The Log House: ‘River Ridge’

This dramatic residence imports the Canadian vernacular of log construction to Central Otago – embodying the idea of a hunting lodge where family and friends can gather round the roaring fire in the Grand Room and tell stories about the day’s adventures.

Pioneer Log Homes BC built the house frame in Canada out of two 300-year-old Western Red Cedar logs and then shipped the frame to New Zealand for assembly and fitout. The kiwi expat homeowner explains that the most complex part of the project was working with the timber frame, which is designed to settle, and allowing for that movement in the assembly.

Inspired by the log homes in Whistler and Colorado, the unfamiliar technology provided a challenge for local builders, a challenge they met with enthusiasm: the care and the skill shines through. The fireplace, the heart of the house, was a highlight – the hearth was handmade by site manager Karl Boomsma built with ‘an eye to detail and considerable care.’

The homeowner’s favourite feature is the Spatherm XL wood fireplace that he describes as a ‘human happiness magnet,’ saying ‘the fireplace looks amazing even when it’s not on, and when it is, you can’t keep people away.’ He continues ‘seeing the fire through the large clear window on a cold night, with a nice fur rug and a hot drink after a day’s skiing with family and friends cannot be beaten.’

Property available for rent via Release Wanaka

Photographer: Nick Frame

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Inspired by the log homes in Whistler and Colorado, the house frame was built in Canada out of two 300-year-old Western Red Cedar logs and then shipped to New Zealand for assembly and fitout.

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The Spatherm XL wood fireplace in the main living area is described by the homeowner as a ‘human happiness magnet’.

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The fireplace hearth was handmade by site manager Karl Boomsma and built with ‘an eye to detail and considerable care.’

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Located close to some of Central Otago’s best ski fields and lakes, the home embodies the idea of a hunting lodge – ideal for family and friends to gather after a day of adventures.

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The most complex part of the project was working with the timber frame which is designed to settle and allow for movement in assembly.

 

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