Northwest NEWS

January 3, 2000

Features

Building a dream house

log home

Pam and Doug Crim's log home has not only received national attention, but is warm and welcoming for their family and friends.

by Deborah Stone

   Dream homes come in many shapes and sizes. For Pam and Doug Crim, a log cabin house represented everything they wanted in a home.

   "We both loved the log look and knew we wanted to live in a rural setting, which would complement that style perfectly," explains Pam.

   After they got married, the couple began building their ideal place on five acres off Echo Lake. The land had been in Doug's family for years as original homestead property dating back to the late 1800s. It took the Crims about nine months to complete their log house, which was an International Cedar Home package modified to the couple's specifications.

   "The house is a Lincoln Log construction, but with insulation built within the construction," says Pam. "We compromised to allow quality insulation, while still maintaining that rustic look. Some of the inner walls are natural cedar and some are sheet-rocked."

   The home is 2,700 square feet, has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a large country kitchen, living room, dining room, family room, and office. Furnishings are mostly Early American antiques, as Pam is an avid antique collector.

   The house attracted the attention of International Cedar Homes and has been used by the company (whose offices are in Maltby) for open houses, as well as for promotional pieces in their publications. It's also been featured in the January 2000 issue of Country Home and a log home magazine in Japan.

   "People seem to like the fact that our house is finished to a tee," says Crim. "All the beams are hand-finished. They also really like the kitchen's color combinations of blue and white with copper accents."

   Last August, International Cedar Homes called the couple and asked to use the house again for a promotional publication for national and international distribution. Four homes were chosen in the area and a photographer was sent out to take pictures in the fall. The publication is due out in early 2000.

   The attention their home has received is flattering to the couple, but what is most important to them is that they have created a welcoming place for family and friends. "Our intention was to have a cozy home designed for family living," explains Crim. "We wanted to have a beautiful house, but it also had to be very livable and comfortable."

   With radiant heat, the house stays warm in the winter, along with a large fireplace, which dominates one wall of the living room. At night, according to Crim, the wood is illuminated. She says, "It gives off a lovely glow and you just want to sit and bask in the warmth."

   Building their house was a gratifying experience for the couple and they would not hesitate to do it again.

   "Lots of people tell you horror stories about building houses, but we thoroughly enjoyed doing ours each step of the way. There's something so rewarding and satisfying about making your dream come true."