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COMPLIMENTARY Publication of the Gunnison Country Times

SPRUCING UP GUNNISON New and remodeled homes are giving Gunnison a serious makeover Make the most of your space

Is your home pet friendly?


The good olʼ days Remember when banking was about personal relationships? Your local loan officer sat across a desk and helped you work out the loan that was right for you and your personal situation? They looked you in the eye and could help you determine what you could afford, how much the home you were buying was really worth, and exactly how your mortgage would work and what you’d be paying. And, they were there to help you if your situation changed.

Steve Williams, President Michelle Dominguez Loan Officer

Shandy Kibler Sr. Loan Officer

Craig Bryant, Vice President Sherry Pecaric Loan Officer

Janice English Vice President Chiriya Stoeber Loan Closing Officer

Gunnison Loan Department

Well, weʼre still doing business that way. Sure, we have and use all of the latest in banking technology; but after several years of “creative financing,” online mortgages, and virtually anonymous, unregulated mortgage brokering, the markets are finally seeing what we’ve known all along: there’s no substitute for sound, basic real-estate lending practices. Gunnison Savings & Loan is the Gunnison Countryʼs Number One Mortgage lender. Stop in and see for yourself what experience and personal service can do for you, because Crested Butte Loan Department

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MOVE IN READY: 3 bdrm/2 bath home w/ huge fenced back yard, office/den, trees, room to build a garage, spic & span condition, convenient location; 409 N. 7th; $229,500

OHIO CREEK FRONTAGE: 4 bdrm/3 bath home w/ decorative turret, maple cabinets, top notch construction, open floor plan, lg mud room, treed lot, attached 2 car garage; 133 Spring Meadows Tr; $568,500

PARK LIKE SETTING with this 4 bdrm home at 418 E. Virginia; bungalow style home w/ hardwood floors, hot tub w/ gazebo, corner lots, 2 bath, plenty of shade trees, oversized 2 car garage, deck; $295,000

NEW LISTING: Country home on 8+ acres, borders BLM, minutes from Blue Mesa Lake, fireplace, log beams, vaulted ceiling, 4294sf, chef’s kitchen, caretakers’ quarters, 4 car garage; 27001 Hwy 149; $675,000

EXCELLENT PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT on this 4 bdrm/3 bath home at 295 N. 3rd; fenced yard, gorgeous kitchen w/ lots of cabinets & counter space, extra large 2 car garage, close to the river park; $295,000

THIS HOME SITS ON 4 CORNER, landscaped lots at 701 N. 14th; centrally located, Yard of the Week, 3 bdrm w/ loft/rec room, 2 car ports, atrium/sunroom w/ hot tub, hickory cabinets, gas log fireplace; $315,000

MOTIVATED SELLER: 3 bdrm/2 bath home w/ detached 2 car garage & studio/workshop; oversized shower, pergo floors, formal dining room, 3 lots, deck; 913 N. 14th; $244,000

NEW LISTING: Ranch style home w/ huge barn on over 2 country acres, no covenants, heated 2 car garage w/ workshop, sunroom, fenced yard, easy access to public lands, 4 bdrm/2 bath; 452 Ute Lane; $350,000

BARGAIN PRICE on this 4 bdrm/2 bath home just east of town at 15 Tomichi Lane; no covenants, over 1 acre, corner lots, horses allowed, south facing deck, garage, lg storage shed, fenced yard; $249,000

SPECTACULAR VIEWS from this 3 bdrm/3 bath home on 6.81 acres, no covenants, corrals, barn/tack shed, log siding, hot tub, patio, 2 pellet stoves, 2100sf, 207 Mountainside Dr; $350,000

AFFORDABLE HOME: 3 bdrm/1 bath home at 323 N. Boulevard; 2 car garage, corner lot, trees, just 4 years old & in great condition; $185,000

PRICE REDUCED on this energy efficient, quality constructed home at 177 Columbine Rd,in Panoview Park. 3 bdrm/3 bath, lots of southern exposure, hickory cabinets, storage shed, 2 car garage, built in office suite; $345,000

CUSTOM LOG HOME 30 minutes from Gunnison on over 1 country acre; no covenants, plenty of wildlife, close to public lands, over 4000sf, 4 bdrm/3 bath, 2 car garage, nice landscaping; 16555 Hwy 149; $635,000

HORSE PROPERTY/MINI RANCH with creek frontage, no covenants, 35 acres, 4 bdrm/2 bath, nearly 2000sf, hay meadow, tack shed, borders public lands; 43451 County Rd 14PP; $329,000

NEW LISTING: 2 bdrm/2 bath home with plenty of room to expand onto the 1.76 acre lot; horses allowed, just 3 miles north of Gunnison at 3056 Hwy 135; pasture, outbuildings, wood floors, new roof, workshop, trees; $399,000

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Editorial Index

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CONDOS/TOWNHOMES

Bodines breathe life into decrepit ‘depot’......... 6

Ground level condo at 212 S. 11th for $129,000; priced under appraised value, 2 bdrm/1 bath, appliances, southern exposure, pets allowed.

Big winter = lots of spring cleanup .................. 15

Fully furnished golf course condominium on the front nine; 2 bdrm/2 bath, new furnishings, excellent condition; Water Wheel #3; $155,000

What’s with ‘organic mattresses?’ ................... 18

New listing: Van Tuyl Village townhomes; prices start at $169,000; 1-3 bdrm, with or without garage or carport; quality construction.

Have a pet friendly home ................................. 22

Brand new townhome at 314 S. 11th for $219,000; 3 bdrm/3 bath, ready to move into, lg mstr bdrm suite, bright & sunny, all appliances.

The state of real estate, building ..................... 27

A real bargain: 3 bdrm townhome w/ 1 bdrm apartment; fenced yard, huge kitchen, 2 car garage, great views; 295 N. 3rd; $295,000

How to dispose of CF bulbs .............................. 32 New home a welcome addition ....................... 34

BUSINESSES & COMMERCIAL Profitable Screen Printing business includes top of the line equipment, retail, wholesale, excellent name & reputation; $150,000; Call Cathie for details. Commercial/Retail building at 213 N. Main for $375,000; Remodeled building in the heart of downtown; lots of pedestrian & vehicle traffic

Advertisers Index

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VACANT LAND A real bargain! 2 acre lot just 10 minutes west of town off CR 17 for $45,000; horses allowed, excellent views.

Artisan Rug Gallery

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Mountain Mutts

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B2 Builders/Bulldog Remodeling

28

Mountain Windows Inc

44

Bank of the West

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National City Mortgage

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C S I Concrete Systems Inc.

20

Office for Resource Efficiency. (ORE). 38

Cabin Collectibles

10

Oh Be Dogful

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Cabinet Wholesalers, Inc.

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Ol’ Miner Steakhouse, Inc.

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Multi-family lots in the Van Tuyl Village Subdivision; prices start at $145,000 for a 4 plex lot. Get details at www.clarkeagency.net

CB Electrical

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Charles A Peterson & Assoc

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Peak Properties Management & Sales

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Excellent views, ranchette, 80 acres, no covenants, owner financing available, 6 miles from Gunnison; $197,500.

Christopher Klein Construction

41

Premier Mountain Properties

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Chuck's Glass

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Ptarmigan Contractors, Inc

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Clarke Agency

3, 5

Quick Draw Carpet Cleaning

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Colorado Fasteners

22

40

Colorado Glass and Shower

33

Richard Almgren Insurance Agency Inc

Crafted Custom Homes & Remodeling LLC

Rocky Mountain Frames & Trophies

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36

RSC Equipment Rental

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Critter Sitters & Outfitters

23

Shed City USA

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Fry, Colleen

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Studio West Interiors

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G Bank & Trust

43

Sun Sports Unlimited

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G Development Co., LLC

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Supreme Clean

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G Garage Door, Inc.

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The Book Worm

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G Glass

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40

G Metal Shop, Inc.

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The Greenhouse Landscaping & Nursery

G Savings and Loan

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Today Realty

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GC Contractor’s Association

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Town and Country Autoplex

38

GC Electric Assoc

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United Companies

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Greatland Log Homes

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GV Floor Covering

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Henry’s Radio & T V LLC

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High Country Garage Door

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Insurance Center

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Morrison Tile & Stone

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United Country Blue Moose Realty

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Valley Concrete Pumping

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Viles Electronics

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W Cafe

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Wardcraft Homes

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Western Lumber

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Super in-town building site in the 400 block of 8th St for $85,000. Convenient location, surrounded by nice homes. 40 acres, no covenants, just 10 minutes west of town, million dollar views, mini-ranchette, off CR 17. $99,500

Golf Course lot on the back nine for $220,000; 1/3 acre, trees, 851 Fairway Lane. Ready for your new home! Tomichi Creek meanders through this 106 acre ranch in Parlin; numerous building sites, hay meadow, views; $940,000

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New life breathed into old depot Bodines find hints of building’s Salida past during major remodel by Michelle Burkhart Upon entering the Bodine home, one probably wouldn’t peg it as an old train depot. However, hints of the home’s history can be found with further scrutiny. The home was delivered to Gunnison via a train in 1947 from Salida, where it originally functioned as the train station, according to the realtors who sold the Bodines their home. During the Bodines’ remodel, Ken Bodine found a stash in the

Through a "painstaking" process, Ken turned the old depot into a beautiful, polished home. The Bodines contracted Lake City Millworks to put in honey-toned alder cabinetry in their kitchen (left and right). Ken extended the dark old entryway and put in doors with full glass panes (center) to create a light-filled room. (Bottom) Rain and Ken relax with their sons Kody (3) and Wiley (5) on their new wood porch, built by Ken. Photos by Michelle Burkhart

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wall of old worn coins — pennies, nickels and dimes — dating back to 1880. He guesses they fell through slots in the wall, perhaps from an old change desk at the depot. Their are other subtle hints of the home’s original life as well — such as large, eightby-five foot sliding wood pocket doors with antique ornamental brass hardware and locks that separate two large rooms, high ceilings and a room configuration that does not suggest a single family residence. Ken has also found cut lines that prove the home was moved in at least four pieces. An old church service program from the 1880s was found as well. ••• When Ken and Rain Bodine bought the home in the summer of 2005, it was trashed. The home had been foreclosed on, and Ken’s first chore was to haul 150 yards of trash and mishmash to the dump. The young couple, however, knew the home — with high ceilings, multiple, angular roof lines and a unique room configuration — had potential from the minute they walked in. Ken Bodine, who is 33 and owns his own construction company called Bodine Construction, said one of the main goals of the remodel was to maximize the available space of the 1,600 square foot house. Knocking down a couple walls of did wonders to open it into a spacious and airy home that welcomes beautiful natural light in the afternoon. Now when you walk into the Bodines’ home, the living area, dining area and

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kitchen are all one large room, in a loose “L� shape configuration. Ken also took the old entryway, which originally resembled more of a dark old shed, and expanded it by 36 square feet. It is now a light-filled room with two Douglas fir trimmed doors that have full glass panes and open onto a newly built wood porch. In the main quarters of the house, Ken started by pulling the wallpaper, and soon realized he would need to gut the entire house. He put on a new metal roof, took down the chimney and stuccoed the walls. “It was a long, painstaking deal,� Ken recalled. He finished off with new windows, doors, wiring, plumbing and insulation. Ken removed the old flooring in the home’s main rooms, which consisted of three layers of Douglas fir, laminate and then carpeting. He replaced it with dark-toned bamboo flooring — known to be environmentally friendly since it is a renewable resource that grows quickly. The Bodines looked to Lake City Millworks (see story on page 11) for their kitchen cabinets, made of honey-toned alder wood. Ken finished off the kitchen counter space with taupe-colored sandstone porcelain tiling. There are only a few final pieces of the

remodel to be done, such as putting in new doors and door trim. The Bodines plan to refinish the original large sliding pocket doors from the old train depot and re-install them. They will separate the living area from the bedroom where their sons, Kody, 3, and Wiley, 5, sleep — reintegrating a hint of the home’s past life in Salida. ■When Ken and Rain Bodine first stepped foot in their soon-to-be home in 2005 it was a dump. The couple, however, knew it had great potential with its high ceilings and multi, angular roof lines. On the right, Rain looks to the north where the kitchen sink is now located beneath new windows. Ken took out the wall on the right side, turning an old bedroom and bathroom into a dining area that is now open to the kitchen. Courtesy photos

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Lake City Millworks moves to Gunnison

Bill and Beth Wyman, owners of Lake City Millworks, show off some of their recently finished cabinets made from standing dead aspens from a friend’s property near Lake City. The couple recently moved their business to Gunnison.

by Michelle Burkhart At Lake City Millworks, nearly everything is made in-shop. “We don’t order out any of our pieces and parts, such as doors, like a lot of folks do,” explained Beth Wyman, the designing half of the husband-and-wife team. They specialize in making custom cabinets and furniture. The Wymans have their own saw mill even, and about half of the wood they use is local — hand selected standing dead aspen and Douglas fir. After running the company for 15 years in Lake City, the couple continued page 12 HOMES INSIDE & OUT

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The Wymans sanding wood at their shop, located next to their home west of Gunnison High School. 11


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brought their business to Gunnison about two years ago. The shop is now based next to their home, just west of Gunnison High School. Beth said the couple can do just about whatever anyone wishes — from “plain Jane” cabinets to “outrageous and far-out pieces.” “You get the best of both worlds,” Beth remarked. “A lot of people are just straight forward, but every once in a while you get a good challenge.” One television center that the couple recently made fits the bill for being unique. The couple weaved willow together to create the “distressed red piece.” They were able to preserve the willow in a stage that showcased the first signs of spring. “We kept the willow green so it bloomed and then it was all fuzzy,” Beth explained. “When we finished it, it preserved the fuzzy little springtime nodules on it. “It just turned out fabulous.” The Wymans form a two person shop. Beth is the “sanding monkey” and visits the homes, does the measurements and creates the designs. Bill is the shop manager and runs the table saw and other heavy machinery. Bill has always known he would work with wood in some way. He still has a big maple china hutch that he made while a student at Gunnison High School. “It took a lot of years to work it into an actual cabinet shop,” Beth said. “We’ve just slowly and surely worked it into a pretty good little business.” For more information about Lake City Millworks, call 641.0470. ■ HOMES INSIDE & OUT

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What surprises await when the snow melts? Sure to be plenty of spring cleaning, repairs after big winter

by Michelle R. Allen This year, we’ve seen what a heavy winter has meant: great skiing on the plus side, but lots of back-breaking shoveling and a hard winter for animals on the down side. But what happens when all this white substance finally melts and we can see what’s been hiding under it for the past several months? More specifically, what does a heavy winter mean for spring maintenance in, outside and around our homes?

Ice dams, above, will almost certainly creates some spring roof maintenance needs — such as re-screwing metal roofs. Also, snow should be removed from the immediate vicinity of a house to prevent seepage into basements.

Repairs Specialists at local hardware stores shared similar thoughts regarding “common” repairs they anticipated happening this spring, mostly having to do with siding and roofs. Manager Pat Strahl of True Value predicted many people will need to replace screws in their roofs, as ice can often push them out. Additionally, aluminum flashing — the material which forms the intersections and terminations of roofing continued page 16 HOMES INSIDE & OUT

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systems and surfaces, to thwart water penetration — must be replaced if leaks crop up in the valleys of the roof. “If a house wasn’t properly flashed, it will show (this spring),” said longtime general contractor Gary Haney. “Even the best (flashing jobs) will have a hard time holding up to this big of a winter,” he said. Many homes are already reaping the effects of snowmelt, namely from leaky roofs and water in basements and crawl spaces. Gary Christopher of Ace Hardware attested to the number of people who have already come in to purchase sump and transfer pumps, as well as those buying them as a preventative measure. Leaks can also be a problem for second home owners whose primary residences are not in Gunnison. “The piping problem has pretty much passed now since we aren’t getting such drastically cold temperatures,” said Christopher, “But we do have several summer home owners who come in around May having to fix (their) pipes and other leaks.” Other repairs that may be necessary include damaged landscaping, chipped off paint and cavities in driveways. As an example, Christopher told of an incident where a plow accidentally took out a residential gas meter in the process of piling snow up on the curb. “Once the snow is gone, we’ll see how much it, as well as plowing, has done to landscaping,” he said. continued page 17

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by Michelle Burkhart A new organic bed mattress line has made its way to the Gunnison market, and it’s not only good for the environment and human health, but also offers superior comfort and sleep, according to a local business that recently started to carry it. “We’re trying to become more environmentally conscious,” explained Interiors with Oohs & Aahs Store Manager Colin Uerling. Dr. Norbert Sass, a biologist from Germany, created the Somina mattress line after his wife started to complain of sleepless nights. The Somina organic mattress has half the “recovery time” of many visco-elastic mattresses, according to Uerling. Viscoelastic mattresses are known to mold to the body’s form and be more supportive than regular mattresses. The quicker the recovery time — the time it takes the foam to spring back — the less tossing and turning at night, Uerling claimed. This is because the mattress quickly fills back behind the body when a person rolls over so the back is well supported. Unlike the foam in most visco-elastic mattresses, which are made from petroleum products, the Somina mattress is made almost completely from renewable raw materials — primarily soy beans. Dr. Sass also put Mother Nature to work in keeping bed bugs away from Somina foam. For example, Kapok is integrated into the mattress. The natural bitterness of the Kapok tree wards off moths, spiders and mites and prohibits fungus growth, according to Sass. The lack of these unwanted visitors is especially beneficial for people who suffer from allergies. For the health conscious, the Somina mattress has one potential downside — as do all mattresses in the United States. Some critics, including People for Clean Beds, claim that there is no nontoxic way to make mattresses flame retardant to the extent that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission requires. The Somina mattress uses a flame retardant called FLAMMENTIN, a phosphorus salt-based application, according to Uerling. His understanding is that it is one of the more human and ecologically friendly options. ■

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by Chris Kelly As spring draws near, the Gunnison Valley will be full of emerging wildlife. Some of those species will be welcome to frolic about in our yards. Some won’t. Here are some tips to safely deal with wildlife in your yards and gardens. IN — Install a hummingbird feeder in a well visible area. OUT — Be sure to keep it and all other bird feeders clean, and out of the reach of bears, squirrels and raccoons. IN — To attract woodpeckers, nail two boards together at one end to provide a resonating sound, and hang on a secure surface. OUT — Securely seal any access to your basement or crawl space to keep skunks out. IN — Bats eat a lot of pesky insects. Attract them to your home by building a bat house. Easy instructions can be found at www.batcon.org. OUT — Pets attract predators, including coyotes. Keep an eye on your pets; and help keep them safe by keeping them in a fenced yard. Observing wildlife can offer dramatic, continued page 21 HOMES INSIDE & OUT

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life-altering moments. But be sure to keep safety in mind and respect their space. Do not feed squirrels, deer or elk. Feeding deer and elk is illegal and punishable by a fine. Screen attic vents and chimneys to keep out squirrels and raccoons. Do not feed wild geese, as it intensifies the overpopulation problem. Also fence your yard and plant shrubs to de-emphasize large expanses of grass in your lawn — which will deter them from landing and causing problems. Do not attempt to “rescue” seemingly abandoned wildlife. Their parents are usually feeding close by and will return shortly. Keep wildlife safe by not littering. Every year, countless wild victims die or are severely injured due to carelessness with trash. Gunnison Area Division of Wildlife Manager J Wenum stressed cleanliness in using bird feeders. Cleaning up spills and keeping feeders mold-free can help eliminate avian related viruses and keep undesirable species — like bears — out of yards. For more living with wildlife information, visit the National Wildlife Federation’s Web site at www.nwf.org/backyard. ■ HOMES INSIDE & OUT

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by Britt McLaughlin Tired of your dog running away, chewing up valuable items and barking at visitors? If so, keep these things in mind while considering retrofitting or moving into a new house to help facilitate “dog proofing” a home and yard. Rather than confining your pet exclusively to the inside or outside, invest in a “doggie door.” This convenient device allows dogs to go in or out at their leisure, allowing them easy access to go to the bathroom (outside, preferably) as well as keeping them safe from the elements (by coming inside). There is always the old standby wooden or chain link fence, but make sure when installing one that it is tall enough that the dog cannot jump over. If you don’t like the fenced-in look surrounding your house, there is also the option of the electric fence. “Electric fences are great when they work,” explained Teresa Morrill, a Gunnison Police Department Neighborhood Services Officer. “Remember to

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Nothing makes a small space feel larger than a well-lit room.

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• Bet on bookcases: Tall bookcases can do wonders and make a room appear larger than it is. While wide bookcases decrease open wall space, pulling a room together and making it seem smaller in the process, a tall bookcase will make the ceiling seem higher. Also, a tall bookcase can double as a shelf for family pictures or to store items you use on a daily basis, freeing up clutter from other parts of the home. • Mirror, mirror on the wall: A strategically placed mirror can serve as an optical illusion of sorts, helping a room appear larger than it really is. For example, in narrow rooms hang a mirror on the long wall. This will distract attention from how narrow the room is and make it appear wider. • Leave it to the lighting: A poorly lit room will appear small regardless of how big it is. Keep all rooms well lit. If a room is primarily lit with lamps, make sure the lamp shades are light-colored so the room is bright. ■ HOMES INSIDE & OUT

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Mixed messages

Real estate tale of the tape Units Sold

2005

2006

2007

Residential

256

209

162

Vacant Land

153

71

51

Commercial

13

15

10

Residential

359

178

197

Vacant Land

266

103

73

Commercial

12

14

14

Residential

34

42

40

Vacant Land

42

48

38

Commercial

6

3

3

2005

2006

2007

Residential

$227,468

256,358

272,119

Vacant Land

$184,151

179,381

341,596

Commercial

$550,735

295,700

450,025

Residential

$536,812

753,116

724,644

Vacant Land

$415,465

615,713

614,004

Commercial

$673,333

554,750

602,971

Gunnison (area)

Crested Butte (area)

In some ways, local real estate market following national trends; in other ways, it’s not by Chris Dickey How do you find a realtor in Crested Butte? Go to a restaurant and say “hi” to your waiter. That’s a joke that has been circulating, in various forms, throughout the local real estate community since last summer — and probably longer. It’s meant to illustrate how good the market was — in the speculative heyday after the sale of the ski resort in 2004 — and how bad it has become. Nationally, there’s no question the real estate industry is reeling. In January, the National Association of Realtors reported the slowest sales pace of homes since 1999. January also marked the fifth consecutive month prices have dropped; and the $201,100 average sales price of a single-family home then was 4.6 percent off what it was a year earlier. But locally, as usual, the picture isn’t as clear-cut. “By and large, we’re doing OK,” said Tom Courtney of RE/MAX Community Brokers. “Not good, but OK.” Courtney has been the unofficial number-cruncher for the Gunnison Country Association of Realtors since 1995. He recently completed his analysis of all local sales activity reported through the Multiple Listing Service, which is projected to capture the vast majority (95 percent, by some estimates) of sales activity. The numbers tell a confusing, and sometimes contradictory, story. Gunnison, defined for Courtney's purposes basically as anything in the county from Almont south, finished 2007 with fewer sales but higher prices than ‘06. Crested Butte was exactly the opposite.

Lake City (area)

Average Prices Gunnison (area)

Crested Butte (area)

Lake City (area) Residential

$314,038

280,946

346,986

Vacant Land

$104,057

190,452

217,739

Commercial

$349,167

360,000

378,000

(Source: MLS data compiled by Tom Courtney, RE/MAX Community Brokers. The 2007 Gunnison area sales date EXCLUDES the $8.8 million Rockhouse Ranch sale.)

Building activity break-down

(Below is a compilation of building permit data, provided by the City of Gunnison Community Development Department and the Gunnison County Planning Department, respectively. SFR stands for single family residence, and total permits includes those for additions, remodels, garages, commercial buildings, decks, etc.) City

2005

2006

2007

SFR permits

46

44

38

Total permits

113

101

100

Total valuation of all permits

$15,929,760

$9,033,319

$8,884,279

County

2005

2006

2007

SFR permits

154

143

132

Total permits

270

241

208

Total valuation of all permits

$36,936,635.60

$36,185,896

$30,395,472

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The professionals working in the industry seem to prefer the former to the latter. “To me, a bad market is when you’re losing value,� Courtney said. Martin Froehlich, a real estate appraiser who focuses on Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte, said there’s “definitely a split� between the state of real estate in the north and south ends of the Gunnison Valley. “The north end is experiencing a much different market, but it’s also driven by different factors,� he explained. “It’s predominantly second home owners. That being the case, the national economy is starting to take effect in the region. There’s just not as much sales activity.� The average residential sales price for the north end of the valley (including CB, Mt. CB, CB South) dipped from $753,116 in ‘06 to $724,644 last year — a modest 3.8 percent decline.

“I was expecting a screeching halt and declining values, but none of that has come to fruition. At least not in Gunnison.� -Tara Lambert, a Gunnison appraiser What may be worse sign, some explain, is the length of time properties are staying on the market. According to the MLS, the average number of days a north-end residential property was on the market before selling has ballooned to 480 days. Condos, especially older ones, are losing the most value — about 1 percent a month, according to Froehlich. “You typically see a lengthy exposure period before sales prices start to dip,� he said. “Right now, we’re in that exposure period. If this continues for another year, you’re definitely going to start seeing some pressure on prices.� None of this, most say, should come as a surprise. Investors were buying north-end properties sight-unseen after

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the Muellers purchased CBMR, fueling their own desire to see values soar. The fact that those same investors are walking away — some, as has been the case with “pre-sales” of units in Mountaineer Square, with 10 percent earnest money on the table — is a natural part of the economic cycle. “There have been several run-ups in prices over the years, with corresponding falloffs or flattenings,” said Frank Dickinson, who retired in January after logging 36 years in the local title industry. “What we’re seeing now is nothing unusual.” The Gunnison area market, however, seems to be holding more steady. The average sales price actually jumped in 2007 — to $272,119 from $256,358 the year before. “That blew my mind,” Courtney said. Plus, Courtney specifically excluded last year's $8.8 million Rockhouse Ranch sale from the Gunnison area data, because he knew it'd skew the average sales price to the high side. Most attribute Gunnison’s relative stability to it not being as influenced by investment speculation, and more by locals looking to reside and make their livings here. “I think we’ve fared really well in comparison to other communities across the nation,” said another appraiser, Tara Lambert, who has 16 years experience working in the Gunnison market. She said this is especially true in light of the overall national trend of sagging sales, declining prices and escalating foreclosures. “I was expecting a screeching halt and declining values, but none of that has come to fruition,” she said. “At least not in Gunnison.” As for the old realtor joke? Kelly McKinnis, the GCAR president, indicated there may be some truth to “hobby brokers” having to get other jobs. But, again, the data tells a somewhat different story; at least it refutes the rumor floating around at the start of the new year that dozens of local realtors hadn’t renewed their licenses and were going out of business. McKinnis reported that GCAR has a membership of “about 200 realtors.” That’s virtually unchanged, she said, from a year ago. n

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by Chris Kelly Life in the Rockies oftentimes means life in a log home. A country setting, a tree-filled yard, cozying up and an oldfashioned, natural looking home is heaven on earth to many. But how do you keep a log home looking good? Bill Williams, owner of Greatland Log Homes in the Gunnison Valley, explained that log structures are durable and low maintenance. Much of the reason why is because during the building of a home, logs are pressure washed inside and out. Then, two coats of stain and one coat of clear-coat is applied. This makes care of a new log home easy. Every three to five years, only one coat of clear-coat is necessary. After 10 years, there is no maintenance needed on the logs — though, the east and south sides take a harder beating from the sun and may require a little more attention. However, older log homes may require some restoration and preventative measures, and these hints can help: •Overhanging porches can help shade the structure against harsh rays from the sun •Research insecticides that can aid

against termite invasion and that are safe for the logs •Pressure wash the logs every few years to reduce dirt, grime and pollen — which can build up, turn acidic and erode the finish •Check for any cracks that will allow rain and moisture to penetrate the log. Seal all cracks with a caulking sealant that matches the color of your finish •If you suspect rot, tap the area with a hammer and listen for a hollow sound. Probe the area with an awl for soft spots. Large areas of rot will need new logs, but smaller sections can be repaired with Wood Epox or Liquid Wood. Log homes are a great way to enhance your lifestyle here in the Rockies. With a few preventative measures, your home will stay intact and look beautiful for years to come. ■HOMES INSIDE & OUT

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In a valley where efficiency is considered a high priority, many people have begun using compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) in their homes and businesses. As a result, many have experienced reduced electricity costs and energy use, as well as longer lasting light. Concerns may arise when using CFLs, however, when it comes to recycling them. “There is a very small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing of CFLs, so it is strongly recommended that you recycle them,” said Kendall Kahl of the local Office for Resource Efficiency (ORE). All types of CFLs may be recycled at Mountain Colors Paint & Design, 301 Belleview Ave. in Crested Butte. The service is offered for free as a start up project, though a small fee may be implemented in the future to cover costs. See www.lamprecycle.org or www. earth911.org for information on other lamp and CFL recycling facilities. Regarding the mercury in the bulbs: “Rest assured that it is a tiny amount,” said Kahl, “ … approximately five milligrams per bulb, which is about five times less than the amount found in a watch battery and about 100 times less than what is found in a single dental amalgam filling or old-style glass thermometer, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).” Information on CFLs and mercury from Energy Star can be found at www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/promotions/change_ light/downloads/Fact_Sheet_Mercury.pdf. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are a simple way for Gunnison Valley residents to reduce their overall electricity use. ORE has 13-watt (60-watt equivalent) and 23watt (100-watt equivalent) CFLs available and several local retailers have a wider selection (including Mountain Colors Paint & Design, True Value, Ace Hardware, City Market and Wal-Mart). ORE welcomes questions and concerns regarding CFLs. Visit www.resourceefficiency.org, or call 349-9-ORE for information. ■ HOMES INSIDE & OUT

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Ptarmigan Contractors, Inc. Since first moving to the Gunnison Valley in 1989, Chris Matison estimates he’s worked in just about every building trade there is: carpentry, painting, electrical and plumbing, even landscaping and window washing. Chris took the knowledge and experience he acquired working in those trades to form his own company, Ptarmigan Contractors, Inc., with partner Lee Lambert in 2003. Chris bought out his partner last sum-

mer and is now taking the company to the next level. The Matisons’ home is a testament to the quality of building the company is capable of completing — and the caliber of sub-contractors Chris brings to jobs. Ptarmigan Contractors’ focus is on craftsmanship, high-end finishes and detail-oriented, energy efficient green building, Chris explains. Ptarmigan can be reached at 970-2096733 or chrismpcinc@msn.com.

From the beginning, the intention was to showcase the capabilities of Chris’ company, Ptarmigan Contractors. The craftsmanship exemplifies as much artistic ability as building technique. An ornately designed ironwork railing leading from the kitchen to second story, built by Randy Melton, is a case-in-point of that craftsmanship. Most importantly, the Matisons are quick to note, is that functionality still reigns. There’s plenty of room for Chris, Astrid and their 6-year-old daughter, Sonja. A finished basement with fitness room and two potential extra bedrooms, brings the house’s square footage to 3,800. The home was completed late last May, and the Matisons moved in June 1. ••• The house in Gunnison wasn’t the Matisons first attempt at designing and building their own home. They had taken that step once before in Crested Butte, a house they lived in five years. They learned a few lessons from their first round of design-and-build tagteaming. The 1,750-square foot home in Crested Butte, built from pre-fabricated structural panels, they found to be overkill. “We found it to be a little materially

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Craftsmanship can be seen from top to bottom on this home. Photo by Will Shoemaker

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that. They think it works well next to their historic Gunnison home, built in 1881 from local sandstone. “If you look at the colors and how they blend with the colors of our house, we think it’s really compatible,” compliments Narcissa Channell. Hap Channell also notes the compatibility with the existing neighborhood. “We’re very pleased,” he adds. How do Chris and Astrid feel about the way the project turned out? They’ve been most pleased with the home’s layout. “The floor plan that Astrid came up with, it lives,” Chris says. That includes the large great room, kitchen and master bedroom all on the first floor, with Sonja’s second-story bedroom adjacent to the family’s office. “It’s just a real simple design,” explains Astrid.

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