Craig Palmer  
Long-time Log Home Builder

- Log Home Construction Info -

 

This is a typical construction timeline for a log home.
Of course, actual time allotments will vary depending on the size and complexity of the home.


Before you start... PLANNING STAGE

  • Don't underestimate the time required for this Important Stage... The typical time for adequate planning, design & preparation can easily be as long as the entire construction process!  Also click on the  "Top Ten Biggest Mistakes " tab, for additional advice regarding this process.
  • Consider proposed Budget and Financing options - Consult with potential lenders to determine the loan amountt you qualify for, then determine the total budget that will be available for the project.
  • Purchase Property - It's always preferred to Design your home to fit the lot, rather than searching for a lot to accommodate your design!
  • Decide on basic Design & Style of Log Home - Be careful not to strain your budget... Overruns are common!
  • Research potential Log Package Suppliers and obtain Preliminary Estimates - Estimates should be in writing and describe what is included; but at this stage, they are only to be used as guidelines. Give consideration to the variations in "package" contents from different suppliers, but be wary of prices that appear to be out of line from the norm (too high, OR TOO LOW)!  Once you've made this selection, a deposit will be require to purchase the necessary timbers and begin the production process (including a few months of adequate drying)!
  • Order Design Services (House Plans) - This minor investment will allow for more accurate price estimates for materials & subcontractors!.
  • Select QUALIFIED Log Builder/General Contractor (or Sub-Contractors, if Owner-built) - It's imperative that your builder have adequate experience working with log construction. Be cautious of unusually low prices... They typically tend to inflate over the course of the project! The cheapest is not necessarily the best choice! Check references, and if possible, view previous work.
  • Finalize Plans, Budget and Financing - Careful attention to these will prevent headaches down the road!  Execute contracts and make deposits as necessary to initiate production of your home (lead time for a thoroughly dried log home can be 3-4 months)!

Note: This is a "best case scenerio" schedule... Construction rarely goes as anticipated...

Inclement Weather, material delays, conflicting schedules and such usually get in the way !

Month One - SITE WORK/FOUNDATION

  • Obtain Building Permits - typically your general contractor will handle this
  • Clear road & home site - Abundant space will make the job of staging and storing materials easier!
  • Drill well - Occasionally this is done well in advance to confirm the availability of adequate water.
  • Install septic system and obtain inspection
  • Install electric service - Includes provision for temporary service connection.  May require meeting with service provider if no current service to location.
  • Pour foundation/basement walls & floor - Patios are usually poured at a later date, to prevent damage & staining.
  • Excavation & trenching, Install water line & sewage line - Sometimes electric service and water line, etc. can go in a common trench... Check local codes.

Month Two - SHELL DRY-IN

  • Basement framing & subfloor - It is critical that the floor system be square for log homes!
  • Build deck frames - Decking can be applied later (to prevent damage & staining), but deck framing will likely be used as staging platforms during construction.
  • Log package delivery & Shell Erection - This is where Experience Counts... The future efficiency and stability of the home are at stake! A crane is typically required for this stage, depending on size of logs.
  • Select kitchen cabinets, plumbing & electrical fixtures, finish flooring materials & other finishes - The Dry-In stage may take several weeks, a good opportunity for shopping!
  • Construct second floor&/or roof frame, incl. gables & dormers
  • Apply roof decking (or structural panels) & apply weather barrier - Log Homes are a perfect candidate for Structural Insulated Panels (SIP's)... They install very quickly to minimize exposure of your home to the elements. In addition, they are economical in that they consolidate framing, insulation, roof decking & interior T&G ceiling into One Step!
  • Frame interior walls - Now you can get a feel for the home... This is your opportunity to make any minor changes to the layout.

Month Three - "MECHANICALS"

  • Build masonry fireplace, if applicable
  • HVAC, electrical & plumbing rough-ins - Sheet metal Worker, Electrician & Plumber should have a basic familiarity with log home construction and allowing for settling. A nice option to installing outlets in log walls is to utilize Floor Boxes!
  • Install insulation - Typically a minimal job on Log Homes... Roof & framed walls only!
  • Install drywall &/or tongue & groove siding - Be certain to allow for settling!
  • Install roof covering - Snow-Blocks are advised on steep metal roofs to prevent snow accumulation below, and allow for use of gutters.
  • Clean & prep log walls for preservation - Allow surface to thoroughly dry if power-wash is used

Month Four - TRIM & FINISHES

  • Install hard-surface flooring - wood, tile & vinyl
  • Install interior doors
  • Install interior trim
  • Interior surface finishes - Paint/stain
  • Install kitchen cabinets & bath vanities - Again, allow for settling
  • Install exterior trim and deck boards & railings
  • Apply exterior sealant/preservative - It is sometimes convenient to do this step before windows & roof are installed! Apply liberally, especially on log tails & railings!

Month Five - FINISHING TOUCHES

  • Complete HVAC and Fireplace or gas stove installation
  • Install plumbing & electrical fixtures
  • Install carpeting and appliances
  • Pour driveway and patios
  • Install gutters, Plant yard & Landscaping - Provide good drainage away from home.
  • Obtain Final Inspection & Occupancy Permit, Move in and ENJOY!

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