Where do I start?
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- Now what?
Now is the time to narrow down your list of log home providers. Contact those with the plans you are interested in and arrange a meeting. Have a set of plans available for them to study. Be sure to ask each contractor the same questions, and have a written outline of what you are asking them to do for you. This will help you determine if the bids you receive are compared equally.
- What's Next?
Many log home customers jump into the purchase of a home without researching the costs and time commitment involved in the re-erection and the finish. Your site will need to be prepared for the home and the subcontractors need to be chosen for the various finish items. If you are acting as your own general contractor, perhaps the consultation services of a log home builder will benefit your project.
How much does a log home cost?
A log shell is prebuilt at our facility in LaPine, Oregon, and re-erected on your property. It is priced at $50.00 per square foot. This price includes the equipment.
A turnkey log home, ready to move your clothes into the closets, will start at $145.00 per square foot. This price includes our involvement with the subcontractors, total project management and personal service guarantee. We will manage the entire building process, from land purchase to the moving vans.
How much time does it take?
If possible, allow yourself 1 year for completion. When building a custom, handcrafted product, it is reasonable to allow your logsmith time to create your vision. You will be glad you entered into the project with a realistic time frame and all those involved will be able to put their best creative energies to work for you.
At first, allow time for the architects to prepare blueprints. It takes 1 to 2 months for a set of blueprints to go through the process of creation. The permits process varies on the state and county, so rely on Northwest Custom Log Homes to guide you through them. Financing? Allow time to qualify and structure the loan.
It makes for a pleasant building experience if you allow plenty of time for the planning and questions phase before you break ground. Change orders can be expensive. A well-planned project will help you avoid them.
Are log homes all the same?
The short answer is, No. These days, log homes come in roughly three types. First, there are the companies who build timber frame or large sized square timber homes. They have placed their products in the log home category, but use a dimension-shaped wood source. The interiors and exteriors are flat.
A second style is the manufactured style of log construction. Loosely described, these are the companies who machine the logs, usually a small log variety into shorter lengths for ease of shipping and handling, utilizing a joinery system with splices or T&G type systems. The designs are standard and there is little support for the re-erection and finish. These homes have the uniform look of small poles or squares. Many of these types use a butt and pass method of construction and stack the logs with splices throughout the walls.
The third type is the handcrafted style, which is what our company builds. These types offer larger dimension logs; each has an individual appearance and are not machined in any way. The logs are hand peeled and sanded, can vary in size, but each is custom fitted to the log beneath it. To add character, the corner lengths can be varied. Sealant can be added as weather protection for some types of joinery we use.
Typically there are two methods of construction, called full scribed (below),
and round-on-round with chinking (below). Unlike the tight Scribed fit above, The chinking process seals the gaps between the logs.
We prefer to build our homes with saddle notched corners and full length logs in the walls. In other words, there are no splices or breaks in the length of a log in a wall, except for a doorway or window application. A threaded rod is drilled into and inserted from the top of the log wall through to the bottom log, where a screw jack is attached for a more accurate way to accommodate the first few of years of expansion or contraction.
What kinds of logs are used?
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Can I do some of the work myself?
Certainly! We are a custom home company. That means we work with each customer individually. If someone wishes to invest sweat equity into their project, we are open to finding the area of their talents and working them into the overall project.
I don’t want to do anything but move in.
Northwest Custom Log Homes is licensed in Oregon, Washington and California as a general contractor. We can manage your project from start to finish. Please contact us.
Can I have log accent in my frame house?
Most definitely! We are leaders in the area of the combination framed construction and log accent. Our carpenters and logsmiths join forces in this type of construction within our Log Accent division, adding touches of log in the form of trusses, mantels, staircases and railings, posts, entry gates, porches and various specialty designs. It is a unique approach to the look of the log home within the framed construction.
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Can I buy the log accent materials and do the work myself?
Sure! We have a division of Northwest Custom Log Homes, Inc., Log Accents, which specializes in the accent materials and construction. Our sales people can fill your orders for log components using graded logs if necessary. They will need the lengths, quantities, species (Consider the Log) and diameters of materials needed. Logs can be peeled and sanded. Delivery costs would vary on availability of transport and destination. Please Contact Us.
I want to do it all myself. Can you help me?
The romance with log homes has affected many adventurous souls. It is a big undertaking to build one from the start. Guidance can be found through various schools and log home organizations. Please click on Resources for a list of helpful organizations. If you have specific questions, email them to us and we will try to find the answers for you. We will do our best to direct you to the source of information you need. Please click here to contact us.