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

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!

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

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.