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Special Report 30: How to build a log home for $60 a square foot - Electronic Edition

Special Report 30: How to build a log home for $60 a square foot - Electronic Edition
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Author: Mark A. Smith
[This is the Special Report 30 in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. Our electronic products download immediately to your computer upon purchase.]

One of our readers has done it. Read the story of this family's approach and understand just why most custom log homes have gotten so expensive. Six pages, revised and updated with new reader tips, web links and comments.

Topics Include:
  • Shell components
  • Wide bid variations
  • Hidden costs
  • Bundling and unbundling
  • Grade-stamped logs
  • Challenging homesites
  • Log home shows

Excerpt from Report:

"...What's In a Shell

Phil Smith of Spencer, New York, whose log home we'll examine later, told me what was in his log shell:

'Logs, gasket, caulk, lag bolts, washers, log siding for foundation, log paneling for interior gable, doors, anderson double hung windows with screens, trusses, CDX plywood for roofing, felt, shingles - 25 year, drip edge, facia, soffit, ridge and soffit vents, window and door buck framing, exterior window and door casings, cathedral ceilings of 1x6 tongue and groove pine, 1x6 southern yellow pine flooring. (Could have done oak for $2,500 more) all the nails, 10 gallons of wood guard preservative with insect repellent, Symphony clear gloss for interior logs.'

Phil's house is a cozy starter log home of 834 square feet. What did he pay for his shell? $18,000, though he got bids up to around $30,000 for the same thing. Phil owner-built his log home: 'I borrowed the money from a bank after an erector or general contractor put his name down with the bank. He had to do that to get work. We saved $15,000 on contractor fees. Wood supplies, sheetrock, we went out and bought through our draw schedule, as well as countertops, plumbing, etc. We then hired the tradesmen. The plumber only supplied pipe. We paid for labor only. The only work we did was staining and painting. We did the cleanup, dealing with the bank, purchasing, running errands. Bank draws were made out to me.' His total construction cost was $60,000. Total. What would it have been if he had a log home company build the house? 'We had bids of up to $135,000 for turnkey,' Phil told me. 'But there was no way we were doing that. We shopped around for shell costs. That's the secret..."

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"Our friend built 1,200 sq. foot cabin for $18,500. Bought windows on closeout. Only regretted not doing 2x6 exterior framing."
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Salt Lake City, UT

"I went to Michigan and selected my handcrafted log home. 11 inches to 14 inches thick. Maple Island in Twin Lakes, Michigan. Mapleisland.com."
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