Researching Your Log Home

Things have been crazy around here lately. Foundations are going in around rain storms, plans are being finalized on other Minnesota log homes and deliveries are underway so I haven’t had a lot of time to update this blog lately. This blog is going to be on researching for your log home. Here in Minnesota and Wisconsin there are quite a few log home companies to check out not to mention how many log home companies there are nationally to check out. I’m going to stay away construction options and from the confusion of log home packages in this blog being I have written about that subject plenty in the past.

Where do you start researching for your log home? Well, the first steps are usually reading about log homes online or in log home magazines. Both are great sources to get basic information on log homes and planning all the way to staining and decorating your log home.  At this point it isn’t a bad idea to start a list of questions as well as ideas you would like in your log home.  As you research further into log homes you will start to narrow your searches to the region you will be building in. It is important that the log home companies or dealers that you check out are familiar with where you are building.

Log home shows are another source of information and are a great way to meet log home companies in one location. They are seasonal and here in Minnesota the log home shows are usually held in January and February.

What is next after reading about log homes and spending time looking at log home websites? The next step is to email or call the ones that have stood out on your list. Ask if they know your area, if they offer builder support, custom design service as well as the questions that you listed earlier.

Now that you have spent time online, interviewed a few companies or log home dealers on the phone it is now time to set up some appointments and get in the car and visit some log home models. A model visit is the best way to “test drive” a log home and check out the company first hand. You can see the log profiles, peel styles and just as important, meet the people. Keep in mind it is a long term relationship that forms from planning to completion. Make sure you are comfortable with who you are working with. As a representative of Stevens Point Log Homes I use my own log home as my model. I show my model by appointment and am available just about anytime with enough notice. You will find quite a few log home dealers work out of their own log homes.

Now that you have talked to reps and visited models your list is now getting refined. The next step is to ask to see some homes that have been built previously. This is another way for getting the feel of their product and the quality of their builders.

From there it is time to get estimated build costs from two or three log home companies then on to getting plans drawn and then on to pricing and build costs. Some will go through the stages in a short period of time while others will go in stages over a period of two years or more. Planning and building a log home is an exciting and fun process and is best done at a pace that is comfortable to you.

In the 12 years I’ve been in the log home business it is always interesting to hear how people got the idea to look into building a log home or log cabin. Some spent time as a child in a log cabin on a lake somewhere and have wanted a log home ever since. Others have been to a friends log home and liked the warm atmosphere of the wood. While others may have just recently spent a weekend away at a resort that had log cabins and realized it was time for one of their own.

For more information on Minnesota log homes just give me a call or email and thanks for taking the time to read my blog.

Prefab Log Homes and Log Cabins

Lately we have had quite a few people ask about prefab log homes and log cabins and if we offer that service here in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Yes, we do offer prefab log homes in the form of panelization and half log construction. Quite a few people confuse panelized homes with modular homes. Panelized homes have the walls, floor and roof systems pre-assembled in panels inside a large construction facility, loaded on to a truck shipped to your site with the walls erected on the foundation at your site. Modular is the home is built in a plant and shipped constructed and in halves to the site. These are the homes you see pre-built and on a trailer going down the highway. That is a lot different than panelizing. We don’t get involved with modular, just custom built panelized log homes.

Panelized construction offers just as much plan customization and flexibility as a home that is “built in the field”. This method of home building is a very efficient form of construction for both labor and materials with the savings passed on to you. Keeping your project on budget and stretching your construction dollar is important and this is one great tool that is available to achieve that.

Why panelized construction?

– Panels are constructed in a controlled environment so no rain or snow on your materials

– Saves construction time. A weather-tight shell can be finished in days rather than weeks

– Saved construction time means saved costs to you

– A great way to build green. Short lengths and cut offs are recycled.

– High quality product custom designed for you!

Many of you have already been in a panelized log home and didn’t realize is. Our main model at Stevens Point Log Homes is panelized. Below are a few photos of the construction process of the modeI.

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A wall panel being placed at the log home model
Wisconsin panelized log home
The prow wall panel being craned in
Log home panelized
The great room prow wall is set
Wisconsin panelized log home
The finished product!

As you can see, you can get an awesome looking log home or log cabin with panelization. While more people are learning about the cost savings and flexibility of prefab log homes, more are getting built this way each year. You really do need to consider it in your log home research.  Feel free to give us a call or email with any questions regarding any of our building methods. Just head to our main page for Minnesota log homes information.