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Breck Park Estates

Timelapse of Breck Park Estates log set by Mountain Log Homes of Colorado

Watch the first week of the Shavano Log Works Team stack the Breckenridge
Park Estates hand crafted Spruce Log Home in October 2016. With 3 men and
a crane quick progress is made in getting the exterior walls in place.
Check out our facebook page for more updated photos of the construction
progress of this home.

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Elegant and traditional, this handcrafted log cottage is Colorado a dream come true.


Alog home doesn’t need to have a complex footprint to be interesting. In fact, a basic rectangle can yield all sorts of possibilities.

Take this 3,800-square-foot charmer by Mountain Log Homes & Interiors. At its core, it’s a 32-by-44-square-foot rectangle, but it’s the architectural detailing that contributes to its cottage-like appeal. Conventionally framed bump-outs housing the bathtub and dining area add visual interest, as do the steeply pitched, varied rooflines and deep overhang above the front porch. The combination gives the perception that design is complex.

Note Visit this link to see photos and read more about the Handcrafted Log Cottage in Colorado.

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If you are in the Blue River or Breckenridge, Colorado area the week of September 27 or October 3...don't miss the opportunity to see how a custom log home is erected on site! both homes have been simultaneously crafted at log yards off-site while we did excavation, foundation and sub- floors on-site. The two efforts come together this week.

61 Coronet Dr. In Blue River is loading trucks this morning in numbered sequence to start the on-site stack Wednesday September 28. This Gearhart Signature Homes project boasts locally harvested Englemann Spruce 12-14" diameter logs with 4 bedrooms. This home home has seen it's challenges getting started. We had a fire with the first set of logs back in May, and some water issues at the jobsite, but ...

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What should you expect from your General Contractor on a custom home project?

Services can vary greatly from a guy with a pick up truck and a cell phone, to fully staffed office with bookkeeping, design staff, and on- site Contractor/Builder, and staff carpenters and crew. What you need may depend on your time, personal experience and expertise, and budget.

Builder's overhead and supervision may seem like additional expense at first glance. However, this support staff may actually save you time and money in the long run.

One of the most critical aspects of a custom home project is scheduling and good subcontractors. A reputable, experienced General Contractor will have long standing relationships with the best plumbers, electricians, pai...

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A Timber Frame Home can be a good option when unsure about how much wood you want in your Mountain Home.

Like Log Homes, Timber Frame Homes, sometimes referred to as Post & Beam Homes, come as a "package" from the manufacturer and can save money on the Architect & Design Fees if you find a stock plan from a supplier you like with minor modifications. Timber Frame Homes can save construction time as much of the "skeleton" of the structure has been pre-cut and goes together quickly on site. They also offer more visual interest and beauty than a standard stick frame home.

Typically you will see these heavy squared-off beams and carefully fitted and joined timbers with joints secured by large wooden pegs and mortise and tenon joints. The...

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Location, Location, Location is always the mantra when purchasing a building site. Ski area access, views, and water make a lot more desire able.But, like the Rolling Stones song, you can't always get what you want. Many of the good ones are taken in a resort community, and the ones that are left, most likely have issues that can be overcome with a realistic budget and proper planning, but will take more work and money to develop.
High country resort area land has a unique set of challenges including but not limited to:

1. Steepness or Slope...anything over 30% grade is almost impossible to get an approved residential building permit. Need for additional excavation, fill dirt, retaining wall and specially engineered foundation walls can a...

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It's important for the smooth flow of your project that correspondence, requests, decisions and concerns are responded to in a timely manner.An average, a custom home has over 70 categories of purchases, subcontractors, and areas of decision. From cabinets, to flooring, to paint and stain...the further along the project is, the more timely " final answers" need to be addressed. Once drywall is in, things move quickly.Earlier phases of a project are dictated by things that the homeowner does not have as much control, but rather dictated by codes and engineering like roof lines, insulation, and excavation.Be sure that you keep open lines of communication by all parties by your agreed upon preferred method of communication determined at the...

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When interviewing potential builders for your Custom Home, make sure you come prepared with a written list of questions to assure you are making an accurate and fair comparison of both working habits and budget related concerns.
Some builders have office staff and crew carpenters; others "do it all" from G.C. Supervision to bookkeeping out of their truck with a series of sub-contractors and no staff. Less overhead may mean less customer service. Too much overhead could lead to hidden fees and expenses. Find a builder you feel comfortable with that you believe will give you the attention to detail you require at a fair and transparent cost.
Some suggested questions on first meeting could include:

1. Does your quoted cost per square foot inc...

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Watch us build this fabulous custom Englemann Spruce Log Home over the next year in Blue River Colorado. This home features 3800 square feet with 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 1-car garage, media/rec room and covered deck on 3-levels.


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We Service the Following Counties in Colorado, USA : 

Breckenridge & Summit County – Frisco, Silverthorne, Keystone, Copper Mountain

Vail & Eagle County – Beaver Creek, Avon, Edwards

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