Minnesota Log Homes

It is log home planning season here in Minnesota, Wisconsin and the rest of the upper midwest. February is rolling right along and the spring log home building season is getting closer by the day. I can’t believe it has been two weeks already since the Lake Home and Cabin show. It was great meeting everyone there and you could feel that spring was in the air already. I think the lack of a real winter is bringing spring fever a bit early! Quite a few had sketches and plans with them at the show while others have been emailing and faxing their plans. Keep in mind we offer our planning and log home builder services for both new construction and remodels. We can easily transform and existing cabin or home into a log home with the rustic hewn true half log that we offer.

I’ve blogged about log home packages quite a bit before but the topic needs to be repeated because it is one of the most confusing terms in researching log homes. No two companies offer the same inclusions so it is difficult to compare “package to package”. The best thing is to find the product you like from a local or regional log home company and work with their experienced builders to gather all building costs. Too many people get hung up on the materials side of the equation and forget about items such as driveways, permits, foundation and mechanicals.

Since the show I’ve been busy with site visits and model visits. Both are key parts of the log home planning process. Make sure to visit a model to truly get a feel for the product. This is a big decision you are making so you want to make sure all aspects feel right. And speaking of shows, Wild River Log Homes will be at the Lake Home and Cabin show in Schaumburg, IL next month. I’ll be in the Stevens Point Log Homes booth and will be available to answer questions regarding building a log home or log cabin in Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas. Feel free to check out our website with any questions you may have regarding Minnesota log homes.

This weekend is the Lake Home and Cabin Show

i just wanted to get another reminder out there that this weekend, Feb. 10 thru 12,  is the Lake Home and Cabin show at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This is a great show to see so many things related to cabins and lake homes. Quite a few of us log home companies will be there with our logs on display. It can get confusing between hearing the differences between half log and full log options let alone all the log profiles in each. I’ve said before in earlier blogs that too many people get caught up in comparing log home package prices and forget about the build costs. Packages vary far and wide so it is very difficult if not impossible to get exact price comparison.

One thing that is very visible at the shows is the rustic appearance of the log. Stop in our booth and you will see the log we offer through Stevens Point Log Homes will be one of the  most rustic looking logs at the show. Our log has the “true log” look due to the fact we don’t run the logs through a machine to peel them. Logs (or half logs) that are run through machines end up with a very repetitive peeled pattern down the logs, usually in lines. I wrote a blog about rustic hewn logs earlier this year with a couple of photos. Feel free to check it out here.  Peel pattern is the quickest was at a show to compare log home companies. Beyond that, it is worth the time to sit down with the company rep or dealer and go over plans, ideas and budgets to get a true comparison between companies. The main thing though is to not dwell on “complete packages” or “shell prices” and things like that. Your log home or log cabin needs to be completed so all the related build costs need to be accounted for rather than just the materials package.

We’ll be in the Stevens Point Log Homes booth at the show this weekend so stop by booth #801 and say hello. If you have any other questions feel free to call or go to our website for more information on Minnesota log homes.