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Denise Pumfrey
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  • Drake, Colorado
  • United States
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The Dream within a Dream: Building our Log Home in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado

The two weeks after the closing was a bit anti-climactic as our GC was climbing Mount Rainier, even though I know things were going on in the background and logs were still being placed on our shell! He returned safely and let us know we were ready to start what we could while waiting for the remaining approvals from the county building department on our septic.  The power pole should go in within the next week, and there are some big honking pieces of machinery sitting on our land poised and…See More
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The Dream within a Dream: Building our Log Home in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado

We CLOSE!Limboland is THE WORST place to have to spend any time at all, much less weeks. Although our loan had been approved by the mortgage company and we knew the newly-completed appraisal was the last puzzle piece that needed to fit into place, I was nonetheless gripped by fear that something would happen to stop the closing from happening or delay it. First I worried how long it was taking until we could set the date, then when we got the date, I worried that something would happen before…See More
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The Dream within a Dream: Building our Log Home in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado

By the time we showed up to meet the realtor for the last property on our list, we were feeling pretty discouraged. Every property we had looked at thus far had some major flaw that made us cross it off our list. The realtor wouldn't let us follow him to the property; he insisted we leave our car and drive in his. I soon understood why. We went up the craziest two miles of rutted, gravel road complete with switchbacks.…See More
Mar 27
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The Dream within a Dream: Building our Log Home in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado

The Short ListOne gorgeous September weekend, when Colorado could have hardly looked more beautiful as it dressed in gold for fall, we got into our rental car, phone, GPS and maps in hand for areas that had no cell service, and set off to view a handful of properties that made the short list because they needed no more than one pole, were accessible by a maintained road, and had no obvious mineral rights distractions going on. Oh, and were in budget.A realtor met us at the first place, in the…See More
Mar 22

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We've owned five acres of Rocky Mountain horse property for ten years and are just getting around to building our log home on it. The land is in Drake, Colorado in a community called Storm Mountain. After so many years of waiting for this time to finally come, we are unable to contain our excitement and so I've decided to direct my nervous energy into a blog about what has led up to the building process and hopefully the successful build itself!
Are you lucky enough to be living in a log home?
Not yet, but soon! This year!
What timeframe are you looking to start your dream home?
Within 12 months

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The Dream within a Dream: Building our Log Home in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado

The two weeks after the closing was a bit anti-climactic as our GC was climbing Mount Rainier, even though I know things were going on in the background and logs were still being placed on our shell! He returned safely and let us know we were ready to start what we could while waiting for the remaining approvals from the county building department on our septic.  The power pole should go in within the next week, and there are some big honking pieces of machinery sitting on our land poised…

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Posted on June 20, 2017 at 11:30am

The Dream within a Dream: Building our Log Home in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado

We CLOSE!

Limboland is THE WORST place to have to spend any time at all, much less weeks. Although our loan had been approved by the mortgage company and we knew the newly-completed appraisal was the last puzzle piece that needed to fit into place, I was nonetheless gripped by fear that something would happen to stop the closing from happening or delay it. First I worried how long it was taking until we could set the date, then when we got the date, I worried that something…

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Posted on June 7, 2017 at 3:48pm

The Dream within a Dream: Building our Log Home in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado

Rebounding

Still smarting from our collection of losses, we realized the only way to fix things was to face the fact that if we wanted the whole dream and not just a partial one, it was not only going to cost us more, but we might have to find someone else to complete it. Waiting a few years is not an option at our age. We looked at some prices of barn kits and metal garage kits and then realized we could potentially finance a garage separately by a local company that offers…

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Posted on May 25, 2017 at 9:48pm

The Dream within a Dream: Building our Log Home in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado

If it seems too good to be true…

The loan process seemed to be going along without much of a hitch. We met Craig and Bernardo at the other Rock Bottom, and Craig had good news for us. All the permits were in place just awaiting payment, he’d had almost all the final quotes back from vendors, and he just needed the green light from us to submit the final project budget to the bank. We’d already received the engineered, stamped plans for the house which were separate from the…

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Posted on May 25, 2017 at 6:41pm

The Dream within a Dream: Building our Log Home in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado

Enter the Architects

The next time we met was at the Rock Bottom Brewery in our town. Seems all our plans evolved in the warmth and shadows of brewery tanks, which I loved. This time, instead of rough sketches, we had a set of preliminary architectural drawings from an engineering firm, Tamarack Grove out of Idaho, which we soon learned (from Googling) had a stellar reputation for designing properties much grander and more expensive than ours, including a replica ark!…

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Posted on May 25, 2017 at 5:30pm

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At 12:21am on November 22, 2008, CJ from Va. said…
Hi Denise, its me again. CJ from Va.  Just a quick note, 2 or 3 years ago, my husband and I was to TimeShare in Estes Park and our plans fell through.  Maybe on our trip to Montana, Estes Park could be included.  I have a longtime friend that moved to Bryce Canyon National Park this summer, her husband is a ranger. She's trying to get use to the temperature difference of Utah & Virginia.  Take Care.  CJ from VA.
At 12:11am on November 22, 2008, CJ from Va. said…
Hi Denise, my husband and I would take SEVERAL trips a year and now with the cabin upcoming and everything else to go along with it, I must say our long distance traveling has ceased. I get the travel itch every once in a while, but then I realize its O.K. to take shorter trips and have just as much fun. We love England & Canada. Will travel in 2010 to Montana. We figure construction starts hopefully Spring 2009, then one year to build, so by 2010 a Montana trip would be "just what the doctor" would order. That's an old saying from my mom. Well, keep in touch and I'll forward some pics when I get them. Take Care. CJ from VA.
At 8:05pm on August 5, 2008, Shelley Martinez said…
Denise,
Is that a picture of your land in Colorado? It looks absolutely beautiful!!
At 12:04pm on June 10, 2008, Michael McCarthy said…
Hi Denise,

Welcome to the community of log-home enthusiasts! Your future home site sounds amazing. My wife is from Lakewood, Colorado, so we are very familiar with Estes Park. We've hiked that area quite a bit----well, before our three children came along. Now our hikes are strictly on the East Coast, mostly Virginia's Shenandoah Mountains.

Good luck with your home, and please use this community to help plan. There's a ton of wonderful info shared by community members.

All the best,

Mike McCarthy
Editor, Log Home Living
 
 
 

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