ABOUT WOOD AND STONE
For decor choices, the couples research binders served them well. “One thing we learned when compiling all these things was to not have too much wood in a log home. So most of our interior walls are drywall, so we can paint and change the color whenever we want to,” says Barbara.
The log construction is pine, but the couple chose hickory tor their hardwood floors. “A nice thing about hickory is that everything seems to go with it because it has so many different wood tones,” says Barbara. Hie beautiful stone wall beneath the staircase was also her idea. “1 had seen that in a magazine, she says.
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THE GOOD LIFE
Pontoon boat tours through the Chain O’Lakes are a staple ol life here. “We never get tired of it,” Tom said. Their daughters Nikki and Tami visit with their families every summer. “We like to just float around in the lake together like otters,” laughs Barbara. The gang floats near the dock on blow-up rafts, she says, “eating, drinking, sunbathing, talking, and singing songs.
“As much as we love summer and having the kids here, fall is gorgeous,” adds Tom. “In October, we take the canoe to the upper chain, which consists of five lakes. It’s pristine there no motors, few homes. We bring a picnic basket, and it’s just great,” Tom said, beaming.
“Its like we’re on a permanent vacation,” agrees Barbara. “We never have to go anywhere because it’s here. Everyone can come to us.”
DREAM REALIZED: RETIRING ON THE LAKE SOS
This cabin may be small, but it’s big on enjoyment for family and friends.