Big Twig Homes – So you want a Log Home? What’s involved? What type of Log Home fits your needs? Do you know the difference between a Log Home and Log Cabin?
A Log Home is any structure built by logs that is typically more extensive and refined for year-round living, while a Log Cabin generally is a smaller, more secluded, less-modern version of the Log Home. So what are your needs for your new Log Home or Log Cabin, Will you be living here year-round, or is this a weekend retreat?
When talking to a Log Home Dealer or Log Home Manufacture, you need to state the purpose of this Log House or Log Cabin. The same goes for when you talk to the Log Home Builder. Why you may be asking: It sets the standard of what you will use the Log Home for or the quality and finishes you expect. Are you looking for a minimalist Log Cabin, or do you want all the amenities and a high-quality Log Home? Again set the expectation at the first meeting, as it will help the Log Home Dealer and Log Home Builder price the home correctly the first time. Also, when you ask for pricing and include all your dream items and features for the home, it can sometimes increase the price and put you outside your budget. So if you receive your budgetary proposal and it is out of your price range, don’t get mad or upset; remember that you included all your wish list. At this point, we can go back and fine-tune the pricing of your Log House or Log Cabin. Pricing a Log House or Log Cabin is a process; these are not cookie-cutter homes. Log Homes and Cabins are built to meet your needs and standards and fit your property, so be patient; this process takes a great deal of work for a complete estimate. In most cases, it takes a minimum of 30 days for a Home Builder to gather all the needed information from you, their suppliers, and subcontractors.
Now that we have all the information gathered, plans, and pricing, you are ready to move to the next step in Building your Log Cabin or Log Home. You will sign a contract with your Log Home Builder or your Log Cabin Builder and supply them with a deposit to get everything started. You will also sign a production contract with Katahdin Cedar Log Homes or Arborwall Solid Cedar Homes and provide a 10% deposit. If you are working with a bank, they will require a copy of all contracts before any money is dispersed to the Log Home Company or the Log Home Builder.
At this time, dates are set for the delivery of the Log Home and the start date by the Log Home Builder. The final payment to the Log Home Manufacture is made five days before delivery by wire transfer. We do not ship all Log Home Materials in a single shipment, as most lots can not handle that much material at once. Instead, we send the Log Home Material Package as needed and determined by the Log Home Builder and Log Home Dealer.
As the build process moves forward, the Log Cabin Builder will bill you based on progress payments; there are typically 5 to 6 throughout a Log Home Build. If you use a bank to finance the project, you will submit the information to the bank. The bank will usually have a third-party company inspect the amount of work completed and approve the payment if all work is completed to reach the next payment goal.
This is just a quick guide for the process of a Log Home Build and the steps required. Please feel free to reach out to Big Twig Homes for the in-depth Process, as it can be different for each person. Click this link to set up a free consultation.