Home of Distinction: A Family Affair
BY Marimar McNaughton
The breathtaking view might make a sublime setting for a hotel or pavilion where cotillions and parties are held and fishing excursions are launched. In fact this property was part of the former site of the Island Beach Hotel built in 1888 and later in 1916 of the Harbor Island Auditorium first a convention center and later a 1930s ‘talking-picture’ house. A casino and outdoor band shell resided next door.
Though the buildings are long gone the location was and still is a hive of activity.
In 2005 at the auspicious
“We’re active people ” he says. “I don’t know that we could find a spot more perfect for us. I love to fish. My son loves to surf. My kids love to shop. You won’t find a better location on the East Coast ”
He pretty much hits the nail on the head. With 100 feet of dockage in water that’s 10-feet deep at low tide within a half-mile of Masonboro Inlet steps from the
Logan who spent his teenage years on
He has been building custom houses in Forest Hills Landfall and
When they outgrew their cramped
“I oversaw this particular job myself ”
“All my friends lived here ” she recalls.
Lara loves the sailboats anchored in the harbor. “Every day I look at them I see people living on board. These boats are a picture ” she says.
A privacy fence and low stacked-stone wall outline the 67-foot-wide lot which extends five feet beyond the adjoining neighbor’s yard creating an L-shaped peninsula.
From the street side double driveways double entry stairs and double front doors are all twice as inviting for the posse of friends that drop by unannounced to visit the
“We want our kids to be here not there ” D Logan says.
Lara Logan rules the roost with a forgiving informality. No one need call ahead to ask permission to come over. Everyone is welcome but she seriously insists that her kids and their visitors deposit gritty footwear in the basket by the front door where the “No Shoes No Sand” sign is a gentle reminder that there are “No Worries” beyond the threshold.
Inside the foyer decorated with Tommy Bahama furnishings hints of more to come. To the left is the dining room where west-facing windows allow the late afternoon sunlight to drift through white plantation shutters. Clerestory windows on the north side buffer the winter winds. The octagonal drop ceiling chandelier and red tone-on-tone wallpaper add layers of gentility around the large dining table with upholstered chairs. But the sisal rug firmly plants the
Lara did most of the interior design but bounced all of her ideas off Judy Brown who has been working with D Logan for 20 years furnishing his custom and model homes.
“It’s been a long relationship ” Brown says “a long nice relationship.” She describes the interior of the
Creating a Home of Distinction ARCHITECT BUILDER INTERIOR DESIGN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT LANDSCAPE STRUCTURAL ENGINEER CABINETRY COUNTERTOPS KITCHEN DESIGNER FLOORING WINDOWS /DOORS DECKING/WOODWORK PAINTERS MEDIA/SECURITY LIGHTING & PLUMBING ELECTRIC Additional Contractors
D and Lara Logan
Down Under Irrigation
Down Under Irrigation
Consulting Engineer Inc.
Sellers Tile Co.
D and Lara Logan
Rug Runner Flooring Thomas & Fowler Floor Service
Coastal Window & Door
Soundtronics A Wolfe Company
Ferguson Enterprises Inc.
Jim Bowden Electric
Craft American Hardware
Elevator Sales & Services Inc.
Fitzgerald Wood Products
Special Wood Inc.
Wilmington Blind Shutter & Closet Company
Creating a Home of Distinction
LIGHTING & PLUMBING
Logan who loves to hunt and fish is very family oriented. “He wanted to make sure that all of the guests who come in his home would be comfortable. He really likes to be around colors he likes which are greens and terra cottas. I try to keep that in mind and stick strictly with what colors they like. Then he’s always comfortable. It’s a very warm house. I think it speaks well of itself on the water ” Brown says.
The center hall passage floored in Brazilian cherry leads the eye to the waterway and into an open living room supported with classic Doric columns where a dropped coffered ceiling creates a feeling of intimacy around the hearth. Furnished in wicker rattan and wood cushioned chairs and sofas built-in window seats cabinets and bookshelves line the interior walls. In this room the strategic placement of a floor-to-ceiling window in the southeast corner inspired D Logan when laying out the house.
“We’ve got that view from all three floors ” he says. “If you live at the beach you understand these things ” he said. “I can watch TV watch the fire and watch sailboats and speed boats enter the harbor all at the same time.”
The living area with its game table adjoining open kitchen and adjacent porch were designed for large gatherings.
“We can have 100 people in this space right here ”
The kitchen is the focus of activity morning and night. Lara who prepares meals at the island console dishes out chores to each child. With both formal and informal seating around the table and at the counter yards of hand-rubbed cherry tropic brown granite tile backsplash state-of-the art kitchen appliances icemaker trash compactor and tandem dishwashers the kitchen is almost always abuzz.
A handy built-in desk and nifty pass-through butler’s pantry leading from the kitchen to the dining room are delicious details.
The first-floor guest room faces west and reiterates the octagonal drop ceiling. An adjoining private bath with French doors granite counter tops tile floors a corner tub and glass shower complete this suite which suits the
Throughout the home the crown moldings mantels door and window trim and wainscot were crafted by Steve Parmenter of Coastal Trimworks Inc. Parmenter also built the staircase and newel posts to
The second floor is the children’s lair. A built-in love seat made from old-fashioned beaded board with built-in shelves and niches for photos and mementos commands the stair landing. A gathering room with sofas and chairs overlooks a deck with a bird’s eye view of the channel. A computer room nearby and a hall bath are shared by all. D II’s room may overlook the water but Mary Catherine and Carissa have suites with private bathrooms. For obvious reasons the laundry room is on this floor.
One flight up the master suite is a bedroom sitting room and home office. The desk is shared by Lara who is earning her degree in religion and D when he works from home. It is flush with cabinetry and undoubtedly boasts one of the best views of Masonboro Inlet from anyplace on
An upholstered chaise and reading chair flank built-in window seats and a wet bar and are inches away from the open deck that towers more than 30 feet above the ground. The luxurious master bath enjoys the same view from the oval tub and the glass-enclosed showers. Finished with tile floors and Venetian gold granite countertops the addition of an upholstered chair adds a touch of elegance. An adjoining workout room is tucked into the attic eaves.
“We worked hard to get head room up there ”
Had he built the house after the flood zone was raised two feet he could not have squeezed in the eight-foot ceilings.
Once a week D and Lara have date night usually on Wednesdays when Dave and Catherine Yearwood lead a
“During the summer it’s a madhouse ”
“This is a perfect time for the ages of the children ” Lara says adding “They’re welcome to eat whatever they want. All I ask is that they clean up and leave it the way they found it.”
The garages equipped with his fishing gear and a 500-quart icemaker also store D II’s surfboard collection. Now furnished with ping pong tables
From this lower level an interior stair and elevator lead to the upper floors and doors open to a lawn landscaped with tropical vegetation.
Outdoors the showers are used religiously especially after a day on the water. D II and Carissa are not bashful about jumping off the dock into the channel. Mary Catherine prefers the hot tub beneath the covered deck. Kayaks stand ready and waiting. So too do Jet Skis and in the lift D’s boat Logan’s Run a 34-foot Yellowfin center console designed to worry bluewater fish.
Looking back toward the house the shaded epie wood porch beckons like an all-weather oasis furnished in wicker and teak.
After the sun sets the house lights up like the old Lumina Pavilion. Lara travels from room to room dimming the levels to candlelight ambiance.
“This house functions perfectly ”