Opportunities For Saving Money On Your Dream Log Home
Many of us have dreamed of owning a log home, but few of us ever turn our dreams into reality. Why? One reason may be the cost associated with planning, designing and building a home made of logs. The average log home costs from $150 to $300 per square foot, which means a small, 1,000 square foot home could cost $150,000-$300,000 at a minimum. And that’s without any of the stunning additions we often see on the pages of glossy magazines. But if you plan first, there are plenty of Opportunities For Saving Money On Your Dream Log Home.
Cost is, of course, controlled by design and will vary greatly depending on the finishing materials used, as well as local labor prices. If you want a modern log home with expensive hardwood and tile flooring and large log columns at the entryway as well as many other beautiful log home designs, there is a big cost associated with those materials, let alone the specialist craftsmen you will need to hire. While you don’t have to forego your dream log home entirely, there are a number of opportunities to cut costs along the way.
The greatest opportunity for saving money during log home construction is to build the log home yourself. Of course, most of us already work full-time jobs and don’t have the time – or the skill – for such a huge undertaking. However, if you really want to build your own log home, the best course of action is to do a lot of research and negotiate a rate for consultation with a local log builder. If you just don’t feel up to the huge task of building your own log home, you could instead act as your own general contractor. While this can be a difficult and time-consuming task, it will save you a lot of bucks! But be aware of some of the potential headaches before you decide to be your own general contractor, such as difficult local building officials, subcontractors that show up late – or not at all – wrong materials, late deliveries, and even unpredictable weather that will cause delays. If neither of these cost-saving options are for you, then consider and select your home builders with caution. When negotiating with builders always ask for references and actually visit the log homes they have built, as well as speak to the homeowners about their experience and satisfaction. Building a log home is a huge investment, and you will want it done right.
Other opportunities for saving money during a log home build include the choices you make regarding the materials you use. For example, when it comes to flooring, carpet floor covering is a much cheaper option than hardwood floors. Although hardwood is a ‘natural’ option, remember that your dream home could take years to achieve. Perhaps put hardwood in select locations and choose carpet for the rest of your house and remember: later on when you receive a job promotion and your earnings increase, you can always exchange the carpet for hardwood if that’s what your heart is set on. Another place to save money would be sticking stones to plywood and studs instead of a full masonry chimney. This option alone could save you over $8,000, and no one will know the difference. And while we’re talking chimneys, consider an efficient woodstove over an inefficient and more expensive fireplace. A black flue pipe instead of masonry chimney will save you thousands, and black flue pipe can look great in a log home. There are plenty of other areas to save money when building a log home, with each option potentially saving you thousands of dollars. Saving money is great, especially while building your dream log home. With these simple opportunities, your dream log home could be much easier to achieve than you’d think.