This exceptional Okanagan log home designed by Sticks and Stones Design Group is remotely located and perfectly situated to complement the natural surroundings of Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada. The 5,150 square foot, 4 bedrooms, 5 bathroom home fully utilizes its spectacular views. The architects design for the this vacationing family that loves the outdoors blends elements of rustic elegance juxtaposed with modern clean lines. It’s a sensational space where the rugged, tactile elements highlight the contrasting modern finishes.
Outside the great room, outdoor seating soaks up the sun and the mountain view. Careful location and orientation of the house in relation to the sun helps fully maximize the home’s access to natural daylight. High windows and sliding glass doors flood the home with sunshine.
The interior feels warm and rustic but has distinctly contemporary touches. A hand-forged chandelier in the entryway combines old-style techniques with a more modern design, echoing the home’s entire feel. The walnut staircase leads to a second-floor landing and lounge.
A galley-style kitchen uses the same flagstone flooring and dark wood that runs through the rest of the house.
The titanium granite counter continues in a waterfall effect on the backsplash behind the stove.
A living room with a stunning fireplace sits at the far end of the great room, surrounded by windows for light and views. Custom chairs in a brown and blue color palette and a slab-style coffee table tie this space in with the adjacent dining area.
A salvaged fallen tree was transformed into a one-of-a-kind dining table by Vancouver Island’s Live Edge Designs; it will last for generations. The tree was milled into massive slabs, then the wood was dried and finished.
The natural edges of reclaimed wood continue into the powder room, where a sculpted sink stand from Live Edge Designs steals the show.
The master bathroom, off the master bedroom, has a large soaking tub for ultimate relaxation. Stone tile, granite countertops and modern vessel sinks give the space a warm, contemporary look.
The master bedroom is Fisher’s favorite space in the house. “This bedroom is a true romantic escape,” she says. The bed has a clear view to the surrounding hills. A wood-burning fireplace, quiet sitting area and elegant dressing room complete the space.
One of two lofted bedrooms takes advantage of the home’s peaked roofline. A window seat above provides one of the home’s best views. The clients live overseas most of the time, so Fisher and her team often had limited ability to get in touch with them and had to make decisions on the fly. “They really trusted us to create this beautiful haven for them,” she says.
Just up the staircase in the entryway, several small seating areas have clear views of the great room below.
A side-by-side washer and dryer set makes room for folding counters and plenty of storage space in the downstairs laundry room.
Getting the right orientation on the site became one of the most important decisions. The settling of the log house had to be taken into account as well — in a log cabin, the logs settle into place over time, slowly reducing the height of the walls. The slip joint method of construction was used, so the logs will settle slowly, at their own natural pace.
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