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Nes­tled at 9,200 feet, over­look­ing one of Colorado’s premier high el­e­va­tion lakes, this handcrafted log home by GreatLand Log Homes couldn’t be in a more per­fect set­ting.

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The owner’s dream was to cre­ate a unique, one-of-a-kind log home uti­liz­ing a com­bi­na­tion of log con­struc­tion and mod­ern build­ing meth­ods – a hy­brid log home. This dis­tinc­tive struc­ture blends con­ven­tional handcrafted log con­struc­tion, log post and beam el­e­ments and tra­di­tional fram­ing along with high per­for­mance, en­ergy ef­fi­cient ma­te­ri­als in the foun­da­tion, floors, walls, roof and ex­te­rior doors and win­dows.

The foun­da­tion was formed with an ICF (in­su­lated con­crete form) foam foun­da­tion sys­tem which gives the base­ment level higher in­su­lat­ing and ther­mal mass val­ues. The sub­floor and roof sys­tem struc­tures were de­signed with en­gi­neered lum­ber (a com­bi­na­tion of Ijoists, LVLs and LSL rim board). Steep pitched roof lines were com­bined with

large over­hangs on all sides of the house to help shed snow and pro­tect the ex­te­rior walls in the win­ter while pro­vid­ing abun­dant shade in the sum­mer. Wood/ clad ex­te­rior doors and win­dows were com­bined with high-al­ti­tude, in­su­lated Low “E” glass to max­i­mize ef­fi­ciency. Mas­sive win­dows were de­signed into the Great Room prow walls to cap­i­tal­ize on the views of the sur­round­ing moun­tains and lake as well as gain pas­sive so­lar heat.

The real high­light of this ex­tra­or­di­nary cus­tom home is the handcrafted log work by GreatLand Log Homes, a de­sign/build log home com­pany out of Colorado that pro­vides log pack- ages and dry-in pack­ages through­out the coun­try. Large di­am­e­ter Western Red Cedar logs with flared ends were used through­out the home, cre­at­ing a cap­ti­vat­ing de­sign el­e­ment. The av­er­age midspan di­am­e­ter of the wall logs and beams is 16 inches while the flared log ends ex­ceed three feet in di­am­e­ter. The own­ers re­quested that the main log post in the Great Room be a “char­ac­ter log” so the team at GreatLand used a 42 inch di­am­e­ter mammoth flared cedar log to serve as the fo­cal point in this area. The en­tire roof struc­ture was built with even larger flared end logs to pro­por­tion­ally fin­ish out this im­pres­sive log home.

see an­other floor plan by GreatLand Log Homes on page DREAM Home 19.

FAR LEFT: Mas­sive Western Red Cedar logs with flared ends high­light this hy­brid log post and beam de­sign.

ABOVE, LEFT: The warmth and beauty of the Western Red Cedar logs are com­ple­mented by nat­u­ral stone.

ABOVE: The “hy­brid” log post and beam frame is com­pleted on site.

TOP: The main Great Room char­ac­ter log is a 42 inch di­am­e­ter flared end cedar post.

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