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Are you lucky enough to be living in a log home?
Building has begun!!!!!! I am so excited!!!!!
What timeframe are you looking to start your dream home?

From dreams to reality

In August 2008 my husband finally saw the light - and agreed we need to sell some other property and invest in lake front property where we can put up a home. So in August of 2008 we began the process of purchasing land on the shores of Gitchee Gummee. We are also selling farm land - way out in the country as our collective dream is to live at the shore. Our goals are to have a handccrafted log home that we can use for vacations - and to rent out (gotta pay the bills). Will we retire there? - only time will tell.

We then spent some time looking around the area, talking, and dreaming. We did confirm (agree) we wanted a log home. And we wanted a handcrafted log home. So we chose the best (in our opinion): Jerry Koski

One can dream . . . .

October 12, 2008
We are moving along - and have had all the contingencies met and our offers accepted. We even have approval for funding - now we wait for the appraisal. It has been a roller coaster with the National budget issues and bank problems. For awhile we thought no one was lending money - then my brother had lunch with the president of a bank and mentioned us to him! And we were approved within a day! Gotta love those connected relatives!

October 23, 2008
Closing on our property is scheduled for 10/29/08 - keeping those logs crossed that all continues to go well. We are postponing the septic system until spring. So . . . . in the meantime we keep planning and dreaming.

October 30, 2008
We own it! Escrow has closed and we own our Lake Superior property. One hundred eighty five lake front feet - one of my life's dreams has been recognized through the grace of God!

August 2010
Wow! Time has moved fast - but getting started has been slow. I cannot believe it has been 2 years since we started this with the purchase of our land. But I am excited to say - BUILDING HAS BEGUN!!


May 2011

I haven't had time to post pictures - but I will someday.  We are here in the UP working on our cabin.  Changing the interior design yet again and loving life on the lake!  The shell is completed, most of the windows are in, the roof is on - and now the finishing touches are being added.  Then we'll proceed to the interior walls; fireplace; bathroom; and kitchen  - then the fun! Decorating!  But that's a long way off! 

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Our journey begins - May 2010

We had an unexpected trip to the UP at the end of May and decided to take this time to begin our construction phase for our log home. In what seemed like a whirlwind event - we met with Jerry Koski ( and toured a couple more building sites. We drew up the plans at his kitchen table and proceeded to dream about the finished house.

Our house will measure 35" by 44"…

Posted on October 11, 2010 at 12:59pm — 1 Comment

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At 8:57am on August 12, 2009, Keith Kallmeyer said…
Thank You Dee
At 7:08pm on August 11, 2009, Davina said…
Dee,do you have a log cabin!! Do you live in Vermont??
At 12:56pm on July 2, 2009, Mark Preece said…
Yes, maybe it would help out.
At 2:44pm on April 22, 2009, Shelley Martinez said…
Hi Dee! Just wanted to pop in and see how you are doing and what's new!! :-)
At 4:07pm on March 12, 2009, Dean Schinnerer said…
Hey Dee, hope you guys made it back from the show in one piece! It was nice to put a face to the posts. Shot me over your email and I will send you the photo's I took with you and Dan....
At 9:55am on March 3, 2009, Ed Roane said…
thanks for coming by the show... we had a great time. wonderful people. it was nice to see you,

At 12:48pm on February 27, 2009, Dean Schinnerer said…
I'm a late nighter....... so it probably would not matter. Regardless, I look forward to seeing you at the show.

At 11:49am on February 24, 2009, Tim said…
My lot has an existing Septic system, but I can find out who to use. Jerry Koski is lining up The Excavator and basement guys so he could better tell you than I. I'm talking to him this week, and will ask.
At 6:54pm on February 23, 2009, Dean Schinnerer said…
Travel safe - we look forward to seeing you there. Would you be interested in some tickets? When you are close - give me a call on my cell and I will set you up. 818-726-0092.

At 2:37pm on February 16, 2009, Tim said…
Are you East or West of Silver City?

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