Monthly Archives December 2020

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Space for the Grandkids

Posted by Craig Miller on December 21, 2020  /  in Log cabin  /  Comments off

Richard and Debra Craig expected to retire next to a golf course. But one thing led to another, and they ended up developing 26 acres of raw forest near La Grange, Texas into their own little slice of paradise with room for family. 

Family is super important to the Craigs, so when they built their primary residence, they designed it with enough space for one of their daughters and her family to be able to spend time with them comfortably.

However, when their other daughter and her family returned from overseas, they wanted to know where they would stay when hanging out on the Craig’s property. So the couple began shopping for a small cabin that they could bring in to accommodate an additional family.  In other words, space for the grandkids. 

Whether by chance or by destiny, Richard stumbled upon an Ulrich cabin in the area, and took a picture of the Ulrich brand insignia on the cabin. He went home and researched our company, and liked what he saw.

Richard and Debra made the several hour trip to our factory in Cleburne to see our cabins in person and talk to one of our Ulrich Cabins design consultants.

They settled on a 14×34 Homestead, complete with a full kitchen and two bedrooms. The bedroom space for the grandkids features a set of bunk beds. A day bed in the main living area makes so that the cabin can accommodate a total of five people. Also, their bathroom has a bathtub to accommodate the younger children.

Having just completed building their primary residence with a traditional home builder, the couple loved how much easier it was to work with Ulrich.

“I don’t normally give anybody 5 stars,” says Debra, “But from the very beginning to the end, everything Ulrich represented themselves to be, you know, was actually what it was.”

Every commitment they made to us, they met,” says Debra.

A Home on the Mini Ranch

Posted by Craig Miller on December 11, 2020  /  in Log cabin, Uncategorized  /  Comments off

Bill and Brenda Piganelli of Crowley, Texas, spend their workdays serving people as a firefighter and as a Family Nurse Practitioner. During time off, they enjoy spending time in the country caring for their livestock and pets on their 12-acre mini ranch. 

Some years ago they purchased a small Ulrich Barn Builders cabin so they could stay on the land over weekends. Eventually, they decided to move to the ranch permanently in order to better care for their animals and enjoy more time outdoors. 

The Piganellis wanted the cabin built more quickly than regular contractors could. They toured the Ulrich Barn Builders lot, then spent several years dreaming over house plans for their mini ranch. “When we met with the salesperson, it was a breeze. We got all our options, the way we wanted all our rooms to be,” Brenda said. 

Bill and Brenda were happily surprised by how individualized the Ulrich cabin could be. They chose a 28×42 Moose Creek Cabin, eliminating the hallway and one closet, swapping out a desk in the kitchen for more cabinets, and modifying the bathroom. 

“We always wanted a log cabin, but not necessarily the log look,” Bill said. Because Ulrich Barn Builders can customize any building, the Piganellis were able to get the cabin feel with cedar wainscot on the bottom half of the walls, with pine for the upper half and the ceiling.

The couple was surprised at how fast Ulrich was able to build and deliver their new cabin. They were also impressed with Ulrich’s service. After the cabin was delivered, they found a few glitches with the electricity. These were quickly resolved when one of the Ulrich electricians stopped by on his way home from work the same day to fix the issues.  

The cabin is angled on a rise so the Piganellis can enjoy the view for miles out over the valley. “We’re just real excited about living here,” Brenda says.

Retirement Cabin Fulfills Her Dream

Posted by Craig Miller on December 04, 2020  /  in Log cabin, Naturalis Home, Uncategorized  /  Comments off

Ever since vacationing in Colorado years ago, Julie has dreamed of  having her own retirement cabin. After retirement from her teaching position, Julie decided to move closer to her daughter and sister in the Bryan, TX area.

Before she retired, Julie had a 3 bedroom home in San Angelo, but she decided she really didn’t need a large home in Bryan. She just needed enough space for herself and her dogs.

Julie obsessed for months over the design of her retirement cabin. With Ulrich Design Consultant Tonya Johnson’s help, Julie settled on a 16×48 ft Ulrich Log Cabin. Julie loved touring the Ulrich cabin factory and seeing the cabins under construction.

Located not far from Lake Bryan, Julie’s site was on a small paved road, and is nestled in dense forest. Julie had the land cleared and the needed utilities installed in preparation for the cabin’s arrival. 

The cabin features a single bedroom and bath, a small kitchen, laundry, and a dining and living area. Julie wanted her porch to face the woods, rather than the road. She loves reading and relaxing on the porch, especially when it rains.

Julie really likes the quality of the cabin. She’s had almost zero maintenance, and her highest electric bill has been $80. 

“Everyone that’s going to retire or needs a vacation home should go to Ulrich,” she says, “Because they will get you exactly what you want.”

For Julie, living in her own cabin is a long time dream come true.