Greg MacDonald wanted to combine all the above “features” in one project. The starting point was to look for a suitable property, which he found near Tobermory ON, a beautiful community at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula, which separates Lake Huron and Georgian Bay in Ontario.
Deciding on a style and manufacturer for his planned cottage was not easy. Greg always wanted a log home, so he started his research, visiting well known log home manufacturers like Confederation Log Homes, Linwood Homes and Colonial Concepts, analyzing their offers and comparing prices. Greg was surprised that all these log homes were much more expensive then he had expected.
At the Cottage Life show in Toronto he became aware of EcoLog Homes. What Greg liked most about these unusual homes was:
Use of square logs with chinking, the “EcoLog Look”. It's very different, but anybody he has shown some pictures is surprised and likes it
Sustainability aspects of EcoLog homes
Rustic look of the exposed roof trusses, especially in the loft, where other log homes use mostly frame construction
Design flexibility of a custom home with many benefits of prefabricated homes
Greg signed up to buy an EcoLog home kit, and started the detailed design process. Besides being used as a weekend and vacation retreat, his new cottage should be more than a “cabin in the woods”. He wanted to create a lasting investment with good resale value. Therefore the design had to support different concepts like “one floor living”. The outcome of his design and planning work together with EcoLog was a log home floorplan with following features:
1230 sqft footprint, main area 24' x 28', with two 20' x 14' wings
spacious open concept kitchen and living room with high open ceiling in the living room
master bedroom with en-suite on main level
Two bedrooms, a large full bathroom and a loft space overlooking the living room below
When I asked Greg what his friends say about his new home, he invited me to his Facebook page, where he recently posted some pictures of his EcoLog home. I saw lots of positive and enthusiastic comments, here are a few examples: