This is one that I have wanted to model for a long time. .....
I grew up living in a log home on 80 acres of woods about 15 miles south of Traverse City, Michigan.
The house started out as a one room building in the early 30's and was added onto thru the years.
It sat in a natural clearing in the woods about 1/3 of a mile back off the road.
The house was built from ceder logs that were taken off the property.
My father sold the house and property to a couple from Ohio in 1965.
They used it for summer vacations and for deer hunting season and it sat empty the rest of the time.
In 1971 it was up for sale again ( for more than I could afford ) and Marie and I drove in and took some photos of the place.
Here are a couple of those photos.
Marie and I moved to Indiana in 1973 and lived there until 2000 when we moved back to the Traverse City area.
During that time the property had been sold about a half dozen times and most winters it sat empty because it was a big job trying to keep that long drive plowed.
The property has been for sale now for the last 5 years and the house hasn't been lived in for several years.
Last spring we drove back there again to see what the old place looked like and it was a very sad experience.
It doesn't look too bad in the photos that I took of the outside but I doubt if anyone will ever live in the house again.
There is about 6 foot of water in the basement and the floors and walls are warped and buckled on the inside from all the moisture.
Most of the windows and doors won't open or close from the warpage.
The interior is all varnished knotty pine and was a nice light blond color when I lived there.
Over the years is has darkened so much that is is almost chocolate brown now.
A room with a double glass door has been built onto the right side of the house.
In this photo you can see where the logs along the bottom must have rotted out and someone patched the area up.
You can also see where the roof was on the back of the original one room building.
Some of the foundation stones and the rear door step are falling away.
On the west side of the house, some one had cut the wall out and put in a longer window.
The worst looking modification is the "outhouse" setting up on the roof.
We had a big field-stone fireplace with the stone chimney extending up thru the roof.
I can only assume that started to come apart and leak so they built that "outhouse" around it.
So .. this is going to be my next project and I'm going to build it as it was when I was a kid living in it.
Edited by jdcrawler, November 09, 2013 - 10:03 PM.