Where do I start with this story? When we bought the land near Kila, Montana? When we met with Brad of Montana Log Homes? When Eric the architect ‘walked’ us through the log house design via 3D rendering (he was in Montana and we were in Ohio)? When we made our first trip to Glacier National Park with the kids when they were 7 and 9?
|First course of logs in November 2016
Just a couple of days ago
In 2007, Spousal Unit had the foresight to recommend purchasing a townhome in Whitefish. After all, we would eventually need housing while overseeing construction! We have been blessed with good tenants while the rest of our plans developed.
In Mid-May of 2010, we toured Montana Log Homes’ construction yard and visited a couple of completed log homes in the area. That summer, we found a fantastic property west of Kalispell. Our goal was to be close enough to town for basics and for medical care (we are getting older), and yet far enough out to really experience peace, quiet and wildlife. We also dreamed of water – a river, a stream , a pond. Spousal Unit did all the legwork, and I can still remember my solo trip to Kalispell over a three-day weekend to see the parcel for myself. It checked all the boxes – and soon enough we were owners of 8 acres in Hodge Creek, overlooking a small lake.
Over the next few years we worked with the in-house designer, Eric, to create our dream home. Once we had pinpointed a time frame for my retirement and our move to Whitefish, it was time to choose a general contractor. Again, Spousal Unit researched options and interviewed the candidates, with a final selection of Neal Garbenis Contracting.
And so it was that in late October 2016, Brad and his team began hand-crafting the log structure.
|Full scribe construction
Then, on April 24, Neal began excavation of the foundation.
|A few days ago
Now these two processes will merge with the re-set of the logs on the foundation. The logs have been numbered to ensure they go back in the same place in the structure. We are told that the re-set process usually takes only a couple of days - the time-consuming tasks have already been done!
As I look at these pictures now, I am overwhelmed with emotion – all the hard work has paid off! I am also so grateful for the talented, genuinely good people with whom we are working. I could tell you so many stories of their thoughtfulness and generosity, especially with their time. But those stories will have to wait for another post.
|Loading logs for delivery to the home site
Last (but certainly not least), I am deeply thankful for Spousal Unit - his overall project management and persistence has brought us so far. When I was looking after my job and keeping us on track for our retirement date, he was handling the myriad of other details. I can't wait to stand by his side on Friday as our future home takes shape right before our eyes!