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Here are over 100 log home plans from North America's leading dealers and designers of log home and log cabin plans and kits. Each sponsor will gladly prepare a custom log plan to fit your unique life style. Each sponsor can also convert a conventional house plan to a log home or log cabin plan.
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The links in this table will take you to a compilation of log home plans contributed by all sponsors. The square feet of living space indicated below
does not include decks, basements (unless otherwise indicated), porches or garages.
Log Cabin Plans for Camp Sites
From 138 to 575 square feet of living space.
|Less than 1,000 square feet
||Less than 1,500 square feet
|1,250 - 1,750 square feet
||1,500 - 2,000 square feet
|1,750 - 2,250 square feet
||2,000 - 2,500 square feet
|2,250 - 2,750 square feet
||2,500 - 3,000 square feet
|2,750 - 3,250 square feet
||3,000 - 3,500 square feet
|3,250 - 3,750 square feet
||3,500 - 4,000 square feet
4,000 square feet and more
Ranch (one level) designs
Designs with only an open loft on the 2nd level are considered one level designs.
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||Our Sponsors and Links to Their Contributed Plans
How can my log home company participate in this web site?
19 Opportunities for Saving Money when Designing and Building your Dream Log Home.
That is the idea behind this web site! Here you will find many log home plans from a growing number of North American manufacturers, dealers and designers. New sponsors and plans will be added in the future; if you are in the market for a log home, please bookmark this page. The best way to begin your design is to find a floor plan that is close to what you are looking for, mark it with your changes and send it to one or more of the sponsors of this web site. Any sponsor will gladly advise you on your custom log home design, where to save money, and then quote a kit price. Don't be reluctant to begin a design with your unique requirements. Rarely (and I do mean rarely) does a company ship the same log home kit twice.
Remember, any of the sponsors on this site will gladly convert a conventional house plan to a log home plan.
The savings start with the design of your log home.
In other words, limit the shape of the foundation to a rectangle (or more rarely, a square). Additional corners, inside or outside corners, will increase the cost of your log home from the foundation footers to the roof design and construction.
Limit the foundation of your log home to four corners.
This is the opportunity for the greatest saving . Of course, most of us work full time at other jobs and do not have the time for such an undertaking. However, if your heart is set on researching this option, here are links to three "must read" books available from Amazon.com:
Log Homes Made Easy: Contracting & Building Your Own Log Home,
Log Home Project Planner: Your Complete Workbook for Managing a Log Home Construction Project and
Muir's Original Log Home Guide for Builders and Buyers
Build the log home or log cabin yourself.
Act as your own general contractor.
This is your option for the second greatest saving. Many
log home buyers decide to be their own general contractor. However, be
aware, this choice is not without its headaches. That is why you save
all those bucks! Local building officials can be difficult to work with;
subcontractors will be late or never show up; deliveries will be late or
the wrong materials will be delivered; the weather is unpredictable;
subcontractors and suppliers may take advantage of your inexperience.
And the list goes on. Regardless of the pitfalls and stress, acting as
your own general contractor should save you 15% -20% - and that is big
bucks. If you are not sure you can handle being the general contractor,
Click log home
construction and you will find information on (and order if you so desire) Amazon.com's extremely popular book,
Log Homes Made Easy: Contracting & Building Your Own Log Home If you are seriously researching log homes,
Click log home books and you will be taken to a complete listing of Amazon.com's log home books.
Shop for financing the same as you shop for building materials, appliances, etc.
- Click >> log home lenders (close the pop open window to return here) and you will find many
home lenders that will finance log homes nationwide, including those log homes that are constructed by owner builders. This directory of financial institutions that offer log home
loans & mortgages
rates may be the largest such directory on the Internet.
Select your building lot with caution. - How long will the driveway be? If you must install a septic system, a health permit is a prerequisite, and then, will it be necessary to pump to the drain field (add $1,500 - $2,000 for the pump system)? Will it be necessary to cross a creek? How much grading will be involved? Is tree and stump remove going to be a problem? In other words, a "cheap" lot can quickly become an expensive lot. If you are having difficulty finding a lot, contact a local real estate agent. Give the realtor your lot selection criteria (price range, location, size, etc.) and tell him/her to search the Multiple Listing Service data base. There is no charge for this service.
Select your log home builders with caution. -
Visit our growing list of experienced, independent
log home builders.
When talking to builders, ask for references and visit other log homes he/she has built. In other words, you as the potential buyer must do proper due diligence.
Select carpet as your floor covering rather than hardwood floors. - Yes, hardwood floors are a "natural" in log homes. but we are looking for opportunities to save money. Perhaps you can compromise. Put hardwood in the great room and carpet elsewhere. Of course, you can always add hardwood floors later "after your ship comes in."
Stick stone to plywood and studs in lieu of a full masonry chimney. - Don't tell your friends. It's impossible to see the low cost plywood and studs thru the stone. This decision can save you $8,000 - $12,000 over the cost of a full masonry chimney.
Consider an efficient wood stove over an inefficient fireplace. - Select black flue pipe instead of a masonry chimney. The black flue pipe looks great in a log home.
Build your log home on a crawl space rather than a basement. - Again, we are looking for opportunities to save money. Sure, a basement is cheap floor space and many buyers opt for the extra storage, shop and/or recreation room space. Never the less, eliminating the basement will save $12,000 - $18,000 in a typical home.
If you do elect to have a basement, put your garage in the basement. - Of course, this option works well only if your lot is properly sloped. A flat lot will require so much excavation that there will be no saving over an attached or detached garage.
If yours is to be a two level log home or cabin, consider standard construction lumber for 1st floor ceiling joists in lieu of exposed beams. - In reality, which is best is in the eyes of the beholder. No doubt the construction lumber (e.g., 2"x 8", 2"x 10", 2"x 12") will be cheaper than the exposed beams (e.g., 4"x 8", 4"x 10") supplied by the kit manufacturer. The advantage of the exposed beams is purely visual; in other words, the homeowner's preference. However, if the 2x's are used as ceiling joists and tongue and groove paneling is used as the ceilings, there are definite advantages. First, the tongue and groove paneling is not an additional cost because this paneling would have been used on top of the exposed beams. Second, the space between the 2x's can be used to run HVAC ducts and wiring. Finally, the 2x option offers the possibility of installing "pocket"
ceiling light fixtures.
is an even lower cost, popular option.
Have your custom fixed glass manufactured locally. - Yes, your window supplier will want to order your fixed glass from the factory. While he/she is getting a quote from the factory, visit a local glass shop. You may be pleasantly surprised.
If you are using stone, compare the installed cost of man made stone vs. the real thing. - If the thought of using man made stone in your "natural" log home is a turn-off, visit a local supplier and inspect the product. Again, you may be pleasantly surprised.
Use manufactured roof trusses rather than exposed beams and rafters. - Yes, exposed beams and rafters are classic in a log home. But the roof trusses can save about $10 per square foot. You can still have vaulted ceilings with roof trusses and you can have a tongue & groove paneled ceiling under the trusses. You can even add a few exposed rafters for "looks."
Select your windows and doors with care. - This is a major opportunity for savings. Compare the quality and cost of several manufacturers before making a decision. We recommend
windows over the popular
Pella windows, if saving money is a priority for you. MW Windows
Select your plumbing fixtures, electrical fixtures and kitchen cabinets with care. - These are also major opportunities for controlling your costs.
Start shopping early. - Even if you hire a builder to do a "turn key" job, you can save money on individual items in the house - for example, appliances, floor coverings, windows, doors, plumbing fixtures, kitchen cabinets, counter tops, etc., etc. The earlier you start shopping the more likely you are to find items on sale. Just let your "turn key" builder know in advance that you plan to shop for sale items and BE AWARE, if you slow down or inconvenience the builder, you will quickly lose what you saved and probably much more. If you are acting as your own general contractor, this is where you start saving that 15% - 20%.
Best wishes as you embark on an exciting and rewarding journey!
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