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The charm and allure of log houses are everlasting. They are synonymous with rural, natural living at its finest and have an undeniable connection to peaceful living. We often think of log house, and log cabins tucked away in the forest, somewhere out of sight, and out of the chaos of city life. You may also think about the early years of Europeans settling in what is now called North America, building log houses to inhabit while they made a new life for themselves. These skills were passed down from generation to generation, and are still used in this modern day by people who want an all original home to live in rather than a replicated model. Designing your own home is such a rewarding process. Having the dream to build a log house can be exhilarating, but, like any home building project, log home building also comes with its challenges and skills to learn. Building a log house from scratch is an ambitious undertaking, but it can be done. When building any home, firstly a floor plan is needed. The floor plan and design can be purchased or worked on with a professional designer or engineer to ensure that it will meet building codes. There are many log home floor plans available for free or for a fee online, or, a prospective log home owner can sketch up their own plans and bring them into a designer.
Purchasing the materials for the log home building project will also take some diligent research. As with any project, it's best to call around in the local area for pricing on materials, getting at least three to four estimates will help to narrow down which supplier to purchase from. Next, in the building process, you'll want to make sure that you have a well-drained area to set the home's foundation. The foundation work can be contracted out to save you the hassle, and be sure that it's done right. Once that is all set, the building can begin. Building your own log house requires lots of measuring and cutting, so you'll need to buy or borrow good quality tools. You'll definitely need a chainsaw and a scribing tool to mark the logs. Building a small log house or cabin would be the best place to start and can be accomplished in a shorter amount of time than larger houses.
If all of this seems like too much work for you, there's always the option of purchasing a log home building kit that already contains all of the necessary materials. Depending on the company selling the log home kits, the materials may come already pre-measured and pre-cut with labels and directions on how to assemble the house. The whole kit would be delivered right to your building site and you can take your time building it. Of course, for those who like a more hands-on approach, the do it yourself version would better suit them. The pricing of building the log house yourself, or ordering a kit could be comparable, but as always, do your research and find out. It's advisable to have a budget in mind when working on any home building project, and always to allow for some leeway for hidden and unexpected costs. Usually 10% of your total budget will suffice.
The easiest option, is to hire a company to design and build the entire project, though, because of labour costs, it could end up being the priciest option. Explore the online world of log home building and log home kit companies, to find out which option would work best for you.