Fit for entertaining

Webb house features cozy bedrooms and brightly colored bathrooms
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uilding their dream second home along the edge of Cascade Lake and the Osprey Meadows golf course in Tamarack resort, Burton and Liz Webb had one thought in mind: Their guests. Fitting of their traditional Southern hospitality, the Athens, Tennessee natives wanted a home where they could not only vacation with their two children, but also bring along their friends to stay in their magnificent 7,000 square foot home. After a day of skiing on the slopes or shooting on the course, they have created a modern mountain retreat to come home to and relax, entertain and, most importantly, be together. It was four years ago that Burton, president of home manufacturers Tennessee Log and Timber Homes Inc., first saw Tamarack. He’d been invited by Ed Elliott, local building consultant in Valley County for Tennessee Log and Timber Homes Inc. Burton said he saw a fire behind the then months-old resort, something new and different he hadn’t seen in all his years of traveling to skiing hot spots all over the world. So Burton and his father Dexter,

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“ The people is what made us want to be here. They’re the same

people we met four years ago. It’s a great community.”

founder of the company, bought a .70-acre lot for a spec home, to show-off what kind of architecture and design Tennessee Log and Timber Homes Inc. could put into a custom project. Burton brought wife Liz, daughter Adrienne, 12, and son Dexter Jr., 8, to the resort for the first time in 2004. It became a Christmas tradition for the Webbs to spend the holidays in Tamarack, their kids learning to ski at the ski school and the family spending their days together on the slopes. They were quickly captivated by the lifestyle of Valley County and the kindness of the residents. “The people is what made us want to be here. They’re the same people we met four years ago. It’s a great community,” Burton says. “We love that everyone we met are not out here for the 300 stores like in Aspen (Colorado). They’re here for their health, the recreation.” “We said forget the spec home. We want to have a home here.” nd so began their three-year, crosscountry labor of love, building their home-away-from-home in Tamarack, Idaho. What started out as a business plan had morphed into a personal project for the Webbs, “gravy” on the burgeoning home building booming for Tennessee Log and Timber Homes Inc. in the area. The Webb’s home is the fourth project in Tamarack’s growing real estate side to have been

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built through Tennessee Log and Timber Homes Inc. The 30-year-old business Burton’s father started in the ’70s tapped into Valley County’s home-building market 10 years ago. Since, over 50 homes have been built in the area. The company pre-packages the logs in Tennessee, spending six weeks engineering the cuts and joints. The logs are shipped to the home destination, where Tennessee Log and Timber Homes Inc. taps into their trusted contractor network for assembly and construction of the home. But homes are far from a modern-day Lincoln Log set-up. The company sells an entire structural package, giving design flexibility to the home owner. “When we simply saw the word ‘log,’ 93 percent

of the homeowners want nothing to do with it,” Burton says. That’s because of a growing trend to customize a mountain home with nature. For this reason, Tennessee Log and Timber Homes Inc. created a new division of the company: Natural Elements Homes. These houses use a unique and popular hybrid construction method, combining log, timber, stone and even various other elements like brick and reclaimed materials in the home’s design. Most homes at Tamarack follow the hybrid method. “It’s basic, mountain design. Architecture that could be shipped everywhere — the golf course, the mountains, the lakes,” Burton explains.

ucky for for the Webbs, they have all of that right out their front door. The views from the Webb’s home, complete with floor-toceiling windows throughout, are hypnotic. They enjoy an unobstructed shot of the lake, the edge of the golf course, protected wetlands that surround the property and mountain and cross-country trails literally right out their back door. “It’s magical. It’s a totally different feel,” says Liz, pointing to the snow-capped Evergreens. But the best part, Liz says: “Sharing it with our friends.” Since the home was completed in December, the Webbs have already played host to various house guests, dragging

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the snow-shy to the Nordic trails roughly 15 feet from their kitchen window. Liz adds she’ll strap them in some boots and skis, guide them by the elbow and watch them take-off. It’s after such a long day outside that Liz wanted guests to come to the house and really feel pampered. Her focus was on the bathrooms, each with a unique design, color scheme and over-thetop features. Large steam showers are in each and the custom tile design is breathtaking. Liz had shared her concepts with their Idaho-based contractor and Colorado-based interior designer, but “they went above and beyond.” The first of three guest rooms features a massive steam shower and a Japanese soaking tub. The second has a teak tub.

But the third, the guest master suite, is a room where Liz took a keen interest. The private-entrance room is large, with a sun-sitting room, a king-sized nickel bed and deep purple walls the color of the mountains at sunset. The bathroom has heated Italian white marble floors, a matching tub and crystal hardware. “If someone came here all the way from Tennessee, I wanted their stay to be worth it,” Liz says. “Our goal with this room was a winter wonderland. If someone stayed in that room, they would really feel special.” The master bathroom also gives Burton and Liz their own spa-treatment. Onyx tile sinks match a large Egyptian tub inset into the ground. The kids enjoy a double-sink bathroom highlighted with

lime green, a playful setting dubbed the “Shrek” bathroom. The custom tile is the work of Nampabased tile setter Sil Dina, with Gibraltar Tile and Stone. He’s been doing custom tile work for 12-13 years and worked with an architect on the Egyptian step-in tub. “We pretty much had a rough hole in the ground and it was constructed from the ground up,” Sil says. “It was a unique project, first from the amount of glass in there with glass products and glass tiles,” he adds. “They went out of their comfort zones then most people up there, who do a lot of natural stone products.” The Webb home was a project he loved because he got the working schedule and budget to show-off his custom

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work. “The way I’d summarize it,” he says of the house: “Manhattan loft in the woods.” Adding to that urban feel is the artwork the Webbs decorated with, all Tennessee artists. “They brought with them some unique, eclectic design elements” says Cheryl Teed, administrative assistant for Lonesome Dove Construction, the local contractors that worked on the home. “You have a whole lot of different feelings in this one great big house, yet it all comes together.” he variety of different design elements is a trademark of the Tennessee Logging Homes hybrid look. The Webbs logtimber framed base home was one of three designs the Webbs circulated through before choosing their five bedroom, five full and two half bathroom model. The walnut floors are from New Hampshire, the wood beams from Canada and the door hardware from England. But, if you ask the kids, it’s the bathrooms that are the “coolest.” Then there’s the snow, which they do not get to see in Tennessee. The kids, both

competitive swimmers, are now experienced skiers as well after their numerous Tamarack winters. “It’s not easy to get out here from

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in a page on a book.” Heaven forbid the Webb’s guests stay at a hotel during a Valley County visit. Come to their place and Burton will greet you warmly with a gentle smile, Adrienne will be happy to give a tour of the decadent bathrooms, Dexter can entertain while jamming on Guitar Hero, Liz will impress with her Southern charm and, if you’re lucky, cook up some flapjacks. That is, of course, if they haven’t beaten you to the slopes.

Tennessee. Which we kind of like,” says Burton. Adds daughter Adrienne: “When you’re on that road and the trees are surrounding you, it almost feels like you’re

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