What could be better than having a beautiful log home situated in an idyllic Colorado landscape? Having two.

The 14 families that have homes at Storm Mountain Ranch, a 1,063-acre log home community in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, also share rotating use of Hideout Cabin, a log home nestled high in Walton Creek Canyon, two miles from the rest of the community. Each family gets the cabin for three weeks a year.

Brothers James and Jeff Temple built the cabin in 1997 to give potential buyers a place to stay while looking at the property. They selected designer Bob Fitzgerald; Edgewood Log Structures of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho as log producers; Cole Moulton of Summit County-based Moulton Construction to manage the development; and Cole’s partners and brothers Matt and Chris Moulton as general contractors.

Building in Remote Areas: Lessons Learned

Drilling a well. It took five hours to move the drill rig two miles.

Digging the foundation. The site was in a glacial valley, so as the Moultons dug they hit granite boulders the size of a truck. (Broken boulders were used on the outside of the cabin, the fireplace and landscaping.)

Moving logs. Getting materials up the canyon road required an all-terrain lift with straps.

Tunneling through snow. At an elevation of 7,600 feet,  Hideout Cabin gets lots and lots of snow. When snowbanks reached eight feet high, the Moultons had to tunnel through them to reach the site.

Powering on. The cabin is off the power grid, so the team built a little power house, which takes power from 56 camouflaged solar collectors and converts it from DC to AC. (The cabin also has a propane-driven backup generator.

Design: Touch of the Rockies

The 3,320-square-foot cabin includes a main level with a living room, kitchen and two master suites, as well as an upstairs loft with bunk beds for children. Joined with traditional saddlenotch corner intersections, the logs have a unique beaver-tooth finish at the ends. The inside has stone wainscoting, as well as the “glass forest” window – a single pane of glass set between two cedar trees. The interior staircase was created from a standing-dead bristlecone pine tree. Timber from the tree also was used for mantels on the cabin’s three fireplaces, which were built using the same stone they unearthed during excavation. Interior décor features bronze light fixtures, fireplace screens and furniture, and giant etched-glass doors that slide open for views of 110-ft. June Falls waterfall.

Story by Deirdre Schwiesow
Photography by Roger Wade
Styled by Debra Grahl