Matt Bennett, utahvalley360.com
Many of us dream about it — buying an old cabin in the woods and remodeling it into a modern mountain home — all-the-while maintaining the rustic subtleties that preserve that distinguished old West feeling.
In reality, that’s just what the Dallin family did.
“I would go home at night and lay in bed and dream of what this cabin could become,” says Ron Dallin, one of the owners of the home who masterminded the remodeling. “Putting this home together was a work of love. I would think of ideas and people would tell me that it couldn’t be done.” But with some skillful engineering and hard work, Ron’s dream became a 2200-square-foot redwood reality.
While Ron is hesitant to put a monetary value on the home that he created, he points out that he “wouldn’t sell the property for $1 million. Maybe a million and a half,” he jokes of the cabin just up the road from Sundance Ski Resort.
Obviously, the Dallin families use the cabin as a retreat from the every-day pressures of work and business. But Ron, who is involved in the new Gold’s Gym in Spanish Fork and the new Gold’s Gym and tennis club in Orem, also uses the cabin as a place to work. “I was adding it up in my mind the other day and I probably spend 20 to 25 full days up here a year. I love to plant the flowers. Just the other day I was offered a game of golf and I turned it down to come up here and plant flowers.”
A variety of trees, shrubs, flowers, a huge lawn and many different species of wildlife serve as an appetizing compliment to the cabin.
The property is lined with a variety of trees, including quaking aspen, Colorado spruce, hardwood maple and douglas fir. Flowers and shrubs like bishop’s weed, Colorado columbine, pansies, and yellow snapdragons also add to the overall effect of the landscape.
On occasion, the Dallins have spotted or heard many different types of wildlife, including cougars, deer, elk, moose, raccoons, eagles, hawks, owls and coyotes.
Two elements that help the Sundance cabin maintain that Rocky Mountain, old West style are the Western-style lighting fixtures and the sculptures of Springville’s late Cyrus Edwin Dallin, a relative of Ron Dallin.
Cyrus Edwin Dallin was born in 1861 in Springville. After studying at the sculpture school of T.H. Bartlett in Boston, Cyrus went on to create amazing sculptures, many of which portray the old West.
The home’s lighting needs were met by Ironwood Industries in Orem. Most of the lights in the home are reminiscent of mountaineer life. The lights consist largely of stretched cow-hide and shaped metal.
For information on how to rent this property call (801) 319-1711.