"A Peaceful Perch"Log Home Illustrated, February/March 1997
A home intended for summer instead becomes a year-round delight.
Carol and Bobby Adkison spent 30 years of their lives as proud Texans and closet Coloradans. Owners of a boarding stable for horses, they also worked nine-to-five jobs, Carol in the medical field and Bobby in the grocery-marketing firm. Like most working people, they got two weeks off a year. We either took the vacation in Colorado, says Carol, or we always managed to go through Colorado.
The first discussions of life among the aspens and pine centered on retirement. Then a second home. And finally, we got a bee in our bonnet, Carol laughs. We thought we would look for a cabin to come to in the summer, but we didnt find anything we wanted around Durango, our first choice for a location.
The focus shifted to the Denver area since their son resided there. He found a real estate agent who took the Adkisons nearly everywhere in the central part of the state looking at existing structures. Just when they were about to decide to remain Texans, the agent found a special piece of undeveloped property near Evergreen, in the mountains west of Denver.
It was just raw land, says Carol. We came to it, walked it and fell in love with it.
Perched on the side of a mountain, the five-acre site became their vacation destination every summer for years. Carol and Bobby would pace the land, planning where to put the house and dreaming of the time when it would all happen.
Then, late one summer, they returned to Texas and put their Houston place on the market. The sold it within a week.
The hunt for a builder began in earnest. After seeing other log homes Scott Deem had built over the past 22 years, Carol and Bobby selected Scotts Rancho Deluxe in Conifer to do the work from start to finish, an important consideration since they were able to visit the site only twice during construction.
After selecting a PrecisionCraft Log Structures design that offered the formality Carol wanted, the next critical decision was the orientation for the home. They have big views180-degree views, Scott reports. You can see snow caps to the west, as far as 50 miles away. Needless to say, its impressive.
With the view as a major consideration, the house was placed as high as possible on the lot. Because of the steep pitch to the property, extra excavation and even blasting were necessary to achieve enough room for the 3,800-square-foot Douglas fir house with its 500 square feet of exterior deck.
The home has a comfortable great room on the main floor, along with the kitchen, utility room, powder room and master suite. The basement includes a family room, two bedrooms, bath, a family room and garage. Scotts craftsmen hand-manufactured every piece of interlocking trim in the house.
While Carol loves the home so much that she doesnt even like to go anywhere, the pride and joy is actually outside; a hot tub off the master bedroom. Bobby and I love to go out there in the tub in the winter, says Carol. Well get out of the tub and have a snowball fightthen get back in the tub and just laugh.