Best Log Home, 3001-4,000 Square Feet
As the name suggests, the DeSocio II is an enlarged version taken from an original design. It was conceptualized by Larry Bell of Volunteer Log Homes, an independent dealer of Honest Abe Log Homes, and customers Pete and Trish DeSocio. The design was so exceptional, the plan took home the award for Best Log Home, 3001-4,000 Square Feet in the Jerry Rouleau Awards for Excellence in Marketing and Home Design, presented by the BSC and Log Homes Council.
The DeSocios constructed a smaller version of the home several years ago. They loved it so much that they chose to return to Larry Bell and Honest Abe to create a larger footprint around the same basic design. The original home was featured in the April 2008 issue of Log Home Design magazine. This home, the DeSocio II, was featured in the July 2011 edition of Log Cabin Homes magazine.
The home was constructed in two phases. The garage and bonus room were constructed first, using full-log construction along with heavy-timber ceiling beam and roof systems. The logs are a 6"x12" chinked log system that was hand-hewn inside and out. The ceiling beam system and roof system were designed to be the same product to be used when constructing the second phase of the residence.
Designed around the enjoyment of the great outdoors, along with entertaining friends and family, the DeSocio II incorporates a wraparound porch/deck combination, along with an attached stairway to the bonus room above the garage.
An exterior wood-burning stone fireplace faces the covered porch and provides a cozy gathering place for enjoying the views on crisp days. All this outdoor enjoyment is made easily accessible, considering each of the main rooms incorporates a door leading to the exterior—seven in total—to circle the main residence. The rear elevation has an extending gable roof which covers a multilevel porch, customized onsite by the builder, which leads into the home’s double-door entrance.
Another focus of the design is to bring family and friends together through an open great room, dining area and kitchen. Spiral stairs lead to the loft, which eliminates dividing the rooms as a traditional stairwell would do. The loft provides an escape to relax and enjoy the view, and the builder made special modifications on site to build in four twin size bunk beds for additional sleeping accommodations. The master bedroom suite is located in one wing of the house, while two guest rooms the other wing.