Look Inside An Amish Log Home (22 Photos)

We have a look inside a less commonly-seen home today – an Amish log home. It’s not that often that you find Amish families living in log homes. I’ve only come across them on occasion, though they might be more popular in certain settlements.

This one is found in the Bonduel, Wisconsin community. The settlement is three churches in size, and lies in Shawano County, about a half-hour drive from Green Bay.

This is a small home, with a single bedroom and one bathroom, and just 1,020 square feet. By that fact, and the photos below, you can tell it is a young family that was living here.

The online listing is several years old, dating to 2017. I would imagine the young couple with at least two children were on the verge of outgrowing this starter home, and sought a larger place. Here are some details from the listing:

Home has no electricity but does have a septic holding tank and drilled well. Property is currently heated by a coal fireplace. Beautiful woodwork throughout, spacious living room with access to the front deck. Large shed/garage and a couple storage buildings.

So you’ll see this home doesn’t look classically Amish on first glance. But as you look at the photos you’ll catch Amish elements. What can you make out in these photos?

For example this first photo of the living room doesn’t look immediately “Amish.”

However, you can see a sizeable skylight letting in bright rays. Also, linoleum style flooring. Both of those are common features in Amish homes.

Next, from another angle we see a cozy-looking recliner in the same room.

The recliner and the outdoorsy decor do feel Amish. There is what looks like a musical clock hanging on the wall. Also, lines hung with greeting or holiday or birthday cards, something you often see in Amish homes.

And, there are actually three types of lighting in this shot. Can you spot them all?

You have the gas fixture. Hanging from it is a Dewalt battery light. And then there are what look like old-fashioned  style lanterns. Are those more decorative, or actually used by this family?

Here’s another angle of the living room.

A stove, an Amishman’s hat and other garb by the wall, and more Amish style furniture. Wildlife/nature scene calendars, and deer mounts suggesting a hunter lives here, complete the picture.

Now a look at the solitary bedroom.

The rustic log theme is seen with the beds and furniture here. Bunks for small children.

In the photo above you can also see in the foreground a glass lampshade in a style favored in Amish homes. Here’s a wide array of similar shades in an Ohio Amish store:

amish lamp shades

Here’s the kitchen. It’s fairly “modern” by Amish standards, with what is probably a propane or natural gas-powered refrigerator. Unlike some other Amish homes we’ve looked at lately, there is running water in this home, and other elements you’d typically see in a non-Amish place’s kitchen. Bulky rustic bar stools continue the log cabin furniture element.

Oh yea, and you’ve got a deer in here too.

I’m not sure how I’d feel about the deer watching over me as I eat breakfast every morning. But to each his own.

Here’s a wringer washer and water heater, in what appears to be the utility room.

I don’t usually post pictures of toilets, but I thought I’d show you the lighting setup in the bathroom. You can also notice the framed picture decor.

Back outside, here’s a better view of the front porch. Looks like a great place to plop down on a cool spring day.

Garage and swing.

The buggy and other wheeled vehicles in the garage.

Vegetable garden.

This looks like the family phone shack. In some places, individual homes have a phone shack, while in others, they are shared. They may be near the home, or out at the end of the lane.

Fire pit.

And one last view through the trees.

I hope you liked this look at an Amish log cabin home. I can’t say it’s my favorite style, but it seems like a cozy place to spend a cold Wisconsin winter. The home, on a 3-acre lot, was priced at $110,000 in 2017.

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    11 Comments

    1. Fran Handrick

      Amish Log Cabin Home

      When I was researching for my PhD, and going over to the US and staying for extended periods, one of the women I interviewed offered for me to stay in her daughter’s log cabin home. It was on their land, but they had built it for ‘the fun of it’ and were unsure how they would use it. Several family members are no longer Amish, and I think they use it to allow them to come and stay without going against the Ordnung. It has electricity and running water and is very comfortable.

      1. You sort of hit the nail on the head for me, Fran. I don’t think this is the style of home I would buy or live in long-term, but it would be a “fun” place to stay for a short period or vacation type stay. I stayed in something of a similar style once or twice in the Tennessee mountains. Neat to hear how that Amish family uses it.

      2. Melanie

        Beautiful!

        I adore the Amish and this home is just Beautiful.

    2. Geo

      Homey

      I’m not plain but this comfortable looking log house is really inviting. They have the same taste I do even to the Mexican blanket over the heater stove, (identical to one I have).

      1. You noticed that too. I like that kind of blanket. Cheerful.

    3. Amish Log Cabin Home

      The pictures were wonderful. I like the simplicity of the cabin. To me it looks very cozy and very easy to clean. I think it would be a wonderful place to retire. Although, I’d have to have electricity put in (since I’m in that retirement age group and not Amish).

    4. Esther Kern

      Amish Log House

      The first item in the living room which caught my attention and confirmed that it was an Amish home, was the treadle sewing machine! It is a lovely home which highlights the beauty of natural wood, and the skill of the artisan who crafted it.

    5. AMISH HOME!

      Erik, hello from Michigan! This is a great article and I love the photos. I’ve sent you a direct email regarding another Amish Home. Please let me know if you have received it. All of these photos give me plenty of ideas to go along with the email I sent you. I especially like the notion of the sky-light over the couch area. That’s really smart thinking and planning. Take care, stay safe.
      Michigan Mary
      P.S. We are really bummed that Horse Progress Days has been cancelled in Mt. Hope…. but, they’ll have it there in 2021 (hopefully).

    6. Alice Mary

      This might make a comfortable dawdi house. I was surprised at the many, many nik-naks and pictures all over the house. Other Amish homes I’ve seen (some in pe rson) had much simpler decor.

      I could live comfortably here if electricity was installed.

      Where is the horse kept?

      Thanks, Erik!

    7. Leyda Diaz Andrade

      Spent time

      Hello, I am very impressed by Amish life, two years ago my family and I visited a small Amish-Mennonite community near Sarasota in Florida.
      I would like to spend at least 7 days in the Amish community because I want to learn more about this life, and I want my children to enjoy this, I think it is a good way to live and I admire them for it.

    8. sylvie

      J’aime beaucoup cette maison en rondins, le jardin avec ces beaux arbres. L’intérieur me plaît moins hormis la cuisine qui est bien fonctionnelle. Il y a trop de meubles qui ne sont pas en harmonie et des décorations un peu “kitch” et je trouve dommage de mettre du linoléum dans un si beau chalet.
      J’ai vu sur Youtube une famille Amish vivant dans un magnifique chalet dans le Montana et ils ont tout le confort, l’électricité, l’eau courante et tous les appareils ménagers d’un “Anglais”. Je dirais même que leur maison est très luxueuse.