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Dramatic log home in Carnation is built from local pine

The deck and lawn are big enough for parties and playing


Pick the right logs and a log home becomes distinctive. Dramatic lodgepole pines from local Dirty Face Mountain stand out even more thanks to a gray finish. This is not an old cabin that’s trying to blend into the forest; it’s a 1986 log home on proud display on a canvas of open lawn.

Decks wrap around the house. There’s enough room for long legs to stretch out. Parts are turned into covered porches; others are left open to the sunshine. Choose the arrangement that makes the most sense for the party or the project and the weather.

The rustic, yet polished, nature of the logs continues inside for the exterior walls, ceiling beams, and pillars. Closer to the core, the wood turns to lumber, easier to work with and warm throughout.

A country kitchen is a classic, and is equipped with the modern conveniences of marble counters and stainless steel appliances. The room is large enough to jump past the idea of an island straight to accommodating a kitchen table. Want a more formal setting? A corner of the main room is perfect for special-occasion dining.

The 2,470-square-foot house has room for three bedrooms and two and a quarter bathrooms. All have at least one log wall with broad windows that let in cooling breezes.

A corner room with a wall of book shelves becomes either an office or a library, depending on how much work gets done at home.

For a natural break, roam and play on the nearly two acres of lawn and its border of trees.

The price for the package, $735,000. The bonus, a house that doesn’t have to be painted.