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Building Costs

We Are Here to Help

We are often asked, "How much does a Real Log Homes® brand log home cost?" That can be as hard to answer as, "How much does a red car cost?" Just as there is a big difference between the cost of a red Toyota Corolla and a red Lexus, the cost of a Real log home can also have quite a range. The decisions you make about the size of the home, the finish choices, the complexity of the design, and also the market your site is located in will all have an effect on the final cost of your Real log home. We are here to help.

  Hand Sketched Custom Log Home

 

Our job is to help you design a log home that satisfies your requirements for space, compliments your site, fits your budget, offers long term value, and enhances your lifestyle. Your new home should be fun to live in, economical to maintain, provide a refuge, and be an expression of your personal tastes. Real Log Homes is eager to help you attain these qualities in your new log home.

 

Where and When You Build Will Matter

The geographic area where you will be building is one factor that has a major effect on the cost of your home. Two similar homes that have basically the same features and use the same materials will not cost the same to build in California as they would in New Hampshire. Many factors can affect the costs, such as the area's building codes.

 

The actual build site can also have an affect on cost. A flat site that has been back-filled is easier for a crew to work on than a steeply sloping site or one that has not been back-filled.

 

Ultimately, building "now" is usually less expensive than building "later". Start the design process as soon as you feel confident that you want to build a Real log home. We are working with clients all over the country and every project takes time to develop correctly. Allowing adequate time for design and reviews will help your budget stay on track.

 

Economy in Size, Interior Finishes, It's all in the Details

Design Front

 

A general rule of thumb is that large homes cost less per-square-foot than small houses because larger structures are more efficient to build. A small home still requires the foundation to be dug, the framing crew, the plumber and electrician, etc. so the per square foot cost may be higher. Simple designs with roofs that are straightforward are also less than homes that include many wall jogs, hips, valleys, angles, etc. Two-story homes also cost less than single story designs since the foundation and roof cover more than one floor of living space.

 

Interior finish choices for cabinetry, counters, appliances and floor covering will have a big impact on final costs for any home. Tell us if you want to include granite slab counters or tile, a standard range or restaurant-grade as we discuss your design. Interior and exterior details, like built-in's, spas, porches, garages and bonus spaces all have to be recognized in your budget.

 

The wood species chosen for the logs and frame will also affect the price of your home. For example, recycled timber is more expensive than new timber. Items such as trusses, exposed rafter tails or exterior timber framing are also details that can add to the final cost of your log home.


Quality, Cost and Size. Important Choices for You

Murray Silverstein, one of the authors of A Pattern Language, has pointed out that a client can control any two of the three variables: Quality, Cost or Quantity (Size). If you know you want the quality of a custom, log home, and your budget is also known, we can suggest designs that will provide the size of home to fit the first two variables. Consider these variables and tell us what matters most: the qualities and features your home will have, the cost or budget that will ultimately pay for it, or the size and rooms it will include. We have timber framed solutions to fit virtually every client's design program and budget.