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Feels Like a Vacation Retreat

Posted by eugene on June 11, 2019  /  in Blog, Luxury Home, Minimalist Home, Modern Home  /  Comments off

Bill and Mayra Richardson from Hockley, Texas, were looking for a weekend home so they could spend time at their ranch. They wanted a good quality, durable, beautiful house without paying for a new build.

Researching log cabins online, they found Ulrich Log Cabins. They visited the factory to watch the building process. Bill says, “The people we met that were actually doing the construction stopped what they were doing, they spoke with us, they answered our questions.” He could tell the builders were “quality people who actually care about what they’re doing.”

Sales associate Chris Fenn was personable, trustworthy, and easy to work with, showing the Richardsons in detail how the cabins were built. The model cabins felt like a vacation retreat, and Bill and Mayra decided on a 16×52 Homestead cabin. They liked the high ceilings and the two-bedroom, two-bath model. They appreciated being able to customize the interior layout of the home.

All went well with the delivery of the cabin. In the year since, weekends have been filled with family times, boating, and fishing at the ranch. The cabin is at the heart of all their family celebrations. One of the Richardsons’ favorite features of the log cabin is the big front porch, where they drink coffee on the weekends and enjoy the view. “We use it for weekend retreats with the family,” Mayra says.

The Richardsons love their Ulrich log cabin. Bill says, “Anytime you make a purchase this large, it’s important to know you can trust the people you’re dealing with.” He is enthusiastic about working with Ulrich Log Cabins to build the cabin of Mayra’s dreams. He says, “From the minute I started talking with them to when they finished the porch, it’s been a pleasurable experience.”

The Perfect Getaway

Posted by eugene on May 20, 2019  /  in Blog, Luxury Home, Minimalist Home, Modern Home  /  Comments off

When Steve Donovan wants a break from his job on the road, he heads out to his hunting cabin near Rock Springs, Texas.

“I’ve been hunting out here for 10-12 years and always wanted to have a place out here,” he says. He wanted something off the beaten path with a view from a hill. He found raw land he loved in the free-range hill country, land with no utilities or even a road.

Once the site was prepared, Steve wanted two cabins which would be turn-key, but he knew that dealing with construction companies would take a lot of time and hassle. He loved the simplicity of working with Ulrich Barn Builders.

Donovan and his wife met with Ulrich sales associate Chris Fenn. Fenn made them comfortable throughout the process of looking at model cabins, considering options, and making plans. Chris accommodated all the changes Steve requested.

Steve chose Ulrich’s 32×44 foot Moose Creek cabin, the perfect size for his family which includes three daughters and their families. The 14×32 foot Bear Lake cabin is used by hunters or other visitors.

With service manager Carlos and his crew, the delivery process of the finished cabins went well. Steve says the Ulrich Barn Builders cabins are “built solid as a rock.” He loves all the wood incorporated into their design. It offers a rustic, hunter’s look with a homey feel. “They’re set up beautifully, they work beautifully, and they’re designed beautifully,” Steve says.

Donovan enjoys spending time at the cabins with his family away from the city, enjoying the hill country, the views, and exotic wildlife in the area.

He says, “I don’t get out here often enough. This is heaven out here.”

Ulrich Factory Tour Gets Even Better

Posted by eugene on January 14, 2019  /  in Blog  /  Comments off

At Ulrich Cabins we try to create an amazing experience for each of our clients. We set expectations high, and then we work hard to deliver on our promises.

We want to make the buying process as enjoyable and helpful as we can. In 2017 we built a beautiful cabin park so that our clients can experience a variety of sizes and styles before they settle on a cabin design.

Recently, however, we took things to another level. We completely renovated a large portion of our office space into dedicated sales and design rooms. These rooms are finished out with the same materials we use in our finished cabins, including hand-scraped style laminate flooring, cedar wainscot, and pine walls.

After our clients and their Ulrich design consultant have toured the cabin park and the inside of our factory, they can pull their chairs up to a large, rustic table next to a giant screen.

The design consultant pulls up a cabin design on the big screen, and they begin customizing the design, switching between a standard layout and 3D view as they go along.

It’s a great space to think through cabin design details because the room itself feels much like being in one of our luxurious cabins.

It’s just another way that we make the purchase process as fun and as enjoyable as possible.

If you’re in the market for a beautiful cabin, call us to schedule a factory tour, and you’ll be able to see our new offices for yourself!

Ulrich Cabins Provide 5 Star Accommodations for Rodeo Champions

Posted by eugene on October 17, 2018  /  in Blog  /  Comments off

Kenny Hague and his wife Jo Goertz-Hague are the owners of Crooked Creek Ranch, a 1000 acre ranch near Hamilton, Texas.

Kenny and Jo are the founders of Equine Champions for Christ, a Christian rodeo camp for youth. ECC brings in famous rodeo champions to instruct and mentor the youth. Clinics include bull riding, team roping, horsemanship, bull fighting, and barrel racing.

The organization’s goal is not only to teach rodeo skills, but to teach students about the foundation of champion performance: Christ, education, family, and then the sport.

Hamilton is a very rural part of texas, and lodging can be in short supply. The Hagues decided to build a lodging park for their preachers and instructors. They didn’t want rough bunkhouses, however. They wanted 5 star accomodations for their guests.

Jo is a real estate buff, and the style of the Ulrich Log Cabins suited her really well. Kenny liked the build quality of our cabins.

So far they’ve purchased six Ulrich cabins. The four smaller cabins are compact 16×18 ft models, in a studio configuration. The two larger cabins are very popular as family cabins, featuring two bedrooms plus loft space.

When the cabins aren’t in use by Crooked Creek Ranch and Equine Champions for Christ, they are available for vacation rentals.

Kenny recommends Ulrich Log Cabins for two reasons:

The build quality is superior to other mobile housing options
You can customize an Ulrich cabin to your needs and wants

Where Every Day is Christmas

Posted by eugene on September 06, 2018  /  in Blog  /  Comments off

Eddie and Monetta Reyes are the owners of Reindeer Ranch at Round Top, a guest ranch for visitors to the bi-annual Round Top antiques fair.

Eddie and Monetta are on a mission to share the spirit of Christmas — love — with their diverse guests. The ranch slogan is “Where Every Day is Christmas.”

In keeping with their theme, the Reyes named each cabin after one of Santa’s reindeer. Their largest cabin is fittingly named Rudolph.

The couple found us online, and worked with cabin design consultant Tonya Johnson to plan the details of their guest cabin. They settled on a 16×52 ft Ulrich Log Cabin from our Homestead series.

Monetta wanted the lighting, in particular, to help create the perfect holiday mood. To that end, almost all the lights in the cabin feature dimmer switches, including the edison lights on the front porch.

The cabin “Rudolph” doesn’t have a shiny red nose, but it does have a distinct copper colored metal roof and extra dark log siding. The front features a full length porch, and the back has a smaller porch.

The Christmas tree in the living area stays put all year long, and every room has a touch of Christmas in the decor.

The cabin has been a success for the ranch. Guests are wowed by the warm, Christmas themed atmosphere and the quality of the cabin. Monetta says the guests always assume it was built in place like a traditional home.

The Reyes plan to add several more Ulrich cabins in the future, giving guests a range of cabin sizes to meet their needs.

Monetta particularly enjoyed working with Tonya on the project. “I really value that Tonya was an out-of-the-box thinker, she says. “Together, we were able to stay within the budget and really, exceeded my expectations.”

Ulrich Cabin a Great Choice for Vacation Rentals

Posted by eugene on August 08, 2018  /  in Blog  /  Comments off

Stan and Kay Myers are the owners of Brazos House Retreat, a vacation rental property close to the Brazos River near Glen Rose, TX.

The couple has had vacation rentals for a number of years now but decided more recently to add another cabin to their portfolio — this time an Ulrich cabin.

Stan and Kay worked with Ulrich Cabin Design Consultant Brian Wrinkle to design their 14×34 ft Ulrich cabin. They settled on the Hardie-style exterior, painted a coppery brown color.

Inside, the cabin is laid out in a compact two bedroom, one bath layout. It features a nice kitchen with generous cupboard space and an open living area.

Delivering the well-built cabin was a challenge. The Myers’ lane twists and turns up the steep slope to the top of the hill. The Ulrich crew unloaded the cabin off of the truck at the bottom of the hill, then using two all-terrain forklifts, slowly made their way up the steep climb.

After the cabin was safely in place, we built a porch over the front door, overlooking the Brazos River Valley. The Myers hooked up the utilities and installed a nice rock skirting around the bottom of the cabin.

The Myers like that their Ulrich cabin is sturdy, tight, and energy efficient.

“I would recommend Ulrich for anyone that wants to put in a rental cabin,” says Kay, “Or even a home to live in.”

Ulrich Mega Cabin the Perfect Gathering Place

Posted by eugene on June 06, 2018  /  in Blog, Luxury Home, Modern Home  /  Comments off

Frank and Sharon McEachern are city dwellers who bought 500 acres in rural Paradise, TX for weekend getaways. They loved hiking and exploring, but they couldn’t host family and friends in their little “shack.”

Fast forward 12 years, and the McEacherns started looking for a way to build a spacious cabin. They didn’t want to hire a traditional general contractor who would build on site, since they couldn’t be out at the property enough to ensure that the building would be built to their satisfaction.

They started looking for a cabin builder who could deliver the assembled cabin to the property, already built. Sharon researched extensively, even visiting a company in Tennessee. But no one could deliver a ready-built cabin with the size the McEacherns needed.

Sharon wanted three bedrooms, a spacious dining room for a large table, and a play space for the grandkids. With the help of Ulrich Cabin Design Consultant Tonya Johnson, Sharon was able to check all the boxes.

We delivered the cabin to the site in two sections, and then connected them together in position. We built the porch on site after the cabin was in place.

The final result was a 32×62 ft mega cabin with a full length, extra wide porch. High ceilings and a large, open concept design make for a wonderfully spacious living area.

The McEacherns spend most weekends and holidays at the cabin. Sharon especially loves the view from the porch, looking out across their private lake.

Sharon describes the Ulrich culture as having “A real service mentality, which I greatly respect.”

Sharon loves the quality of her cabin. “It’s way above average,“ she says. “I would recommend it to my son, my daughter, you know — people you tell the truth to.”

Family Fun at the Lake House

Posted by eugene on May 30, 2018  /  in Blog, Modern Home  /  Comments off

How do you get your teenagers to spend more time with Mom and Dad? Vee Hanssen and her husband Keith decided a lake house might be just the ticket.

The Hanssen’s teenagers love surfing and wakeboarding, and the Ulrich cabin-turned-lake house has been a hit.

Vee worked extensively with Ulrich Cabin Design Consultant Brian Wrinkle to perfect the details of the layout.

Borrowing from the trendy Scandinavian style, the Hanssens settled on an all pine interior. The result is a clean design that leans a bit more modern and a little less rustic than the typical Ulrich cabin.

After the cabin was delivered, the Hanssens added a porch, outdoor bathroom, and custom tile shower. The porch features cable style railings and a misting system to keep the Hanssen’s cool on those warm summer afternoons.

Vee loves the view over Possum Kingdom Lake, and her dog Daisy enjoys frequent dips in the cool lake water. It’s been great — the teenagers love playing on the water and Keith and Vee have a comfortable spot to relax when it gets hot.

Vee is extremely impressed with the quality of the cabin.

“I wanna say thank you to all the guys and gals there at Ulrich that made the process pleasant,” says Vee. “I just love my cabin and I just want to thank you so much — and hope to do it again!”

Ulrich Cabin Brings New Life After Barn Burns

Posted by eugene on May 08, 2018  /  in Blog  /  Comments off

Leah Rummel owns a semi-rural property near Austin, Texas. She had a nice big barn for her donkeys, goats, and chickens. Sadly, it caught fire and burned.

While all the animals escaped unharmed Leah didn’t have the energy to build another big barn in its place. She wondered what she could put in its place that would be already built, and could just be moved into that same spot and set up.

Her search led her to Ulrich Cabins, and cabin sales consultant Tonya Johnson. Leah brought a friend and came to see our factory in Cleburne.

Tonya showed her actual cabins being built in the factory and walked her through our display units. Leah then worked with Tonya to design the perfect multi-use space.

Designed to fit the dimensions of the barn, the cabin measures  14 x 24 ft. It features a spacious bathroom, a tiny loft, a storage nook, and a kitchen. Leah knew she wanted to put a murphy bed in the main living area, to keep it as flexible as possible.

Additionally, it was important to have privacy between the cabin and her main home, while at the same time allowing natural light. The solution was to include a dormer facing the main home, with two windows installed near the roof line.

The cabin looks great on the property and works wonderfully as a multi-use space. It serves as a pool house when Leah’s special needs son and his classmates come over to swim. When her brother visits from Italy, he can comfortably stay in the cabin for several months at a time.

Leah has had a great experience with Ulrich. “I got to design what I wanted, which was really great,” she says. “And it came back the way I wanted it.”

Does the Ulrich Warranty Cover This?

Posted by eugene on March 28, 2018  /  in Blog  /  Comments off


John and Stacey Buchanan own a ranch about 4 ½ hours west of Austin, only about 45 miles from the Mexico border.

Built in December of 2016, the couple really enjoys spending time on the ranch in their Ulrich cabin. They loved how easy and enjoyable it was to purchase their cabin, but recently they had the opportunity to put the Ulrich warranty to the test.

The light fixture over the kitchen sink appeared to have quit working, and a couple of the interior doors needed adjustment.

John was ready to work on the light himself, but he decided to call Ulrich in case our warranty would cover the issue.

John was able to schedule the repair for a convenient time when he had planned to be at the cabin anyway.

Gustavo Garcia, one of our skilled builders, hit the road at about 4:00 a.m. to make the 5 ½ hour drive to the ranch.

The Buchanans report that the work was done “Quick, fast, professional.” John is psyched to have his light working again, and his interior doors adjusted as well — free of charge.

“The aftercare, the service after the fact, the warranty work . . . the little things that we’ve had done have been fantastic,” he says.