9. The Excavation

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

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

4. The Log Furniture

What's a log cabin without rustic log furniture?! Before Becky and I even decided on many of the specifics of our cabin, I knew that I wanted to try my hand at building log furniture. This might be because it required new tools... what guy doesn't like having more tools! 🙂 I found Lumber Jack … Continue reading 4. The Log Furniture

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.