The McKinneys began the journey to their custom log home a bit differently than most, but in the end, their beautiful handcrafted lodge in Jackson Hole is a remarkable addition to the already beautiful landscape.
I bought an existing log home to see how I would like living in Jackson Hole. It was better than even I could have imagined so I began the process of building my own custom log lodge. I found PrecisionCraft and I began a dialogue with them about what I was dreaming about.
I exchanged a number of thoughts that I had with my sales representative, and looked at photographs they had of other projects plus clippings I had collected. Having already owned a log home, I know how much logs can shrink and was very interested in their non-settling system. I live in Chicago and it was not convenient to fly to Idaho. We arranged a meeting on-line with Mountain Architects and I was able to see them design a virtual floor plan of my home and make adjustments in real time. The first elevations they sent me were surprisingly close to exactly what I envisioned and most of the changes from there on were quite minor.
I originally purchased a lot high on a hill overlooking the Tetons but when the PrecisionCraft folks came out to look at my site they gave me the bad news that my dream was not architecturally congruent with the property. Fortunately, I was able to sell the property after finding a terrific spot just 300 feet from the Snake River, with a robust view of the Tetons. This site was flat with plenty of space for staging the construction process.
The name of my completed log home, “Ironjim Lodge”, came from a nickname from my kids for finishing the Hawaiian Ironman three times.
It may have taken the McKinneys a trial run in a previously built home, two pieces of property and years of dreaming, but in the end, the Ironjim Lodge speaks for itself. To see more images of this home and read more about the McKinneys read their Inspired Living story “Jackson Hole Haven.”