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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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Added by Denise Pumfrey on April 20, 2017 at 9:58am — No Comments

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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Added by Denise Pumfrey on April 19, 2017 at 12:36pm — No Comments

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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Added by Denise Pumfrey on April 19, 2017 at 10:56am — No Comments

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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Added by Denise Pumfrey on April 19, 2017 at 10:39am — No Comments

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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Added by Denise Pumfrey on March 27, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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

The Short List

One 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…

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Added by Denise Pumfrey on March 22, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Denise Pumfrey on March 21, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Denise Pumfrey on March 16, 2017 at 11:54am — No Comments

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