In our 25 years in the log home business we are routinely asked the same questions by many clients that have made the decision to purchase a log home. Here are a few of the areas that we feel are important to anyone considering a log home:
Develop a budget
A solid budget is the essential first step in building your new home. Include as many factors as possible, including allowances for purchasing and clearing your land, well drilling, a septic system, interior decorating, landscaping, etc. Once you have a firm dollar amount in mind, secure your financing. You can consult your local financial institution, or seek out the many national mortgage companies that specialize in financing log homes. Cedar Knoll Log Homes, Inc. can assist you with needed mortgage information.
Acquire your land
The layout of your land where you intend to build should help determine the foundation, orientation and floor plan of your home. Take the time to walk your property and consider the following: What type of foundation do I want or need? From which direction will I approach the house? What are the views that I want to see from each room? Which room do I want for the southern exposure? Are there neighboring structures I don’t want to see? How will my driveway approach my home and where will my garage be located? All essential questions to discuss and plan prior to excavating your land or designing your home.
Now is the time to explore ideas and designs. Review log home magazines, company brochures, on-line literature and catalogs of homes. Many log home companies have standard models, can customize their models or can design a log home from scratch. Whatever the case, you need to start a “dream home” portfolio. Make sketches, cut out designs, and take notes concerning the items you desire in your home. If you can, visit a model home in your area, attend home shows, and gather magazine and catalog pictures. Then take that information to your local log home representative.
By sketching a rough layout of your plans you can expedite your log home progress. Take the liberty of moving rooms around, changing measurements and making interior alterations until you arrive at a plan that will fit both your current arrangements and future lifestyle plans. With this basic floor plan information, your log home manufacturer can offer a general cost estimate. At Cedar Knoll Log Homes, our sales team will guide you through the design process and will carefully assist you with the entire planning and purchasing process.
A blueprint is required by most builders, lending institutions, and for most local planning boards before a building permit is issued. In addition, Cedar Knoll Log Homes will acquire the necessary engineering stamp required to build in New York state. Our representatives will go over your blueprints with you in detail, making any changes or additions accordingly. Personalizing your new home is part of what makes us good at what we do. We realize that it is your dream home and our goal is to incorporate our quality workmanship into your plans.
You can build the home yourself, act as your own general contractor and hire subcontractors, or your Cedar Knoll Log Home representative can help arrange for a qualified builder to construct your home. If you plan to act as your own general contractor, this is the time to get quotes from subcontractors. To do this, your blueprints will need to be finalized. Construction timeline and cost analysis worksheets are available for your use.
Once all your blueprints have been completed and your construction costs are in writing, you will be ready to make final arrangements for financing your project. Ensure your builder’s construction draw schedule for payment is available when consulting with your financial representative.
Your building site should be cleared, foundation work completed and an access road prepared prior to the arrival of your log home materials. The site must provide room for maneuvering a tractor-trailer and a forklift.
Cedar Knoll’s experienced and knowledgeable staff is here to assist you throughout the entire planning and construction phase. Your pace will determine ours. Whether your dream home comes together quickly, or you choose to plan now and build later, we will be there with you to answer any question and help facilitate the entire process.