Log home kits and log home building kits information you should know...

Log home kits are the most popular way to build a dream log home. Why are log home building kits so popular? Since producers use machinery to size and shape the wood, log home building kits are less expensive than handcrafted log homes.

More homes can be manufactured this way than can be done by using hand tools. And manufactured log homes can be surprisingly beautiful and creative.

If you want to buy log home kits from a manufacturer, you'll be working either directly with the producer or with one of the following:

Log Home Dealer - this simply means you'll be doing business with a person that represents a specific manufacturer.

The dealer will have a local area that he or she works in, and they can be a great source of information on designing and building your new place.

They will not do any actual construction, but they will know builders in the area that will.

Builder-Dealers - a builder/dealer both represents a manufacturer AND will build yours using that producer's building kit and systems. They can construct the package or they may be able to oversee the entire project from start to finish.

Log Home Builders - a builder can do part or oversee all of your project. They will not represent any particular manufacturer and they may also build other types of projects.

Any time you are going to work with someone, make sure that they've done other jobs similar to yours. Ask for references, past projects, previous customers.

And check them out. Building your house may be one of the largest financial events in your life, so you need to be selective in who you will be working with.

What kind of log home building kits are available?

Log home kits come in various combinations. To correctly compare kits and prices, you must compare 'apples to apples'.

You'll find these general log home kits packages are available:

Wall Shell Package - this most basic log home building kit includes only the logs, the fasteners and the sealers needed for the exterior walls.

You'll need to know if the logs will arrive already cut to the proper lengths or whether they will need cutting on site.

You'll have choices to make as to the species of wood, color, perhaps corner treatments and fastening system. Sometimes the producer includes the roof truss materials needed for framing the roof in this kind of package.

Dry-in Package - in addition to the walls and the roof system, dry-in log home kits include the windows, exterior doors and the exterior trim. Some dry-in packages can include porches and floor systems.

Complete Package - this log home building kit package will include the walls, roof, windows, doors, trim, porches, floor system, ceilings, insulation, stairs and interior finish materials. What's not included will be your appliances, fixtures, cabinets and finished flooring materials, for example.

How do you keep up with what is included or not included in the log home kits that you're interested in?

How do you organize yourself and the important parts of making your project happen?

There are several books and resources that can assist you in planning, including a complete workbook for managing a log home project.

The project planner book includes a cost estimating system to help you plan and direct your log home construction.

Using it will simplify the process of comparing costs for different kits - read more about the helpful Log Home Project Planner Workbook and other related design and construction resources available online.

Manufactured log home kits are often sold as a do-it-yourself kit. This means that the logs have been pre-milled and bundled together before being shipped to the customer.

Make sure you get a list of all the items that are included in any log home building kits that you are seriously considering selecting.

It is crucial that you compare apples to apples when comparing various kits and what they contain, don't contain and the costs for the various combinations.

Which log home building kit should I buy?

Any manufacturer that has been in business for several years should have a decent product.

Visit them if you can, and request to visit some of the homes that they have built. Ask them how long they have been in business.

Be prepared to ask lots of questions...usually the good companies that sell log home kits or packages have no problems answering any type of question.

And dealing with the top suppliers of log home kits in North America certainly ranks very high in importance for making a successful project happen. You can find a list of the top 100 suppliers in a publication called Muir's Log Home Directory.

The decisions you make EARLY in your home building process affect tremendously how successful your project will be or not be.

Your design, your builder and the contract that will be used to define the duties and the responsibilities of each of the important parties - these are examples of crucial parts of the journey you'll take as you're making your project happen.

The payoff, however, can be a place that will be enjoyed for many years to come.

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