14. Learning to Carve

"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

8. The Logs

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

7. The Engineering

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

6. The Memorial

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

5. The Construction Loan

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