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[Log Home Tour!] The American Dream: Building a Log Home

After immigrating to the United States when he was 15, a Brazilian man’s path leads him to the ultimate American Dream — building a log home in California’s sunny Sierra Nevadas.

In his most famous and beloved poem, Robert Frost recommended taking the road less traveled. Victor Mendes went one step further and took one not yet created.

Born in Brazil, Victor and his family came to America when he was 15 years old.

Following in his father’s footsteps in the dairy business, he began with four dairy cows, which has now grown to more than 40,000 head of cattle on his ranch in Tipton, California.

It was when his son-in-law showed him another property for sale in Springville — 45 minutes from his ranch — that cemented the location where Victor would build his dream log home.

The problem? There was no road leading up the mountain to the property, never mind easy access to electricity or water.

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