Minnesota Log Homes – Rustic Half Log

Here in Minnesota and Wisconsin, we have built with both full log and half log. Over the past few years though the trend has been leaning towards half log. Many are saying it won’t be long and half log may be the only way to keep the the budget on track while meeting local energy codes. Time will tell on that. Like I said, the past few years have been trending, at least for us, towards half log construction. It offers more flexibility on the interior and is perfect for those that are hesitant to go full log because of the perceived settling issues.

As you are researching log homes and log styles you are going to see wide range of offerings, each requiring a decision. One will be height of log. Most start at 6″ and go up in two inch increments with 8″ being very popular in this region. The next will be the profile being smooth, machine peeled or hand peeled. Smooth is just that, it is a smooth profile with no peel marks. Some companies offer that same log with a rustic peeled look to it. Some machine peelers have a repetitive pattern to them so watch out for that. Thickness will range as well. Log siding products are usually two inches or less for depth. More of the half log siding products will be three inches or more in thickness and have a more rustic look. The following photos illustrate the differences you will have to look for.

Our Log: The log we carry is truly a half log and has an awesome rustic appearance that can’t be duplicated. The 8″ log we offer is actually 8″ tall and thickness is four to six inches thick. The thickness of the log increases the energy efficiency of your log home throughout the seasons. When it comes to the peeling it is offered in both machine and hand peeled. The difference between our machine peeled log and machine peeled logs from other companies is our machine peeler is still operated by hand and not automated.  That means no two logs are the same!  The reason we all fall in love with log homes is because each one is truly unique so why would you want your logs to have the same peel pattern?  Our log supplier is Stevens Point Log Homes and we are happy to be affiliated with them to offer a great looking and competitive priced log homes. They offer a wide range of rustic half log siding from 6″ to 12″ tall.  The photo below shows the rustic appearance of the log Wild River Log Homes offers. It is a photo of 8″ half log that is an actual 8″ stack height.


Things to look for: A majority of the Minnesota and Wisconsin log home companies offer peeled log profiles. Again, heights and thicknesses will vary. It is up to you to figure out which size and pattern you prefer as well as what your budget allows. Is their 8″ log only 7″ or 7 1/2″?  If you are pricing just half log and not a complete package you really have to pay attention to log heights for pricing and quantity of materials that need to be ordered. For illustration purposes, the photo below shows a machine peeled half log that doesn’t have the random peel.






Log Siding: Like I mentioned earlier, there is a thinner product out there that is more along the lines of log siding. We do offer this siding in both smooth and peeled and build with it every now and then. It offers a log look for a bit less cost.  It ranges in six to ten inches tall and the product we offer is a “ship lap” style. The photo below will give you a better idea of the profile and look of it.







Thank you for taking the time to read through this blog. I want to help you along in the researching process and point out items that will come up along the way.  For more information on Wisconsin or Minnesota log homes just head to our website, send us an email or give us a call.

Minnesota Log Homes – Log Home Packages

Log home packages: What do they and what don’t they include?  Here in Minnesota and Wisconsin there are a lot of log home companies and which brings a wide range of log home packages offered. Each company has their own “package” but there is no “standard” log home package in the log home industry. No two log home companies include the same items so it is pretty much up to you to sort through your information and put some of the pieces together. You need to work with the log home company or dealer and your log home builder to make sure all the bases are covered. If the log home company doesn’t have a builder in your area that is familiar with their product and you have to find your own builder you will have to pay attention to details to make sure everything is accounted for to get your log home to completion.

Some  of these packages are log only, some may offer more items and call it a dried in shell which will usually include roofing, windows and exterior doors. A dried in shell should be a completed exterior along with all interior framing. Some offer interior materials such as knotty pine, doors, trim and other interior finishing items. Being there is such a broad range of packages, the price will range accordingly.

In the 12 years I’ve been in the log home business I’ve seen many people spend way too much time on package pricing.  The rest of the budget includes build costs and other factors related to the build such as driveway, electric service, well, septic and permits. We have seen some log home packages that appear very inexpensive up front but by the time we include the necessary materials the end costs on some of those have exceeded some packages that seemed more expensive earlier on in the process.

Our log home builders here in Minnesota and Wisconsin know our packages and what we supply and what they need to supply in the field to get your log home completed.  No one needs budget surprises!  We are here to help you sort it out and get your project from concept to completion. Feel free to contact us for more information and head over to the Wild River Log Homes website to learn more about Minnesota log homes.

Minnesota Log Homes

Hello and welcome to my first post on my new blog and updated website. Keep checking back for tips on planning your log home and getting it built. I’ll also be writing about log home packages and how to decipher the differences between what each log home company offers. Located in east central Minnesota it is easy for us to build for you anywhere in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. For photos and more information head to my website for updates on Minnesota log homes.