17. What Happened to Our Road?!

Kit, Ed, and I made it up to the cabin yesterday. It was pretty chilly up there, but that didn't stop the guys from playing in the water. Our road to the cabin is temporarily missing, but that's quite all right since it means we'll  have a water line soon! They were also busy working … Continue reading 17. What Happened to Our Road?!

16. The Decks & Interior Design

I can't remember a winter quite so warm and dry. As I write this blog, it's 70 degrees outside! I took my dog, Kuba, for a walk this afternoon in a t-shirt! A t-shirt in early January, can you believe that?! As a farmer's daughter, I'm never too excited about long dry spells. However, in … Continue reading 16. The Decks & Interior Design

15. We’ve Got Electricity!!

I've been slacking on getting pictures posted! I guess I've been having too much fun shopping for all of the light fixtures, bathroom vanities, bathtubs, appliances, and such (thank you Black Friday and Cyber Monday!)  🙂 Here are some things that've happened since my last post about the logs going up. The roof is on! … Continue reading 15. We’ve Got Electricity!!

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

13. The Log Frame

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

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

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

Photo of Log Cabin

3. The Planning

You’ve heard the saying “nothing worth having comes easy,” right? Well planning new construction, especially in the mountains, isn’t very easy ... click to read more.