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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 10:35 am 
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....This is where lockers would come in handy. :JEEPIN: That's the excuse I gave my wife anyway. :pepper:


:lol: That's funny. I guess there's a benefit to me being single as I don't know how many others would be understanding of the $ being spent on my Jeep.

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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dieselenthusiast wrote:
....This is where lockers would come in handy. :JEEPIN: That's the excuse I gave my wife anyway. :pepper:


:lol: That's funny. I guess there's a benefit to me being single as I don't know how many others would be understanding of the $ being spent on my Jeep.



The key is to marry someone who’s Jeep compatible. :JEEPIN:

Oh, you’ll love the weather when you come out. We are hitting the upper 30’s for the night lows. We usually get our first frost around the second - third week of September. :mrgreen: Day time highs are still in the upper 70's to lower 80's.

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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Tricia was just asking about you guys today...Hope all is doing well down there.

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:41 pm 
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Tricia was just asking about you guys today...Hope all is doing well down there.


We're doing great! Tell her that Sarah said, “Hi”. I briefly talked to Marty about coming up to the Springs sometime in the future. How's that SFA coming?

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:52 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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Beautiful area, you have my attention. Northern NM is near the top of my list for retirement areas. I am basically looking to settle near the four corners region, SW Co., NE AZ, SE Utah, NW NM.

we will be passing close by that area on our way to Tx for the holidays

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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Beautiful area, you have my attention. Northern NM is near the top of my list for retirement areas. I am basically looking to settle near the four corners region, SW Co., NE AZ, SE Utah, NW NM.

we will be passing close by that area on our way to Tx for the holidays



Yeah, we really like the 4 corners area. After traveling all over AZ, NM, CO, and UT, we chose to make Northwest NM our retirement location. On your way to Texas, do you take I-40 through NM? If you have time, we’d love to show you around. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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Here’s a video clip of some wheeling in the Zuni Mountains. This was taken not too far from where I live (Cibola National Forest).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaxazjFQrLE

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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We have finally agreed on a log home design and floor plan. There are a few minor details that we still need to work out, but the main plan/design is finalized. It will be another two years before we build, but we’re moving closer to reaching our goal.

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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Nice log home. I like the glass above the porch among other things. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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Nice log home. I like the glass above the porch among other things. 8)


Thanks Gary! The large windows are for solar. Our winter temperatures get fairly cold, so we rely on solar heat for free heat. We are going with either 10” or 12" logs. Logs have mass (also known as absorption), not R value (Reflection). At higher elevations, larger logs perform better, especially in the Winter. All 9" and 10" logs out perform a framed house. 8" logs are very similar to a framed home and 12" logs warms a little in the summer (holds the heat), but also warms and stays warmer longer in the winter.

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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Sweet 8) . Mind posting any floor-plan layout or interior renderings?

Hopefully during the two years prior to building you'll be able to work out all the other involved considerations.

Were there any on-line resources you found useful researching building of mountain homes?

Congrats on starting down this path. Gotta be exciting. :BANANA:

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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Sweet 8) . Mind posting any floor-plan layout or interior renderings?


There are many things to consider when building a home at our elevation and climate. First, we had to think about water pipes that could be vulnerable to freezing. As an example, we hit -25 last week. :shock: Second, we have to consider solar heat. The large windows have more than one purpose (curb appeal), they also allow a substantial amount of solar heat into the home, in this design, the large windows will deliver solar heat to the downstairs and loft area simultaneously.

We don't have the updated floor plan available, but what you see in the photos below is what we started from. The downstairs is fairly consistent to what you see in the photo. The upstairs is actually a loft area, so where you see "Rec Room" will actually be open to the main floor. A log cabin isn't a log cabin without a loft. :mrgreen: The upstairs utility/laundry room will be moved downstairs. We still don't know what we're going to do with the garage area????? The final touches will really depend on the type of basement that we choose. I dislike dark spaces, so a walkout basement would be more ideal for my likings.

We want to heat our home with a wood burning stove, therefore we have designed the home to be "open" allowing distribution of heat. The wood burning stove will be situated in the living room area allowing for cooler bedrooms.

This is probably more detail than you wanted, but I wanted to explain our design and floor plan so you would understand why things are laid out the way they are. We have a few more years before this dream becomes a reality, so we have plenty of time to work out the details. Since planning this, we’ve come a long way in a very short time. They say if you can build a home without a divorce, then you have a strong marriage. :lol: :lol: We made it through grad school together, and so far that was much harder on the marriage. :grim:

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Here's the loft: This is the old design, so ingore the "Rec. Room". That will all be open to the downstairs. Obviously, there’s a little more refiguring upstairs. We want a small sitting area to enjoy the amazing views.

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 Post subject: Re: Moving back to NM
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Cool. I'm a detail guy, so no you didn't provide more info than I was looking for.

I was wondering if you had researched various log cabin construction means (e.g. different timber sizes, etc.) or looked into ideal soffet overhang for you latitude to permit the lower winter sun to enter to help warm the house versus the higher summer sun being more blocked and the windows shaded.

You guys should do fine through the struggles and stresses of custom house building.

Thanks for the updates.

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I was wondering if you had researched various log cabin construction means (e.g. different timber sizes, etc.) or looked into ideal soffet overhang for you latitude to permit the lower winter sun to enter to help warm the house versus the higher summer sun being more blocked and the windows shaded.


Craig, since you’re looking to buy property out here and possible build a cabin, I’ll go into more detail for you and others who have expressed interest.

I’ve done a fair amount of research over the years. There are several log home companies out there, and each company tries to be unique in design, fitment, and the type of log offered. This will be our second log home, so we’re fairly familiar with log home construction.

The high desert is a very interesting place, and perhaps a perfect place to build a log home. There’s no doubt that “mass” is your friend. Whether building with adobe or log, mass is the key to maintaining good Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring temperatures. Our Summer daytime highs rarely hit above 92 degrees, and that’s only for a small period of the year. Even at that, peak temperatures hold for no more than 2 hours before the temps start to plummet. If you have a well insulated home, there’s absolutely no need for air conditioning at this elevation. The Summer daytime temps don’t stay warm long enough to heat the logs, therefore the inside temperatures will stay below 72 degrees. The average nighttime temps in June are 40’s. I’d say the average nighttime temps in July and August are upper 40’s to lower 50’s. And I’ve seen frost in mid September. The cool nighttime temps keep your home nice and cool throughout the day.

For full solar benefit, the way you position your home is critical. The Navajos always build their Hogan’s facing east. There’s incredible solar energy coming from the east when the sun rises and incredible solar energy coming from the west when the sun sets. Solar energy isn’t as crucial for me because I’m burning wood, and it takes very little wood to heat a home (especially an open floor plan). But I do like the natural light. To address your question, people who have larger windows do utilize blinds to help block heat and brightness.

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