Off Grid Cabin Living in the Ptarmigan Ranch

This off-grid log cabin building is worth taking a look at, with several awards to include the 2016 Summit County Parade of Homes winner Best Overall, the Best Interior Furnishings, the Best Interior Finishes, Best Elevation and Exterior, the Best Builder Concept, and WorkmanshipBest Kitchen, and Peak Award by Mountain Living Magazine.

Highlights of this stunning log cabin building include 5,763 square feet of living space with 4 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms and a detached 1,192 square foot garage. Arapahoe Architects Designed the log accented open floor plan. The Ptarmigan Ranch has sweeping views of the mountains and lake, an outdoor fireplace by Western Fireplace, douglas fir and cypress handcrafted logs by Gearhart Signature Homes, granite, and quartz fabrication, LaCantina bi-fold 17 foot door and Pella Windows and floor and wall tile and granite counters from Arizona Tile. The log cabin has hickory woodland cabinets, vintage rood, and metal custom reclaimed-look siding, Mason-Lite 46 inch fireplace with Idaho Springs granite, prefinished knotty alder 8 foot Sun Mountain doors, and custom window treatments by Graber Blinds.

Many people wonder if log cabin buildings are more expensive than framed home designs. The design and finishes of comparable homes can affect the overall cost of any custom home design. Some floor plans are not designed to be Log nor Timber Frame homes because of numerous corners and the complexity of the roof system. The main cost difference for a log cabin building or timber frame home design is due to the vaulted ceilings and the log and larger timber purlins and the trusses. You can choose a home floor plan and a roof design to fit your budget.

Log walls are finished on the outside and inside of a log house and do not require the labor and lumber of interior framing, drywall, insulation, and a siding or stone masonry on the exterior, and can cost less per square foot than framed walls on a traditional home with a natural stone exterior finish. Your choice of log diameter will affect the price of your log cabin building. Your cabin building site may dictate 10 inches or greater diameter to meet high country insulation requirements. Timber frame home designs typically are very energy efficient when built with SIPS, so they may cost more, but give you better thermal mass and comfort.

If a log cabin building seems like something you might consider, you only need to take a look around to see all that is available. You might start with a small cabin building, and build on to the cabin building as your lifestyle changes or grows. The more time you spend at your cabin building, the more you are sure to realize all that these designs have to offer. With log houses popular all over the world, in countries such as Norway, Finland, United Kingdom, South Africa, Scotland, and Thailand to name a few, it's no secret that log house builds are the way to go. Wood is a sturdy and natural building material that will lend to a healthy lifestyle.

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