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There are many styles of log homes and perhaps the most difficult decision for all prospective builders/buyers is which style is ‘right’ for them. A popular style is the Chalet Log Home, an architectural style inspired by the Alpine chalets of Switzerland. This little Chalet Log Home is a bit of a gem and is the perfect marriage of convenience and practicality.
The Swiss chalet style log home was a traditional type of house in the Alpine areas of Tyrol, Savoy, and Switzerland. As a modern building style, the Swiss Chalet style originated in Germany during the early 19th century and was popularized by the first waves of rich tourists from the North and West of Europe. The Swiss chalet became popular in many parts of Europe as well as in North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They were first introduced to America by architect Andrew Jackson Downing; their ‘picturesque style’ seemed to fit well with the snowy landscape. Swiss chalets are most notable for their gabled roofs with wide eaves, exposed construction beams with large brackets, decorative carvings and moldings, balconies, large windows and weatherboarding, often painted in bright colors. Swiss chalets, today, are generally referred to just as ‘chalets’ and are easily spotted for their wooden exterior, gently sloping roof with wide, well-supported eaves that are set at right angles to the front of the house. However, this isn’t always the case, and nowadays the use of the word ‘chalet’ is often used to describe resort-like homes located by the beach, rather than in a mountain location.
This particular Chalet Log Home is advertised as the perfect retreat for a lakefront property or even as a permanent residence for a couple looking to downsize. At just 1,359 square feet it doesn’t qualify as a ‘small’ home (at least not in terms of the small home architectural movement), but it is nearly half-sized in comparison with the average-sized house in America. This Chalet Log Home has a cozy first floor; its great room has a cathedral ceiling with exposed timbers and a warm and inviting floor-to-ceiling fireplace, typical of chalet-style log homes. There is also a smaller galley kitchen, a master bedroom with attached bath. The upstairs loft space also contains a bedroom – large enough for two bunk beds or a king-sized bed and a double-entry bath accessed from both the bedroom and loft. All-in-all, this two bedroom, two bathroom Chalet Log Home is cozy while remaining open and spacious.
Hochstetler Milling Ltd., builders of quality log homes, is the company that makes this Chalet Log Home. Hochstetler Milling Ltd., located in the rolling hills of Ohio, is a log home manufacturer that prides itself for transforming people’s dreams into reality. They have been fulfilling dreams for the last 30 years, in fact. While the company has many design plans, such as this beautiful little Chalet Log Home, you can also work with their in-house design professionals to modify existing plans or create a custom log home. Founder Levi Hochstetler wanted to make the look and warmth of traditional log homes affordable to those who dreamt of owning a log home and since its beginning, in 1986, the company has blended affordability with fine Amish craftsmanship in a masterful way. So if it is quality you want at an affordable price, the Chalet Log Home by Hochstetler Milling Ltd. might be the gem you’re seeking. They love for people to drop in or call, so they have the opportunity to share their story and make yet another dream come true.