Question: What is
your product offering?
Answer: We build and sell Handcrafted Log Home Shells made
from real full length, full sized logs. Our logs are hand peeled
and hand scribed and fitted to ensure a tight seal. We DO NOT sell
milled, profiled, or machine cut log homes or log home packages or log
home kits. We are real craftsmen building real log homes
that are as unique as the person who is buying it. As log crafters we
are able to do things with logs that you could not even attempt with
milled logs. We are able to add character wood, flared butts
and unique details that require real knowledge of logs as a construction
material. You will find that our prices for a handcrafted
"Real" log home built on our yard then shipped and re-assembled on your
site are nearly the same as a machined or "kit" home once you
factor in the costs of paying a contractor to stack your logs and cut
notches after your purchase the machined or milled log "kit".
Milled logs are uniform in appearance and most don't even resemble logs
at all, unless you consider a square piece of lumber a log. Still don't
see the difference? Look at the pictures below.
Real Handcrafted Builders Using
Real Logs - Unique Appearance
Milled, profiled and machine cut
logs -Not Unique
How much does a log shell cost?
Answer: You can expect to pay at least 60 US or more per
square foot of finished floor space for Red Cedar Logs (not including the basement)
range of price is reflective of the details involved, the species of log
desired, and the overall size.
We would be pleased to provide you with a free
estimate on your design and for the log shell package that you will
Does your price include the roof? Does it
include the foundation?
Answer: NO. We supply only the log portion or log package
of your log home. Building a log home requires the same
steps as building a regular home from site-prep to foundations to
finishing. We supply only one piece of the overall puzzle that is
a completed home. There are contractors and carpenters in
your area that are experts at installing roofs, foundations and other
aspects of finishing but would not even know where to begin
building a log home shell. That is where we come in- we are
experts at building with logs; they are experts at framing roofs
and foundations, together we will work to build you a log home. Bottom
line is: hire experts in their respective trades and your project
will come in on time and budget.
you offer "Turn-key" log home packages?
Answer: Building log home shells is what we do best; therefore we
leave the other tasks involved in finishing a log home to the Tradesmen
who do them best. We have found that it is considerably less
expensive for you to hire a local contractor familiar with you local
building market than it would be for you to hire us to finish the log
home to "Turn-key".
Is Shipping Included?
Answer: Shipping is a necessary evil whether you live 5 miles or
5000 miles from the construction yard. In order for us to
maintain consistent pricing, and to insure that you receive a fair
shipping price based on current shipping rates to your area, we do not
include the price of shipping in our log shell package price. We do
however have estimated trucking costs within the continental US
here and we will gladly get you an more
accurate quote once you have provided us with your Site address.
What areas do you serve?
Answer: Once disassembled and loaded onto a flat-deck or into a
shipping container, a log home shell can be shipped to nearly any point
on earth. We are able to ship World-Wide and can
easily ship log homes to any
State in the USA duty and tax
What about shrinkage?
Answer: All of our homes are built to allow for natural shrinkage
above doors, windows, and at all floor to ceiling posts. We have never
had a shrinkage problem or complaint from a customer because our homes
are built properly the first time.
Which species of log is best?
Answer: Western red cedar is in our opinion the best building
material available. This wood naturally has low moisture content, does
not twist when it shrinks and has the warmest ambiance of all the
species. It is also very durable and has an excellent "Value".
Douglas fir is also an excellent choice but its disadvantages
include a higher natural
moisture content and susceptibility to twisting when drying. Other
species, such as, as Spruce and Hemlock are available for value
conscious customer who wants the look of logs but is on a budget.
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Question: What if I
have my own plans?
Answer: We will gladly work from your plans provided that they are fully
drawn and have been approved by an engineer and by the building
department where your site resides. We can take also take your
existing drawings and prepare complete construction drawings that will
be adequate for engineering and building permit approval. We
charge on an individual basis for redraws and plan completion.
How long will it take to build my log home?
Answer: Typically a log home in the 2000 square feet range
will take 6-8 weeks to build plus 2-5 days to reassemble it on your
What is included with my log home package?
Answer: That all depends on what level of involvement you want. We
can provide lumber packages with your log home shell including
framing and finishing lumber. Generally though, packages include
the log shell structure, log roof system, log stairs and log railing
materials. All wood is
hand peeled and all interior walls are spot sanded to give a smooth to the touch finish.
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Log Home Package Details