Planning a log home – Where to start

It has been a busy week here at Wild River Log Homes, how did it get to be friday afternoon already? We have permits issued for some new projects with one starting next week, looking at a couple of extensive Minnesota log home remodels and looking at next spring as well.

Are you thinking of building a log home? Are you a bit overwhelmed at the planning process and log home packages? Don’t worry, we are here to help you. Many ask where and when do we start. Even though the calendar says September 30th today the planning process is underway for those that are considering a spring start for their log home. Time goes pretty quick in planning. We start with your sketch and run some preliminary estimates. From there we take that sketch and turn it into a plan. Once the plan is drawn there will more than likely be some changes and modifications to it to make it “just right”. That plan will be used to get both material and build costs gathered. Once we have all costs put together we will meet with you and go over everything with you. There may be some more tweaks at this time to fine tune everything. Depending on your time to devote to planning your project around work and family events the sketch to build cost stages can eat up a few months pretty easy. Once everything is finalized we have to get the plans engineered and buildable which can take close to four weeks. During that time permits are applied for, jobs are scheduled and before you know it spring has arrived and your log home has gone from a dream and a sketch to actually getting started! It is very exciting to see this happen.

Do you have land? If you do, that helps us help you in planning. We know the lot dimensions and set backs from the boundary lines and/or lake we have to work with and you know your budget. ¬†You don’t have land yet? That is fine as well. It is never too early to start your research and planning. However, don’t get too caught up in the “perfect” log home plan too early. I’ve seen people get their hearts set on a plan and then end up buying a piece of land that just won’t work with that plan. Clip log home photos out of magazines, bookmark websites and make notes while you are researching. The more information like that you can give us ahead of time can really help the planning process.

Log home researching can be done in many ways. The most popular is the internet. Googling around for Wisconsin and Minnesota log home companies can yield some great results. Magazines are another great source and don’t forget to cut out the pictures you like! Log home shows are another great way to continue the log home research process. There is no other way to talk to several log home companies under one roof on the same day. Beyond that, visiting models is the next step once you have narrowed your choices down to a few. A model visit to either the dealer or the main model will give you a feel of the product, workmanship and personality of the people you will be working with. Keep in mind this will be a relationship that will last for a long time so you want to make sure you are comfortable with the people you are working with and that they can deliver the log home you desire.

My next blog will have more planning tips and log home package information. Until then, have a great weekend and head to my website for more information on Minnesota log homes.

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