Manufacturer: Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes
Builder: Todd and Brandon Mitchell
Location: Blue River, Oregon
After wildfires destroyed their vacation getaway log home and the trees on their heavily wooded, riverfront lot, Frank and Betsy Pitcher knew they would rebuild.
Frank and Betsy maintained their original footprint and designed their new home around an existing foundation. In this story-and-a-half log home by Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes, the couple appreciates 1,202 square feet of living space plus an additional 462 square feet of outdoor living space. The log home has two bedrooms — one on the first level and one upstairs plus one and a half baths.
To take full advantage of their incredible view, the home was built with a wall of glass overlooking the water. Frank and Betsy also incorporated a timber porch that spans the front of the home. The porch features simple post and beam construction with strategically placed timbers that don't interrupt the view through the living room windows. There are two additional small porches situated at entry points that provide shelter from elements and interest to the façade. The private balcony situated off the upstairs bedroom is the ideal location to enjoy the crisp morning air or a night cap.
Though modest in size, the floor plan maximizes use of the space expertly. The cathedral ceiling and vast wall of glass in the living area yield an abundance of natural light. This welcoming area features a stunning view of the river and mountain — still charred from the devastating fires. This living area extends into a spacious kitchen that’s splashed with style and color.
At the rear of the home, a conveniently located entryway/mudroom is situated. This area includes ample space for a washer/dryer, half bath and storage.
The home is built with 8x8 D-shaped premium-grade kiln-dried engineered logs with a mortise-and-tenon corner assembly. Facilitating the construction of Frank and Betsy’s new home was a father-son team of Todd and Brandon Mitchell.