I think I mentioned this before, but Andy and I met with a potential builder a couple weeks ago. He lives up here in Tollgate Canyon, and we met him at one of the cabins he recently built. Although this cabin was HUGE and not at all what we’re looking for, it was nice to see his work. Over the last year and a half that we’ve been looking at cabins and property, we’ve been able to see quite a few examples of the types of homes being built in the mountains. Most of them seem to be ALL wood (both inside and out). Although they work well with this environment, they’re not quite what we want.
We want the exterior to be made of wood and look like a mountain home, but the interior will look more like a home. It will have drywall with wood accents (like floors and ceiling beams). Every home we’ve seen up here has wood on every surface of the home from the walls to the furniture to the floors. It’s a bit much. I think it would be a little depressing to have all that dark heavy brown wood everywhere if that was your main home. Andy and I both want wood in some places but not everywhere.
While we were talking to the builder, our worst suspicions were confirmed–housing costs up here in the mountains are the same as what high-ends home are being built for in the valley. After talking to our architect, we decided we’ll probably have to build our home in phases (even though it’s only 1700 square feet). It’s just too expensive! We still need to talk with the builder and the lending company, but right now we’re thinking we’ll have to leave off the garage and screened in porch for another time. We’ll also leave the basement unfinished as well as both our offices and the guest bathroom. If we need to leave other rooms unfinished, we will.
It’s quite discouraging, but the reality of life up here. I guess contractors charge extra to haul equipment and supplies up here. Right now we’re getting our plans engineered. That should take about a month, and then we’ll start on permits. We’re not discouraged, just trying to adjust our plans. We’d both rather build the home that we want (even if parts of it are just bare bones), than cut the house in half. We can always finish the other parts later.
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