Frequently Asked Questions
- How much does it cost to build a log home? Typically, in this area we see log homes built for around $160 a square foot, turn-key. This is a home with nice finishes, but not over the top. How you finish the home (flooring, counter tops, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, cabinets, etc.) is really what can drive this cost. This estimate does not include land related costs such as excavation, putting in a road, well, septic, etc. as this can vary significantly depending on where you are building and what your land is like.
- Do you build or construct log homes? No, Log Homes of America, offers no construction services. Some of our independent representatives are a 'one stop shop' so to speak though. Depending on your location we may have builder or dry-in contacts. We can offer to come out with the log package delivery to provide your builder technical assistance on the job on day one. If additional technical assistance is needed, we will work together to find the best course of action.
- Do you supply any framing material? We do not supply any of the dimensional framing material. This material is readily available at any building materials store in the country. You/your builders can purchase the material cheaper than what it would cost for us to provide it.
- How long does it take to build a log home? Highly dependent on the weather, complexity of the home and experience of the home builder, you are probably looking at 9-12 months.
- What species of wood do you use? We use Eastern White Pine for the wall logs and Western Douglas Fir for the structural timbers. Other species are available upon request.
- Do you accept changes to your floor plans? Custom Plans? Absolutely! Nearly half of our clients have a custom design, the other half start with a standard plan and modify it to what they want.
- What is a heavy timber roof system? Our typical heavy timber roof system consists of Douglas Fir Rafters, white pine tongue and groove, 7 1/4" polystyrene R-38 insulation panels laminated to OSB (followed by your house wrap and roofing cover). Your building location dictates the size rafters and tongue and groove needed.
- Do you offer financing? We do not offer financing. We always recommend to start with your current bank/credit union and depending on your location, we may be able to guide you in the right direction.
What IS Included in a Typical Log Package
- Log Wall System
- Kiln dried, white pine logs for exterior walls
- Matching log siding for gables and dormers
- Matching log siding for 12" sub-floor band (excluding porches/decks)
- Pre-cut corners
- Interior corner posts (if required)
- Window and door jam stock - 2x6
- Second Floor System
- Western Douglas fir center beams – 6x
- Western Douglas fir floor joists – 4x8 (32”oc)
- Western Douglas fir posts – 6x6
- Spruce T&G floor decking – 2x6
- Roof System
- Western Douglas fir ridge beams - 6x_
- Western Douglas fir rafters - 4x8 (32"oc)
- Western Douglas fir barge rafters - 2x8
- Western red cedar fascia: 1x12 rough sawn
- White pine T&G roof decking - 1x6
- 7-1/4" rigid polystyrene insulation w/ 7/16 OSB - 4x8
- Porch Roof System
- Western Douglas Fir carrier beams - 6x8
- Western Douglas Fir posts - 6x6
- Western Douglas Fir rafters - 4x8 (48"oc)
- Spruce T&G roof decking - 2x6
- Western red cedar fascia: 1x8 rough sawn
- Matching log siding for porch roof kneewall
- Windows & Doors
- Full blueprint / construction drawing services
- Butyl log sealant tape
- Oly log/log hog fasteners
- Dovetail plywood splines
- Sikkens Exterior and Interior Log Finish
**We can modify the log package to suit your needs. All of the things you see listed above can be sold individually as well.
What IS NOT Included in a Typical Log Package
1. Roofing – no felt, shingles or metal roof covering is provided; LHA typical roof system includes heavy timbers (beams & rafters), T&G decking and polystyrene insulation panels; should a client opt to do a conventional roof on all or a portion of the home, we do not supply the trusses or dimensional material, batted or blown insulation, or other material associated with a conventional roof system
2. Foundation – we do not provide any foundation material
3. Sub-floor – we do not provide subfloor material (floor trusses, OSB/plywood, etc.). However, we do provide the matching log siding that covers the sub-floor band
4. Floor coverings – wood floors, tile, vinyl, carpet, etc. are not provided
5. Decks / porches – we provide the porch roof system from the posts up, minus the felt paper and roof type itself. We do not typically provide any of the treated deck boards or posts, hand rail material, or exterior stairs.
6. Trim – we do provide the exterior rough sawn cedar trim for the windows and doors. Any of the interior window, door, baseboard, gable to log wall transition trim or exposed loft transition trim that is preferred is not provided for in our typical package
7. Wall coverings – we typically provide interior tongue & groove for the gables and dormers, and can for other interior walls, but if a different covering is preferred such as drywall, we do not provide.
8. Fixed glass windows – once final drawings are complete and we have specific sizes for the rough openings, we can quote fixed glass through Jeld-Wen if requested; many clients opt to obtain fixed glass through a local glass company. As a result, it typically is not part of a standard quote
9. Main entry door – where most clients prefer to see, touch and feel the many main entry door options, we do not typically quote this door.
10. Fireplace – fireplace itself as well as stone fascia or anything associated is not provided
11. Gables, Dormers, & Interior Walls – the gables, dormers and interior walls will be stick framed and will need to be insulated with typical batted, blown, or spray-foam insulation. We do not provide this type of insulation or any dimensional lumber
12. Mechanical equipment – geothermal, HVAC, hot water heater, pressure tank, fridge, dishwasher, stove, washer/dryer, etc.
13. Screened in porch – we will quote the porch roof materials, but anything below the posts, as well as the screen material itself, would be obtained locally
14. Cabinets, electrical, plumbing, lighting, appliances, counters, counter tops, faucets, etc.
* The above is meant to provide a general list of materials commonly needed for completing a home, but these are materials that LHA does not typically include in the log package itself. It is NOT necessarily a complete list of all materials that would be needed in a home as preferences differ from client to client.