A tall case clock standing just inside the front door is one of the few timepieces in the house. "We bought it after we realized that we never knew the time," homeowner Kalli Huntsman laughs. A door opens into a laundry chute. An afterthought, it is now indispensable to the family of seven.
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Handcrafted Log Home Dining Room by PrecisionCraft Log Homes & Timber Frame, via Flickr
The Schreibers use the space under the main staircase as a casual dining area. Like many custom touches in the house, the bar was built by a team of Amish carpenters. The extra room comes in handy during the holidays: "We always end up having 25 to 35 people for Christmas and Thanksgiving," says John, a grandfather of four.