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Vacation Cabin in Oklahoma

Posted by Craig Miller on February 22, 2021  /  in Uncategorized  /  Comments off

Sean Salz fell in love with the Kiamichi Mountains near Honobia, Oklahoma. Years of searching found him the perfect vacation property with a gorgeous view of a spring-fed creek, pines, and mountains. Looking for housing, he explored double-wide trailers to RVs. With eighty miles to the nearest construction company, a house built onsite was prohibitively expensive. 

Then he found Ulrich Cabins online and loved the designs. He toured the Cleburne factory and signed for a 32×44 Moose Creek cabin the same day. With three daughters, Sean needed plenty of bathroom space. The three bedrooms easily sleep eight people. 

“What was so great about Ulrich is that within 10-12 weeks, we could be onsite with a fully fabricated home,” Sean says. Cabin designer Brian Pokrifcsak gave a projected build time of 14 weeks, but in 11 weeks their vacation cabin was onsite and fully functional.  

His family has decorated the cabin like an upscale hunting lodge with game trophies and longhorns. They spend about every other weekend at the cabin and go more often in the summer. With friends and extended family, they enjoy trail riding, fishing, hunting, swimming, kayaking, and campfires, getting away from the stress of the city.

Sean spent most of the COVID-19 quarantine at the vacation cabin and improving the property. “It is far more beautiful than we expected it to turn out,” he says. “We’ve got a perfect place here.” 

Every detail of the process was well taken care of with Ulrich Cabins. Sean says, “We’re proud to be part of the Ulrich family.”

Ulrich Cabin – Exactly what they wanted

Posted by Craig Miller on February 10, 2021  /  in Log cabin, Uncategorized  /  Comments off

After Dave and Jane Slater retired, they looked for a hideaway, a vacation spot. They found 36 acres of land near Milano, Texas and wanted a secluded cabin to put on it.

The Slaters’ wanted a well-built cabin for themselves, their children, and their future grandchildren. They found Ulrich Log Cabins online. When they toured the Cleburne factory, they could see the quality of the cabin construction.  It was exactly what they wanted. With the type of materials used, build quality, and Ulrich craftmanship, Dave says, “It’s the finest cabin I’ve been able to find out on the market.”

Starting with a 16×36 Park model, the Slaters modified the cabin plans to suit their needs. They wanted a loft for extra space for children to sleep in. They also wanted more counter space in the kitchen and a bigger shower and bathroom.

Their site was remote and hard to reach, but “Ulrich did what they said they were going to do. They did it on time, and every component of it was very professional,” Dave says.  

Visiting their cabin feels like camping—but with all the amenities. “It’s completely relaxing,” Jane says. “You can feel your blood pressure lower as soon as you get here.” The Slaters spend their time encouraging native plants and trees to grow on their land. 

“We’ve enjoyed it more than we ever expected,” Jane says. “We can’t go a week without coming out here.”

Dave loves their cozy and peaceful cabin too. “It’s the smartest thing we’ve ever done,” he says. “It’s exactly what we wanted.”

Time Together With Comfortable Cabin

Posted by Craig Miller on February 03, 2021  /  in Uncategorized  /  Comments off

Jim Laferney grew up hunting and fishing, and wanted the same experience for his grandchildren. A medical professional, he needed a place to recharge. When Jim and his wife Claudia bought 386 acres near Olney, Texas, they wanted a cabin to stay in so they could spend more time together. 

Jim considered building a cabin. But when his son told him about Ulrich Log Cabins, Jim visited the Cleburne factory. Impressed by their workmanship, he realized an Ulrich cabin would give them a nearly instant but high quality home. 

The Laferneys worked with cabin designer Brian Wrinkle to choose a 16×56 Homestead cabin. Jim says, “Brian was courteous. He didn’t mind our changing the floor plan.” He wanted a cabin that appealed to Claudia.

He knew that when the cabin was set up, Claudia would want to spend time together at the ranch. “It made it a lot easier to get her out here once I had a place that she could call home away from home,” Jim says. 

Now Claudia and Jim enjoy reading on the front porch and spending time with their grandchildren, surrounded by mesquite, cactus, and wildlife. Claudia says, “Our front windows overlook a lot of our land, and it’s so wonderful to be here and see land—no traffic, no other houses.” 

Jim says his wife has done such a good job making their cabin a beautiful home that when the weekend is over, it’s hard to leave and go back to the city. He says with the quality team at Ulrich, “you’re going to have quality products.” 

“This is going to be a cabin for a lifetime,” he says.

Cabin Porch the Perfect End To the Day

Posted by Craig Miller on January 27, 2021  /  in Uncategorized  /  Comments off

Les and Cindy Yoakum were burning a brush pile on their land in rural west Texas. Noticing the view, they thought it would be neat to have a cabin with a porch in that clearing in the woods. As they looked into log cabin kits, they found Ulrich Log Cabins online.

Cindy says, “They had the best website, and they had the best cabins going, and they were near enough we could drive there.”  As a general contractor for 49 years, Les wanted to see how Ulrich cabins were built. He was impressed by the solid framing. 

Cindy and Les did not want to cut down any of their trees to bring the cabin in, so they chose a 16×40 cabin. The original floor plan had two bedrooms, but they put a loft over the kitchen and eliminated the second bedroom. This meant the cabin was small enough it could be brought in between their trees. Cindy says, “It’s a good weekend size, and it’s functional.” 

Ulrich Log Cabins are very customizable. Cindy liked having so many options, with choices of floor plan, interior finishes, wood stains, lighting, and more. Working with cabin designer Brian, she says, the Yoakums got exactly what they wanted. 

Les was happy to buy the cabin ready-built from Ulrich Log Cabins because it was less expensive than he could build it himself. 

The Yoakums added decorative stone to the cabin’s foundation, as well as concrete walks. They furnished the cabin with rustic furniture. Their grandchildren enjoy sleeping in the loft over the kitchen.  

The cabin’s front porch faces west, overlooking a small pond. Les and Cindy love to sit on the porch, drinking sweet tea, watching the sunset, and listening to the coyotes and frogs—the perfect way to end their day.

A Better Home Building Experience

Posted by Craig Miller on January 20, 2021  /  in Uncategorized  /  Comments off

Tom and Emilia Mason of Henderson, Texas, wanted a weekend home near relatives. After eight years in China for Tom’s job, Emilia wanted to reconnect with her grandchildren. She had a piece of family land cleared for a home near her relatives.  It was the beginning of a home building experience.

While visiting Tom’s granddaughter who had an Ulrich cabin, Tom was impressed by the craftsmanship. The Masons made an appointment to tour model homes at the Ulrich Cabin Builders sales lot. Within five minutes of walking into the first model cabin, the Masons felt comfortably at home, convinced they also wanted an Ulrich cabin. 

Sales associate Chris Fenn patiently guided the Masons as they worked through customizing their 32×44 Moose Creek Cabin, explaining possible options. Emilia has a large family, so she wanted a large living room and space for a big dining table. “Porches are one of my favorite things. I love my porches,” she says. 

Tom does the cooking and wanted a big, custom kitchen. “Chris was great to work with all the way through,” Tom says. “The customer care that Ulrich provides is beyond anything that a normal contractor would even think about. Ulrich has done everything we’ve asked.”  Ulrich strives to provide a better home building experience.

While the Ulrich team was building the porch, Emilia realized she wanted certain details changed. The crew immediately figured out how to accommodate her wishes. 

“Not only does Ulrich build the product correctly, their sense of pride and the way they handle themselves with their customers is pretty unique,” Tom says. “If something is not exactly right, we’ll discuss it,” finding the best approach to fix it. 

The Masons say their Ulrich Moose Creek Cabin fits them perfectly. Laughing, they explain, “This is our last home. This is where we’re going to stay.”

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.

Painted Moose Creek Cabin Fits the Bill

Posted by Craig Miller on November 30, 2020  /  in Log cabin, Uncategorized  /  Comments off

Roger and Jill Graham purchased six acres outside of Austin, Texas about five years ago, dreaming of building a guest home for family and friends. Looking into plans for building a custom home, the price was too steep. 

They found Ulrich Cabins in an internet search for custom home builders. When the Grahams brought the house plans to our team, our designers turned those plans into their dream cabin, customizing every part of the 24×26 ft Moose Creek cabin, down to the location of electrical outlets. Jill says their Ulrich designer Johnny Salazar looked for ways “to get to ‘yes'” to their requests. 

Jill and Roger added extra windows in the kitchen and living room for a light, airy feel. The cabin is finished with gray Hardie style siding and white trim. The window in the front door sports a Texas star. 

During the build, Ulrich Cabin sent updates and photos from the production team. The Grahams went back to the factory to give the nearly completed cabin the final approval.

“The design of the Moose Creek appealed to us because we liked the higher ceiling with the dormer windows,” Jill says. The main room is paneled with white-washed pine. The bedroom is big enough for a queen bed as well as a stackable washer and dryer. 

Roger appreciated that the cabin was not built on-site.  This eliminated construction mess on their land. “It just shows up one day, and they piece it together,” he says. “And it’s done.”

Keeping Dad Close By

Posted by Craig Miller on November 25, 2020  /  in Log cabin, Minimalist Home, Uncategorized  /  Comments off

As you get into late retirement, you need to make some important decisions. What kind of housing can I afford? If I need care, where will I live? Should I choose a nursing home, assisted living community, or move in with my kids?  For the kids, keeping dad close by is important.

About four years ago, Leroyce Burchfield and his wife were in the process of building a new 3000-square-feet home. Before they finished building their home, Leroyce’s wife passed away. 

Now in his eighties and widowed, Leroyce didn’t want a large home to maintain. At the suggestion of his son Larry, they came to our factory in Cleburne to check out our log cabins. Larry and Leroyce liked what they found and chose the Bear Lake Cabin, our one-bedroom model that includes a kitchen, bath, and living area.

They placed the cabin on the same land as the larger home, where Leroyce’s son Larry lives. This way Larry has dad close by should he need assistance. For Leroyce, it’s a great arrangement that lets him stay near family. It’s privacy without isolation.

Leroyce really likes his cabin, although in retrospect he recognizes that a two-bedroom model would be really nice. A little more space would make it easier to keep things organized and tidy.

The living area is where he spends most of his time. He has it outfitted with a giant TV screen, a nice recliner, and a desk for his eschatology research and web browsing.

“I enjoy it,” says Leroyce, “real nice, real nice.”