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April 15
Log Home Living

When Dave and Kathy Holland first met, they were college students at Michigan Technological University in Houghton. Not long after, the couple came upon a model log home in Marquette nestled along the shore of Lake Superior. Seeing that house was the start of their lifelong love of log homes, leading them to eventually buy and then build two of their own.


The Hollands bought 40 wooded acres near Metamora and have gradually made progress towards building their dream retirement home. The first task included clearing trees for the half mile long driveway that leads up a winding, hilly path to the home site. They enlisted family and friends to help clear the drive.  The 4,600 square foot home, which is still under construction, will feature six bedrooms, 3.5 baths, two screened porch areas and 21 foot cathedral ceilings in the main living area. Large windows overlooks a pond surrounded by woods and will be accented by stone fireplace. A finished walk out basement will provide additional living space, and space for their children and grandchildren to spend time when visiting. The acreage provides ample room for the family’s three Labrador retrievers to run and play in the two ponds on the property.


The Hollands anticipate construction will be completed this summer around July or August. “It is going slower than I thought, but I would say it is going right, and that’s more important to me than the speed,” Dave said. The couple acknowledges that a log home isn’t for everyone, but the time and cost that goes into the construction is more than worth it for the both of them. “When I was a junior in high school I remember seeing a house about a mile from here and thinking, ‘this is it – this is where I want to be.’ This is our dream, and GreenStone has been a big part of that.”


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