OUR COLORADO PROPERTY
Forbes Park, Colorado
several trips out west, Colorado seemed to keep calling us back.
Several years ago we started thinking about buying land and building
a log cabin somewhere in the mountains (off the grid, of course) and
started seeking out a location for our dream.
in the fall of 2006, we found what we believe to be one of the
nicest places we have ever visited, so we bought a lot. We cleared the
deadwood from the lot in 2007, then installed a septic system and
drilled a 180' well in 2008. In 2009 we installed a
soft start well pump that only draws 8 amps and will work well off
grid. We also cut in a driveway to the building site, dug out the
foundation and poured the cement footers for the cabin. In 2010 Jim
laid over 1300 cement blocks for the basement/garage, put down a sub
floor and installed 2 garage doors. In 2011 he built the log cabin
and got the roof on it before the snow started piling up. It is
boarded up for the winter but he'll head back out in 2012 to put the
windows in, put decking on the wrap around porch and hopefully get a
woodstove installed so we can get working on the inside.
This picture was taken
the day we headed home in late October of 2006 after buying the lot. Mostly Spruce,
Aspen and Juniper populate our lot. See some
pics of the park and our lot here.
Our Log Cabin Plans
plans were designed using Google sketch-up and we have posted
a copy of
people to see. We did them with Google sketch-up in
so we could get a better feel for what it would look like in real
life. An image of what the finished cabin should look
like on our lot is shown at the bottom of this page.
lot overlooks the railroad track that runs from Alamosa up and over
the mountain to LaVeta. We enjoy watching the tourist trains go by on their daily trips over the
mountain and back. One train leaves each of the towns in the
morning and they pass each other near the summit of the pass at Fir
and then continue on their trip. They have a lunch stop in town
then reverse their trips back to their starting point. Many of the
trips will have an old steam engine pulling the train.
we do overlook the railroad, we had been considering building a
cabin that looked sort of like an old train station. This is
one log model we found and this is how it would have looked on
our lot but as we went along, the plan somewhat grew from this into
a slightly different plan.
is what our present plan looks like as done with Google's free
sketch-up program. The image has been layered on top of a
picture of our lot to show how it will look on the lot. The
11' tall basement/garage is 6' out of the ground and has 2 garage
doors on the back side of the cabin. One garage door is 8'
wide and 8'
tall for a car or SUV and the other door is 9' wide and 10' tall to
accommodate our truck or RV.
Click here to see
Follow our cabin progress under
"Our Adventures" to see how the
building is coming along.
Park is a "Covenant Protected" gated community.
The following text was taken directly
from the Forbes Park website:
Forbes Park is a private, rural subdivision
located in the heart of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range in
Southern Colorado. It can be accessed from Rt. 160 at the
eastern edge of the San Luis Valley, 40 miles west of
Walsenburg, 14 miles east of Fort Garland, and 45 miles east of
Alamosa. Forbes Park is located in Costilla County and supports
the Sierra Grande School District.
Forbes, Inc. developed this area, began
selling lots in 1977, and "sold out" around 1982. There are
3,346 lots ranging in size from 1 to 14 acres. The Park
encompasses approximately 13,046 acres of land. About 8,000 of
these are specific lots, the rest of the acreage is comprised of
The Forbes Park Land Owners' Association's
mission is to preserve, protect, and enhance the environment in
Forbes Park in order to increase the value of member properties.
Members are encouraged to become involved with any of the
volunteer committees or other activities in the Park."
to Jim and Elaine
jim.canoer at gmail dot