"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." ~Gandhi A few months ago, Kit showed me a YouTube video of a man chainsaw carving all sorts of incredible creatures. My first thought was, "That's f'ing awesome! I could never do that." That's where I stopped myself. You … Continue reading 14. Learning to Carve
Allow me to start by saying that Dennis Anderson, owner of Jeremiah Johnson Log Homes, really exceeded our expectations when it came to log quality. We knew the logs would be awesome because we selected Western Red Cedar (which is unsurpassed in its natural beauty and unique characteristics), but Dennis and his team really went above … Continue reading 13. The Log Frame
While the fires in Canada had set us back, we are extremely grateful our cabin wasn't one of the many we heard were destroyed mid-build in other parts. The photo updates we get from Dennis at Jeremiah Johnson Log Homes make all the difference, and we are excited with each email. At this point, everyone is … Continue reading 12. Log Progress!
John and his team have been busily pouring the foundation which includes a ton of prep work getting the wood forms in. The final result looks great and we can finally see the cabin shape coming together.
More photos of the log furniture in progress...
It's been a bit of slow start to get to the point of excavation if I'm being completely honest. As we all know the housing industry is HOT in Colorado right now. With historically low inventory, more and more people are building, which means subcontractors are busier than ever. John Kennedy, our GC, has been … Continue reading 9. The Excavation
Log Package Provided by Jeremiah Johnson Log Homes One of the first decisions we made while designing our cabin is what type of logs we wanted to use. In our third blog post, we explain how we settled on Western Red Cedar logs. Some of the world's most select distributors of Western Red Cedar are … Continue reading 8. The Logs
Once we decided on the general look of the cabin (pulling from numerous online designs) we communicated our likes and dislikes to Dennis at Jeremiah Johnson Log Homes. He in turn provided hand-drawn plans on grid paper to get the process started. We had a number of revisions during this hand-drawn process and were able … Continue reading 7. The Engineering
Yesterday we acknowledged the one year anniversary of Betsy's passing. Life's been different without her. That's for sure. We all miss her tremendously. We held a small memorial picnic up at Olive's Knoll last month and mounted a memorial stone there. The memorial stone includes names from both the McKinstry and Ball families (who bought … Continue reading 6. The Memorial
Something interesting we learned during the financing process was that getting a loan for a log cabin is quite different from getting one for a traditional “stick-built” home. Logically, a traditional home carries less financial risk for the bank because the market for that type of home is larger and more active. In other words, … Continue reading 5. The Construction Loan