House Lust: A Lofty Log Chalet in the Woods is on the Market

It's like a spa retreat in the mountains (but in Foster).

After more than a decade in the making, Mark DiPetrillo is putting the finishing touches on his 2,700-square-foot log cabin in the woods of Foster — and just in time to sell it.

The project began in 2007, when DiPetrillo — a plumbing and heating contractor of four decades — purchased a pre-cut chalet-style cabin kit with two ranch extensions from Real Log Homes out of Vermont. DiPetrillo dug the envelope, poured the foundation and, atop it, built a box where CM Allaire and Sons, out of Uxbridge, Mass., would construct the kit for him.

DiPetrillo and his friends did the rest — “from carpentry to painting to tile to the whole deal,” including a master electrician friend who tied everything into the panel for him, he says. “I guess they call that sweat equity.”

But this place really shines in the plumbing and heating-related features. The granite master shower, for example, is a massive four by eight feet with a his and hers Grohe shower system.

“The water comes out of the wall in eleven different ways,” DiPetrillo says, adding that the master bath also has an air tub and a double-vessel vanity. He also installed radiant floors beneath the Australian cyprus hardwoods and in the basement, as well.

“That’s what I do for my customers, so that’s what I did for myself,” he says.

DiPetrillo says a log cabin in the woods — in particular, a “chalet winter wonderland in the woods with hiking and four-wheeler trails,” he says — was something he always dreamed of. But now, in his late fifties, his dreams have changed, and they don’t include snow. Late last month, DiPetrillo listed his house with Suzanne Champagne of RI Real Estate Services in advance of a move to South Carolina.

“I was telling my wife the other day I don’t want to leave because everything’s done,” he says. “I just don’t like winter. We like the beach and we like warm weather.”

Looking back, he says he’d do it all over again, though he might’ve done a couple things differently. He would have considered a one-floor layout — the loft stairs do a number on his knees — and he would’ve installed that outdoor shower by the master bedroom much sooner.

“I always wondered what the mystique was all about until I put one in,” he says, adding that there’s nothing like being out in the dark under the stars on a clear night.

To those in search of trees and stars and spacious chalets, here’s your House Lust:


For more information on 45 Balcom Rd., Foster, contact RI Real Estate Services’s Suzanne Champagne at 401-527-5044 or visit