Moving Up in the World

A retired couple who loves the great outdoors builds a second home nestled in the mountains of Colorado.

Moving Up in the World

By Peter Lindblad
Photography by Laurie Dickson

Mickey and Clyde Grimm were through living like nomads. In the years Clyde worked as an executive in the medical diagnostics field, the couple and their two sons moved constantly, going from Arizona to Colorado to Los Angeles to Philadelphia to Boston to Chicago and later to Texas. Promotions and transfers just came with the territory. The family learned to make the best of it.

Front PorchEach move was temporary. "We rarely stayed anyplace more than two years," Clyde says. "We lived in probably 14 or 15 different houses." None were left the way the Grimms found them. "A lot of places, we knew we weren't going to be there long and the houses were usually fixer-uppers, but by the time we moved on, they were nice houses," he adds.

But those houses were nothing like the 5,600 square foot, four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath handcrafted log home the Grimms recently built in the Colorado mountains, just down the road from Pagosa Springs.

"The house sits on a ridge that drops down into a huge meadow behind us," Mickey says. "The area has gently rolling hills and backs into a national forest. It's far enough away to be remote, but we're also close enough to go into town and have dinner," he says.

Design Ideas
From log choice to bathroom tile, the Grimms addressed each design detail to ensure the result was exactly what they wanted.
  • 10" in diameter logs held together with drift pins. Some of the roof purlins are bigger, averaging 11" to 12", while the truss members average 14" in diameter for a more massive look.
  • A fork driveway with a southern exposure to reduce snow build-up.
  • A stainless steel commercial stove and granite countertops with brown tobacco tones in the kitchen.
  • Surrounding tile and the glass door of the shower were cut to match the rugged mountain terrain. The shower is also 8 feet long and 4 feet wide.
To read to full story of the Grimms' building project, check out the May 2004 issue of Log Home Design Ideas.