Happy 4th of July

Well….summer is here in full swing today delivering heat and humidity just in time for the holiday weekend. It seems like Memorial Day was just yesterday!  Many people are heading north to their Minnesota log homes and looking forward to the time spent there. Others are heading up to what may be one of their last times visiting the cabin as they know it. Their next time at the cabin will be spent removing belongs and getting ready for it to be demolished.  We have a few late summer and early fall starts that will involve tearing down an existing cabin to make way for a new log cabin. Some of these cabins have been passed down through the generations so it is a bittersweet time in the last couple of visits to the old cabin. Years of memories were made of campfires, learning to waterski, fish caught, fish lost, family members that have since passed and time spent “up north” as a kid.  Quite often there is something salvaged from the old cabin to be incorporated in the new one.

I’m planning on taking some time to get out on the water to do some smallmouth bass fishing this weekend. I’m guessing the grill will be doing its thing every day as well!

Hopefully everyone has fun on the water, catches a few fish and has a great time with family and friends on this Fourth of July weekend.

Wisconsin Log Homes and Wisconsin Log Cabins

Being located in east central Minnesota it is easy for us to offer log home builder service throughout Minnesota. I get asked rather often if we also build in log homes and cabins in Wisconsin. Yes, we do offer our log home planning and building services in Wisconsin as well. My model is less than an hour from the Siren, WI area so it is easy for me to get anywhere in northern Wisconsin. I have crews throughout Wisconsin, from the heart of the lakes area to the bluff country of southwestern Wisconsin. Here is a quick sampling of some of the areas in Wisconsin that we have built log homes and cabins in: Siren, Danbury, Webb Lake, Minong, Hayward, Spooner, Somerset, Turtle Lake, Amery, St. Croix Falls, Balsam Lake, Winter and Cumberland to name a few. With my model being located an hour from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul it is easy for people in those areas to visit and go over plans here and also get full builder support in Wisconsin. I know quite a few over the years have been happy to only drive an hour to view my model and meet rather then drive three or four hours and burn up a weekend to go over log home plans and ideas. We are familiar with local codes in Wisconsin so we know our plans are drawn to meet those codes and our builders are local so you aren’t paying road and travel time like you would with a log home company that doesn’t have local builder support.  Wild River Log Homes represents Stevens Point Log Homes which is a Wisconsin based company. Stevens Point Log offers a wide range of log products and has the best looking rustic half log available.  The fact that they are located in Wisconsin saves on shipping costs to your building site and our local builders take care of off loading the materials so you don’t have to worry about it.

Another question that comes up is people ask if we build smaller log cabins. The answer to that is also yes. Over the years we have built many cozy cabins that are used both seasonly or all year. Granted, the definition of cabin can vary from person to person but most consider a cabin to be anywhere from 800 sq. ft up to maybe 1500 sq. ft. or so. We have built many over the years in both states.

For more information on Wisconsin log homes head over to my website.

Minnesota Log Homes – More on Log Home Packages

Summer has finally arrived and here in Wisconsin and Minnesota log homes are being enjoyed now that the weather has improved in the last couple of weeks. Some of these log homes are seasonal/weekend cabins while others are lived in throughout the year. Whether you are planning a cozy log cabin or a year ’round log home we can help you throughout the process.  Hopefully my blogs will help you along while you are researching log home companies, pricing and log home packages.

Thank you for the compliments on my previous blog on log styles and peel variations. I’m glad you found some of my tips to be helpful.  Due to the emails and calls I got I figured I would continue with more information on things to look for while you are breaking down packages and inclusions between companies. All the materials impact pricing so it really is up to you to sort it out. As you narrow down your selections you are going to have to pay closer attention. Like I mentioned earlier, some appear a lot less expensive while others seem more than others. It all comes down to materials included and type of materials.

I’m going to cover two items in this blog with the first one being windows. As we know, energy costs aren’t expected to decrease so energy efficient windows are going to be playing a part in the equation. Most log home companies include a window in their package with an aluminum clad window usually being the standard offering. Some offer a vinyl window as their standard offering so you have to make note of that. A lesser grade vinyl window is fine in a seasonal hunting cabin that may not be heated through the winter. The costs savings makes sense in that situation. However, many people want to enjoy their log home or cabin throughout the seasons or full time and an aluminum clad window makes sense for two reasons. One for efficiency and energy savings and two, a window with wood on the interior of the home just looks better and fits the theme of a log home. No matter the color of vinyl, it just isn’t wood.

The other is exterior log or wood materials. All of us have the main floor walls as log, either half log or full log. The variables start to show up in the upper gable ends and dormers. The illustration below shows the two areas I’m referring to in this article. 

Our standard offering is half log in the upper gables on dormers. The majority of log home enthusiasts expect log from top to bottom so that is where we start. Some companies will offer a thin wood siding such as cedar, pine or cedar shakes on the gables and dormers. There isn’t anything wrong with those materials at all. However, while comparing log home package offerings these items can show a price swing so again, it is up to you to sort it out. Like I have said before it is so easy to get caught up in just package inclusions and you really need to look at total costs to figure out which one is right for you.

By the time you upgrade from standard offerings from one company such as vinyl windows to aluminum clad and adding half log on the entire outside that package may quickly exceed another companies package costs if it didn’t start higher already.

Your research will pay off and feel free to call or email with any questions you may have on Minnesota log homes. We are here to help you sort it all out.