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 variances, etc. which effect the materials used to build your new home differ.
Is the design (footprint) for your new home a square box or does it have angles, jogs and/or bump-outs? What are your window sizes and configurations? Do you plan on having a walk-out basement, full underground basement, crawl space or slab construction? Will you have an attached/detached garage? How do you imagine the rooflines, roof pitch, valleys, dormers, gables, overhangs, etc. (style) of your log cabin home, cedar home or timber frame home? Will you have covered porches and deck areas? The second floor area vs. cathedral ceilings, kitchen design and size, the quality and design of your bathrooms and other amenities such as fireplaces, soaking tubs, saunas, wet bar, etc., all impact your turnkey cost.
The materials used in your home’s exterior finish (solid log, log siding, board & batten, cedar vs. pine, composite, brick, stone, vinyl, etc.) vary greatly in cost. You choice in roofing materials (shingles, wood shake, slate, metal, etc.) fascia and soffit materials, trim work and several other details that are not visible affect labor and construction costs. Window and door brands and features will also affect your turnkey cost. The decking, posts and railing sizes and styles for your porches and deck areas have a larger effect on your budget than many think.
Floor coverings, wall & ceiling coverings, etc., for the interior finish of your new home and the numerous choices at a wide range of cost differences have large impacts. Cabinets, countertops, appliances, plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, etc. also will vary a great deal depending on quality and quantity. Don’t forget your heating system (hot air, hot water, baseboard, radiant, geo-thermal, etc.) air conditioning, air exchanger/purifier, back-up generator, etc. as they will also affect the turnkey cost of your log cabin home, cedar home or timber frame home. Want to learn more….call us at 607-467-2700!