The geographical location of where you intend to build your log cabin home, cedar home or timber frame home effects the labor rates for builders and subcontractors (carpenters, plumbers, electricians, masons, painters, etc). Your builders and subcontractors level of expertise and craftsmanship will also have a direct effect on the turnkey cost of your log home.
Your building site has its own characteristics (type and length of driveway, engineered sewage system design, well location and depth, foundation type, soil and ground conditions, etc.) that will affect the overall cost. State and local structural building and energy codes, permits and local … CONTINUE READING
What sets one log home manufacturer apart from the others?
Among a variety of differences, one of the most important is the quality of the logs used to build your log home. In plain English: NOT ALL LOGS ARE CREATED EQUAL. Some logs, even of the same wood species, can suffer from structural defects, cosmetic blemishes, decay, or insect infestation. These irregularities and log damage could prove devastating to the structural integrity of your new home, not to mention its beauty.
In an attempt to prevent substandard logs from being used to build new log structures, the American Society … CONTINUE READING
by: Murray Arnott, AIBD
Guest Commentary by Custom Wood Home Architects and Designers
How do you get from the inkling of an idea to a great home? As they say, it ain’t easy, but the end result is worth it. Clients come to designers and architects with ideas on napkins, scraps of paper, or on the backs of maps or parking tickets (it happens — people driving past a home with a feature they’d like to incorporate scramble for anything to write on). Then we must do a certain amount of digging before the actual digging begins. We not only … CONTINUE READING