you live in the Northwoods, and you have mosquitoes in the summer, you need to have a screen porch,” Janelle explains.

The couple also wanted wood-burning stone fireplaces in the great room and on the screened porch. In the cooler seasons, the fireplace makes the porch a favorite spot to sit and relax. {A lower-level fireplace is gas, so Randy and Janelle don’t have to carry wood down the stairs.)

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