Arabian’s Big River Lodge
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Arabian's Big River Lodge fulfilled a lifelong dream for its owner - and it was well worth the wait. Not only did the finished project showcase the eastern white pine logs used to build it, but the overall building is utterly unique. Utilizing faux rooflines and board and batten on the second level of the home, the exterior creates a lot of visual interest while maintaining the rural ambiance of a log residence.
This thoughtful use of varied materials continues inside this Rhode Island house. Once again, the goal was to highlight the logs without them being overwhelming. The implementation of drywall helped achieve this. The owners also incorporated various wood accents throughout the house. Spruce was used for the staircase railings, while the stair posts and breakfast bar used cedar. Finally, nearby chestnut trees that had fallen in a storm were used for the fireplace mantel.
The main house is connected to a spacious garage by a service wing that incorporates a mudroom, laundry space, small powder room, and a pantry. This leads into the large kitchen with ample prep space and a nice island with a breakfast bar. The kitchen opens into a large dining room with doors out to the large back deck.
The great room is a true highlight of the home, with soaring cathedral ceilings and an equally impressive chandelier. A massive stone fireplace is another feature of the main living area. Beyond the great room is both a small office and the master suite. The large bedroom accesses both its own beautiful master bathroom and a walk-in closet.
The second floor has a loft that looks down onto the great room, along with a separate playroom. Two bedrooms, each with ample closet space, are also located on this floor, while a large bathroom and another walk-in closet finish out this level.
The Arabian’s Big River Lodge is a beautiful example of how you can highlight the logs that are the central focus of this project by using other materials and colors to enhance the overall look of the home. This sophisticated lodge still provides the rustic comfort of a traditional log home.