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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

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. I felt my heart sink further every couple hundred feet we bumped our way…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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The Dream within a Dream: Building our Log Home in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado

We figured we could probably afford a couple of acres of nice looking mountain horse property if we avoided resort areas. Since retirement is still a ways off, and because we like to travel, we decided we couldn't be further than 90 miles/minutes away from Denver airport. We stuck a compass needle into DIA on the map and drew a semi circle that included about a 90 mile radius going west. We wanted to be in the mountains first, foothills second. Using a couple of very useful online real estate…See More
Mar 21
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The Dream within a Dream: Building our Log Home in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado

The beginning of the end happened shortly after landing at Chicago's Midway airport after a week long visit to the Colorado Rockies. Still swooning over the snow covered peaks, shaggy pines and more elk and deer than we could keep count of, we collected the car from the parking garage and started the long drive home through some of the most unsavory neighborhoods Chicagoland has to offer. In particular, we dreaded catching the red light at what we called "bum bridge" because when you did (which…See More
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Tell us about yourself:
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

We meet the crew, and suddenly, everything has changed

The day after the log home show (Sunday) I had to fly to Chicago for work. Monday I got a call from Craig Ringler, a colleague of Ron’s. He was interested in our project and wanted to get together to talk. We picked a time after I returned from Chicago, and agreed to meet at a Rock Bottom Brewery about halfway between where each of us lived. John and I showed up half expecting them not to, despite the fact we’d…

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Posted on April 20, 2017 at 9:58am

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

Time to Build

Finally, all the obstacles to getting our build underway were falling aside. We had a floorplan in mind and a budget and started calling around. Five of the six area builders that did log homes never responded to multiple phone calls and emails. I hadn’t mentioned our budget, so for all they knew, we could have been planning a million-dollar mansion. The one that did call back said he couldn’t possibly start our build for 18 months. We started calling…

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Posted on April 19, 2017 at 12:36pm

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

The Years Go By

Over the next few years, we visited often, enjoying having the barn there to store a cooler, chairs, and tools to let us work on the next build project…seven sections of buckrail fence. Because the ground is so hard and uneven, a buckrail fence seemed like the easiest and most attractive fence to build. It is very horse safe, too. We found a wood products company that custom-cut notched fence posts to the height you wanted and bought the bark-on posts…

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Posted on April 19, 2017 at 10:56am

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

Our first year

That first year we owned the land, all we wanted to do was to keep going out to Colorado to visit it. Each trip the first thing we did when we got up the mountain was go “on walkabout” and hike the entire perimeter line (panting; it’s at 7000 feet above sea level). Although this land is just shy of 5 acres, to us, who lived on small plots our whole life, the fact that we could walk to the back edge of our Ponderosa pine forest and look towards the road…

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Posted on April 19, 2017 at 10:39am

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. I felt my heart sink further every couple hundred feet we bumped our way…

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Posted on March 27, 2017 at 2:30pm

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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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