Having a log home of your own is a unique experience – away from being the conventional type of house, yet with all the comforts that you can possibly want. Generally, a log home is more like a retreat, a place where you can escape from the rigours of modern day life and its pulls and stresses. However, once you decide to have one, follow a few steps and make your dreams come true.
Here is a quick guide to help you on your way –
- Arranging finance – Choose a mortgage company that finances construction of log homes and apply for a specific amount of loan. Only after this should you go shopping for a log home manufacturer and designs. Once you have a budget in hand you will know your limitations regarding scale of your log home. This will largely depend on your lifestyle and the facilities you would want. Families with children will have different goals than a couple looking for a quiet place to spend their retirement years. Jot down your requirements keeping both your present and future needs in mind.
- Choose your site – You have to find a site for your home. Contact real estate developers who can help you in this regard. If you already have a plot of land find out if it is suitable for constructing a log home. Evaluate slope and soil conditions and accessibility. A soil engineer will be able to guide you and address concerns about sub-surface properties of the soil and the drilling depth for striking water. Another test that is mandatory is to check whether the land can absorb waste water.
- Finalise a log home contractor – Go through the local listings or search online for reputed log home contractors in your locality. Visit websites, read testimonials of previous clients and see photos of their work. Contact them and verify their credentials. A good contractor will also help you in getting the necessary building permissions as well as utility connections.
- Create a design – Have multiple brainstorming sessions with the builder and have a design created that will match your needs and budget. You can also browse the Internet for unique log home designs. Provide details of all you want to the builder – interior trim, points for appliances and fixtures, size and site of the deck and garages. Positioning of the log home is crucial as lots of sunlight will help you run a solar plant for a part of your energy needs. Make provision for stain and topcoat finishes as it will add to the looks and durability of your log home.
- Choose the timber – Even though your contractor will advise you in this regard, contact a professional tree service for more information. The two main types of wood used in log home construction are cedar and pine. While cedar has a natural resistance to insects, pine has to be treated with preservatives and kiln dried first. Cedar also has lower water content than pine and hence can be dried out quickly without cell rupture. Cedar log homes have a life expectancy of 50 to 60 years while it is much lower for pine. Such agencies specialising in tree care will also advise you on maintenance of your home once it is ready and you move in.
- Consider pre-fabricated systems – Logs for your home will be sourced from the log yard but that does not mean that construction will take place on your site. Builders are now opting to make a series of panels and modules and then assembling them with cranes on a permanent foundation on your site. This method quickens up the whole process of building your log home.
There are a lot of other variables but follow these basics to set up your dream log home.