When you build on a ranch in an area with more than 5,000 documented archeological sites, you have to respect history.
Garry and Ming Adams began their search for an old-fashioned cabin plan in a decidedly modern way: on the internet. They soon discovered a stock plan from Winterwoods Homes in Virginia to use as a basis for a hired-hand cabin on their guest ranch.
“Logs fit the character of the area,” Garry says. The couple’s southwest Colorado ranch — Canyon of the Ancients — is also home to a traditional adobe house, a stone house and a pioneer log cabin that are available to guests.
Most important features: To make the hired hand’s cabin look natural on the ranch, it had to have timeless materials and a classic look. A special fireplace was high on the couple’s “must have” list for the home.
Garry and Ming used Winterwoods Homes’ “Little Friar” plan as a jumping-off point, recalls company representative Jeffery Caudill. At just 882 square feet, the cabin needed to feel as large as possible on the inside.
“We added upper-level dormers to give them a more formal guest area in the loft,” Jeffrey says. The main-level bedroom and bath were expanded, and an open kitchen and great room help the interior to feel more spacious.
Even if you aren’t building on land filled with notable artifacts, you might be interested in a historic look for your new log home. The key to making it feel genuine? Winterwoods Homes’ Jeffery Caudill offers these tips:
The best way to create authentic charm is to use old materials that carry character created over time. Wood, logs and timber posts and beams used in the Adamses’ cabin are 250 to 300 years old.
Ming and Garry chose native flagstone flooring for the cabin, in part to echo the stone building tradition of their location. Think about what types of finishes someone building a home centuries ago would have used and try to follow that lead.
Try corrugated steel roofing that ages to a deep red patina. Materials that are time-worn (or can be made to appear that way) will help reinforce the vintage look you’re after.
Square Footage: 882
Baths: 1 full