One of the first questions I almost always get asked about our log cabin project is which kit did you choose? This question usually comes from someone who has looked into building a log home at one point and been exposed to all the “kit marketing”. The follow up question, after I tell them that I only bought logs, is do you know how to cut the logs and do all that stuff? The really amazing part about all of this is that a majority of log cabin kits on the market have to be cut on-site. You won’t read that on too many log home sales brochures or plans. What you may see is something like “random length logs”. This means the log company will send you enough linear feet of logs so you or your builder can make them resemble the log home plan you’ve been carrying around at lunch. Is that really a kit? Maybe, but more likely not. (more…)
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Choosing a log suppler is probably one of the most important decisions to be made when building a log cabin. And in a strange way, I was lucky to read some really terrible stories early on about purchasing log packages that scared me to death! The realization that it’s possible to end up with nothing and be out a ton of cash is down right sobering. I don’t want to spend too much time talking about the indicators I use when trying to decide if a business is reputable or not, but more time spent discussing how to find the best value when it comes to log suppliers. Since my cabin and 80% of log cabins being built these days use milled logs, I will focus on them. (more…)
Wow! I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve posted. Time really has a way of getting away from a person. Over the past few weeks our lives have come to an annual apex of sorts. School for the kids is letting out for the summer, swim lessons are starting, semester at college is ending, kids and adult church programs are ending and with each of these come the closing rituals of dinners, finals, ceremonies and field trips. No doubt time has been precious these days making it extremely difficult to focus on the cabin, but the good news is the foundation walls are done and the log package has arrived!