Do you dream of owning a log home, either as a primary residence or a vacation home, but the expense of construction seems daunting? If so, there is no reason to abandon this dream. Instead, begin by researching the various way you can cut costs while not sacrificing quality. The following tips will provide you with just a few ways to keep a little more green in your pocket when constructing your dream home.
Tip #1: Simplify the floorplan
The charm in a log home lays in its rustic design, so avoid trying to impose modern layouts on the construction. A square or rectangular four-cornered home is the simplest and least expensive style of log home to build. Think of it this way — each time you add a corner, you are increasing the cost of the house. The same goes for the length of each exterior wall since logs for construction typically come in a maximum length of 25 to 20 feet. Not only will more corners and greater lengths require more log materials, but they will also require more load-bearing wall construction inside. Both mean more money.
Tip #2: Go down instead of up
If you must have more square footage, then consider adding a basement as opposed to a second level. The cost of excavation and the concrete needed is much less expensive than the materials needed to make a second log story for the home. Further, a basement can also lower the cost of other construction elements, such as installing the plumbing and electric, due to easier accessibility. If you don't like the idea of a dark basement, consider a daylight or walkout basement design, using concrete texturing or an inexpensive exterior veneer to give the appearance of a stone basement and foundation.
Tip #3: Avoid a complicated finished
Your roof choices will depend greatly on personal aesthetics and on local requirements. Although a conventional asphalt shingle roof is the least expensive, you may not like the look, or it may not meet code. If you are building in a rural area, there may be forest or wildfire requirements on roof types, with metal often being the type required by building code. In this case, cost savings come from keeping the shape of the roof simple. Avoid dormers, skylights, and lots of hips and corners as each new design element will add to the final bill. Instead, stick with a simple pitched roof constructed from standing seam metal panels.
For more help, contact a log home builder near you.