Log Home Books for Building a Log Cabin Home Original

Are you looking for a log home book? Having one or more of the best log home books handy can be an important part of creating and building a dream log cabin home original. It takes knowledge to design and build a log cabin home original. A quality log home design book can help make your home become a reality.

Your log home design book should provide you with information required to make your dream happen. Another criteria should be that the book should be a best-seller that is written by an industry professional. Here are two of the best books covering log home design and building:

Log Construction Manual: The Ultimate Guide to Building Handcrafted Log Homes by Robert Wood Chambers.

This log home book is an important guide for those who are going to build this type of structure. It covers the design and construction process to help you get organized. The author provides information on shopping for kits, finding your land, estimating how much construction will cost, obtaining financing, choosing a builder and overseeing construction. Numerous checklists and forms are provided for your personal use.

This book may be the best log home book ever. The illustrations are great and the text is objective and factual. The approach by the author is presented as the best way he found to do a particular job. If he finds someone doing it a better way in the future, he will begin doing it that way in the future.

The author explains how to build a log cabin home original. From planning for settling to the proper chainsaw stance when cutting a lateral groove in a log, he tells you how to do it correctly. If your goal is to learn the most practical information in one log home book, this is the book to select. It is the best written instruction guide for creating a log cabin home original that you will find.

The author is a writer who can explain complex tasks in everyday English. Even if you have little experience in log cabin home original building, you really do have a chance to be able to try the techniques on wood correctly after reading this book. No matter if you are hiring someone to build your log cabin home original, this is an informative construction book to have.

The other informative log home book is titled Log Homes Made Easy: Contracting and Building Your Own Log Home by Jim Cooper.

Cooper explains that these buildings are products of modern engineering and building methods and their rustic nature requires a combination of knowledge plus experience to build correctly. He knows what he is writing about as he has been both a log home builder and dealer. And yes, he lives in one that he built himself.

The author gives practical information on the steps for starting, organizing and comparing price quotes, using the internet, selecting an architect, planning the site, the well and septic systems, choosing and overseeing subcontractors, scheduling and controlling project costs. This guide to building a log cabin home original covers kits, financing and construction. The author also explains the myths and realities of living in these homes.

It does not matter whether you will be doing none of the work, some of it or all of it. The how-to approach provided by these building guides are the best you will find. You absolutely want a log home book that is useful and practical.

Learn as much as you can before taking the plunge. Having a comfortable, attractive and functional log cabin home original that reflects your own style means you will have a very special place to enjoy for many years to come.

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Build a Handcrafted Log Cabin For Under $50,000 – A Log Home Guide For the Do-it-Yourselfer

Do you dream of owning your own log home or cabin?

Living in a mountain retreat, lakeside resort, or country ranch lifestyle, is continuing to grow in popularity. Studies show that people who trade their urban lifestyle for a simpler, less stressful natural setting, where they can relax more often, are also living healthier lives, and actually live longer as a result!

In recent years many of us are embracing this lifestyle as never before. But… Many of today’s custom log cabin owners have become frustrated with the cost and length of time it takes to build their home. One would think that modern methods should reflect shorter construction times, but custom log homes today, on average, do take longer to build. This is due in part to some proven methods that cannot be improved upon, going back in history to European craftsmanship, skills, and techniques still used today in the effort required to properly build a quality custom home built to last. This approach requires patience from the homeowner, but can lend itself to a beautiful dream home, with high quality of craftsmanship.

This is the standard of quality that folks today expect, but it comes with a price. You can avoid the higher cost of building a custom log cabin by doing most of the work yourself. It is possible to build a 1200 to 1500 sq. ft. Log Cabin for under $50,000 (land not included)

The right approach requires thought, creativity, and an efficient, yet patient application of skills, but can be very rewarding due to the custom nature of a handcrafted home. Comparing a log construction time frame, with that of a Custom, stick-frame home, is misleading.

Log Homes of equal square footage will always take a bit longer to build on average. A log builder with a good crew should be able to properly dry-in an average size milled D-style home in less than three months, after the log package has been delivered to the building site. A “Hybrid” (Log Accents & Stick Frame Construction), should take a little less time to dry-in. A do-it-yourselfer building a handcrafted home will take 6 to 8 months on a part-time building schedule, but you will be continuously saving a ton of money.

After dry-in is completed, it could take from 3-5 months longer to finish or “turnkey” a milled style home or a “Hybrid”. These time frames could be even longer if you are building a handcrafted log home. The handcrafted cabin is the most time consuming style of construction, but is widely accepted as the “Ultimate” in a unique one of a kind log cabin. Weather, commute to the site, suppliers, building inspectors, or other factors can change this guideline. So… prepare yourself for this journey, and you will ultimately enjoy the rewarding experience of your own log home Lifestyle, with your own design and tastes, in the home you really want and can afford to enjoy.

How much does it cost to build a log home?

With this in mind… building a log cabin does not have to cost a fortune to become reality. If you choose to do most of the work yourself, you can probably build your home for as little as $45 per sq. ft. On the other hand, if you have all the work done by a builder, and purchase upscale fixtures and features, it could cost $250 per sq. ft. or more.

Although to suggest a certain price per square foot is only a guideline/starting point, I do think that an affordable custom log home without an owners participation can be built for around $110.00 – 150.00 per sq. ft… That is, if you don’t go hog wild!

Bear in mind that depending on where you are at, you will always realize a larger home equity when you are building it yourself from scratch!