20. A Castle-y Cabin

Talk about a busy month! Everyone is working hard to meet our construction deadline, but it hasn't been easy or without stress. Actually, we've already had to extend our deadline by 15 days. That being said, the cabin is looking extra BEAUTIFUL with much of the interior work done. To tell you the truth, I'm … Continue reading 20. A Castle-y Cabin

19. Insulation, Siding, & Walls

Hi guys! Here’s a quick update on the cabin. Since our last post, all of the insulation has been sprayed/packed. It was a big job since all of the logs had to be wrapped in plastic and protected. Due to an error (in our favor), we ended up with a lot more insulation than anticipated. … Continue reading 19. Insulation, Siding, & Walls

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?!

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

11. The Foundation

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.  

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