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

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

12. Log Progress!

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!

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

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

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.