1. "How much will my log home shell cost?". Before attempting to answer this question, we must point out that there are several variables in determining the log shell cost.
One main consideration is the style of log work you would like for your home. A Scandinavian full scribe home is more labor intensive for us and, therefore, would cost more per square foot than a round log chink style, but you would not have the cost of chinking once the log work is complete.
A few other things to consider are the size and species of logs and any extras that are not usually included in our packages.
Our cost per square foot starts at $40.00 for a simple design. More complex designs can be $75.00 and up.
2. "What is included with a log package?"
Our standard packages usually include the following:
- Log walls-hand peeled
- Loft / 2nd floor joists with support beams and posts
- Log roof system
- Timber or log gables
- Joists & log roof system flattened and ready for framing
- Door & window bucks
- Pre-drill for thru-bolts & supply thru-bolt material
- Pre-drill for electric & pre-mortise electric boxes
- Foam insulation for laterals & notches
Other items that can be included:
- Log stair with rail
- Log railings
The following items are not included in the sq. footage price and are in addition to the package price:
- Shipping of completed home to your site
- Crane costs to re-erect your home on your site
- The re-erection of your home on your site
3. What species do you build with, are they green or dead standing and what length and diameter are the logs?".
To answer the first part of this question; we have used many species of logs to build our homes. Sometimes it comes down to preference, sometimes to availability. The more common ones are spruce and lodgepole pine, but we have also built with Douglas fir, western white pine, larch, ponderosa pine and western red cedar.
As for green or dead standing, we have used both. We highly recommend using dry logs. Dead standing logs have a low moisture content and less shrinkage than green logs. With green logs, the checking can be controlled. The ideal is a green log that has been allowed to air dry. The dry climate here in Challis, Idaho, where our log yard is located, allows us to get green logs down to a moisture content of 19% to 20% in the summer months.
And, finally, we use full length logs in diameters ranging from 10" to 30". If a design features long log wall runs, a splice is located on an intersecting log wall so all splices are hidden.
Also, if you live in an area where grading of the logs is required, that is not a problem. We use Timber Inspection, Inc. for all of our log grading.
4. "I see that you offer many styles of log work, what are the differences between them?"
We do offer several different styles of log work for you to choose from. The descriptions of the different styles can be found on our Log Styles page of this website.
5. "How long does it take to build our home at your yard and to re-erect it on our site?"
That depends on your design and the log building method you decide on. Usually a 1200 to 1400 sq. ft. log home takes between 4 and 8 weeks in our yard. Generally, and barring any site complications, we can usually have a home restacked at your site in 3 to 5 days.
6. "How far can you ship a log home and how much will it cost?"
We can ship a home anywhere. On site construction is also available, distance permitting. The cost to ship you home is approximately $2.00 to $2.50 per loaded mile. Generally, two flat beds are required for a 1500 sq. ft. home.
7. "Is settling a problem and is chinking required?"
All of our homes are engineered for settling above doors, windows, fireplaces, interior framed walls, timber framing and plumbing. Technical assistance is available to the homeowner and the finish contractor.
Chinking is required only on homes that are not built in the full scribe style. The chinking can be done by the homeowner or a chinking contractor.