Chris Dorsey, world-class sportsman and author, and his wife Amy, are building the Ultimate Sportsman's Lodge in Colorado, the place to be if you love the outdoors. At 10,000 square foot, off the grid and complete with the Ultimate Man Cave, Trophy Room, Spaniel Spa, Wildlife Art Gallery, Ultimate Sportsman's Locker Room, Liar's Saloon, Alaska Theater, and Outdoor Kitchen, it's every hunter and fisherman's dream home Building the Ultimate Sportsman's Lodge has many challenges-rain, equipment failing, and a tight schedule to keep before winter sets in.
With a big dream, a tight schedule, and crushing weather putting the pressure on, Greg Krom and his team have their work cut out for them to complete the excavation and get these rooms completed. Now that the plans are finalized, time is of the essence to get the footings drilled and foundation laidbut weather delays the team's progress before they even get started! Now we shift our attention to the showstopper outside-a state-of-the-art, completely custom outdoor kitchen.
The sub floor is in, and the timbers are up, but the Colorado monsoons are in full force, causing complications and delays. Walls and roof have to go up before the Colorado snow comes, and Greg Krom and his team are working with unfamiliar building elementsSIPs, highly insulated, structural panel for the walls and roof. To break the tension, Chris Dorsey takes the crew fishing. Dorsey talks about reclaimed beetle damaged wood, which is being used for the locker room. The wood represents Dorsey's commitment to wildlife conservation, which is echoed in the paintings of artists such as John Banovich, which will fill the finished lodge.
The Ultimate Sportsman's Lodge is weathered in, and blue skies are overhead. However, the electrical install turns out to be more complicated than previously thought, and while the stone tile is going up outside, Amy catches an expensive mistake and gives Greg Krom an earful. Tensions flare. The crew does manage to have some success by finishing the new Ultimate Sportsman's Locker Room. It's the perfect place to keep sporting gear stored and organized. From gun safes to fishing tackle, this room has it all! It's an outdoor sportsman's indoor paradise and we'll have fun testing out the new toys out in the yard.
With ninety days to finish the build, freezing weather and other dangers on site hinder the crew to the point of work stoppage. When the weather breaks, they are finally able to install the siding and start work on the 350,000 BTU fire pit. The main push now is to get the Wildlife Gallery completed, where Chris Dorsey will share memories from his incredible expeditions around the world.
The deadline looms closer and winter weather continues to be an issue for the crew; the ground isn't getting any softer. And with a dozen projects going on at once-the bamboo flooring, the lightning rods, the Alaska Theater and more-it will require some complicated choreography from Greg and Rebecca to keep the crews from stepping all over each other. On a rare day off for the crew, Chris Dorsey treats the guys to a classic fish fry at the build site.
The Lodge feels more like a home, but the job isn't over yet, and nothing's getting easier. The crew rushes to complete the landscaping and flooring as deadlines rapidly approach. The big push is to finish the Trophy Room, which is the center of the house for Chris. Along with the trophies commemorating his most exciting hunts, two pieces of natural history arrive to adorn the room: a massive replica of a pair of ancient Irish Elk antlers, and a stone backsplash embedded with a 50 million year old fish.
It's been six months since the Dorsey's broke ground on the Ultimate Sportsman's Lodge. There's still a long punch to knock out before the lodge is finished, and moving day is right around the corner. On top of that, they need to make time for installing the world class art around the lodge, which artists John Banovich and Lance Boen are coming to do themselves. Will the crew succeed in their last push to finish the lodge?