We are assuming rightly or wrongly that many readers of TinTeePeeLogCabin have found their way to this new blog. If you are a new reader, here is a little background as to why we think we can speak/write about home restoration.
Our home in Montana is a beautiful log cabin with a deck overlooking the creek. The Cowboy and I with Nat’s (the Cowboy’s father) help built this home from the ground up. We only used outside contractors for the fireplace, concrete work and final roofing material–we built the rest. This is the third home Michael has built and one he enjoyed building very much. It is constructed of 6×12 western red cedar logs with aspen and spruce walls and ceilings. Many friends and family have said of our home, “it’s so cozy and warm.”
In January 2003 following the death of my father the Cowboy and I started traveling south for part of the winter months. At that time we were both still working–Michael owned his own construction/excavating business and I continued to work as a nurse consultant for Kimberly-Clark. That first year we were gone less than a month but each year our southern travels have lasted longer and longer. In April of 2014 we purchased a home in the community of North Ranch near Congress and Wickenburg, Arizona. North Ranch is a RV/retirement community with a mix of RV lots, park models, mobile home and many stick built homes. Our home was a stick built one sitting on a quarter acre lot which backed to the desert land owned by the BLM.
This North Ranch house needed work–tiny windows blocked the beautiful desert/mountain views, the kitchen was a total disaster and the flooring in this built in 2002 house was vintage 1970’s–stick on linoleum! The carpeting was probably original to 2002 although we couldn’t be sure.
Boxed in kitchen, cabinets made from 1970’s paneling and shelves nailed to the walls with huge nails–really!!
We purchased the house and shortly thereafter departed for Montana. In the fall of 2014 we came back with a cargo trailer full of building supplies and tools. As to the “Cowboy” portion of this blog–Michael is a cowboy in the truest sense of the word–horses, cows, hat, manners, Wranglers, etc. But he is also a “cowboy” in the sense he uses non-traditional methods for getting things done and is really frugal in all aspects of his life.
The Cowboy’s son Lonn manages a large ranch with absentee owners. Several years ago the owners of this ranch decided to build a new ranch manager house for Lonn and his wife LoraLee. The plan was to allow the fire department practice by burning the old farm house with its newer windows and doors. Enter the Cowboy–he spent three days at Lonn’s removing all the windows and doors–these doors and windows have been stored in one of our barns since that time.
This window came all the way from Montana in our enclosed cargo trailer–and fit perfectly–now we can see that gorgeous mountain/desert view!
The kitchen was boxed in by two walls–we removed both those walls opening up the kitchen to the views created by the new windows and giving the house a more open look. Kitchen cabinets are beyond expensive–and the Cowboy is frugal–so we rented a U-Haul truck and made a trip to Mesa, AZ for used cabinets and used furniture. The cabinets were gorgeous custom made ones removed from a huge home a young couple was renovating. The Cowboy measured, cut and measured some more making those cabinets fit–
The person who originally built this house had issues with design–the master bath is tiny and the guest bath is huge. To help solve the space issue in the master bath, the Cowboy, while we were in Montana for the summer, built a barn door–
Now you no longer have to step around the door to get to the toilet.
Next to the last project before selling–marble tile counter tops–gorgeous and a whole lot less expensive than solid surface counter tops.
And the last project–laminate floors in the kitchen/dining area.
The Cowboy isn’t cut out for subdivision living and in late December we stuck a sign in our yard to see if we could sell the North Ranch property without the aid of a realtor. We had a steady stream of lookers and one couple came back and came back again. They bought the house. The process was made seamless by Pioneer Title in Wickenburg.
So, onward we go to southeast Arizona–a home and guest house on acreage near the community of Pearce, AZ. Both buildings are in sad shape from being unoccupied for years but I bet the Cowboy and I can whip them into shape. Follow along with us as we rebuild and enjoy a slower pace of life in southeastern Arizona.