For Indiana residents Larry and Patty Green, skiing is as much a part of the holidays as eggnog, mistletoe and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

But it wasn’t always so. There was a time when Patty had to coax her semi-retired husband onto the slopes. “He said the only way he would get out there was if he could walk out the front door to ski,” Patty says. So that’s exactly what they did.

After admiring Colorado’s scenery during frequent visits, the couple bought a lofty perch high amid aspen and firs in Mountain Village, a snowcapped setting that made the decision to build a log home an easy one. Here’s how they did it:

A custom design by builder Casey Smith and architect Mark Gawey.

  • Dining RoomStanding dead Engelmann spruce logs salvaged from the high Rockies by local handcrafter Wind River Log Homes based in Montrose, Colorado. They were hand-hewn rectangular logs with dovetail corners highlighted by full-round posts and beams.
  • Five bedrooms, five bathrooms, eight fireplaces and a 450-square-foot kitchen with maple cabinets, granite counters, heart-pine floors, two bars and a banqette large enough for 15 plates.
  • Special features including a 46-foot-high wrought-iron staircase, a 6,500-pound, 11-foot-long mantel in the great room, Farmer’s Rock sandstone covering the home’s foundation and Iron Mountain stone for the flooring in the the patio, master bathroom and entryway.

For more on this home, check the December 2005 issue of Log Home Living.