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What does a log package include?

“Log package” refers to all the log work that we supply. We are custom handcrafted specialists and we build the log (or timber) portion of each client’s unique dream home. A building contractor of your choice will finish the remainder of the project. This is not a “log cabin kit”…we work with high quality raw logs to complete ALL the log (or timber) work. We take care and pride in our craftsmanship and we promise you’ll be proud of your new log home!

~Hand-peeled premium large scale logs. The physically demanding process of hand-peeling a log retains its natural character

~Hand-crafted full scribe log construction. A temporary foundation for the home is set up and the log shell is hand-crafted on our building site by experienced professional log builders. The log work incorporates all log walls, log loft support beams, log roof support system, (posts, purlins, ridge poles and log trusses if required).

~Log roof support system constructed with superior Douglas Fir logs that are 10% larger than the logs used in the walls to ensure maximum structural support.

~Door and window openings cut and prepared for easy installation of doors and windows.

~Slots cut to accept frame partition walls. Every log home has some interior frame partition walls or closet walls that must connect to the log work. The necessary slots to integrate these frame walls into the log walls are cut precisely to make the framer’s work easier. Any decking in the loft or second story will also require these slots to accommodate the base of the framed walls. All of these will be prepared as part of the log package.

~The base round of logs will be pre-drilled for electrical wiring as indicated on the plan.

~Expandable foam gasketing is included and installed between every round and in the corners throughout the log work ensuring an air-tight home.

~Log ends will be cut and trimmed in the style you request.

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Does the price include the whole house?

No. The prices you see are for the complete log work or the “log package” which includes any log walls, the log roof support system (see above for details) and any log or timber staircases, railings or accents that you need. The log work will be prepared and fabricated in our building yard then shipped to your home site where members of our crew will reassemble it in place.  We will work with a general contractor that you select in your area who will oversee the construction of the foundation, the purchase and installation of windows, roofing, and doors and schedule the sub-trades…plumbing, electrical, and finishing in the same way that he would handle a conventional frame home project. Over the years we have found that this is the most cost effective way for you to achieve the finest quality home. With experienced professionals in place at every stage of construction, you can be assured of superior results. We work closely with your contractor and we’re available to help as long as you need us!

How much per square foot does it cost to build a log home?

The price of a log home is determined by more than a simple “per-square-foot” formula. The key elements in a log home are top quality logs and meticulous log construction: both standard in all our projects for over 40 years. Factors that typically influence the cost of a log package are:

  • The number of log corners
  • The number of log interior walls
  • The complexity of the roof system and over-all design
  • The wood species selected. (Prices on this website are in Canadian dollars based on Douglas Fir construction: Western Red Cedar will cost approximately 20% more.)

Most of our projects are custom log homes and each is priced individually, but our sample log home plans help give an idea of how much a certain size or style of log home might cost.  Although many of our log homes include one-of-a kind features and the latest luxuries, some are simple and traditional. Whichever you choose, you will be guaranteed the best logs and log construction available. You can expect the cost of the log work to represent 25%-35% of the total cost of your finished home depending on the type of finishes you choose. The final cost of your home will depend on your choice of windows, doors, roofing materials, cabinetry, flooring, and fixtures etc.

Where are you located?

We are located in the Southern British Columbia interior where Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar grow abundantly. Being close to the raw materials is cost effective for our us and for our clients. This lush and mountainous region beside Shuswap Lake, is popular for hot summers and moderate winters, allowing us to build log homes all year long. Our site is a small acreage in Scotch Creek beside Captain’s Village Marina where we have a large open area to store logs, organize wood waste, and manoeuvre long logs with the large equipment required. Planning to Build a Log Home in the United States? Information for our US neighbors: Click Here

If you’re thinking of camping in BC this summer, spectacular Shuswap Lake Provincial Park with its great beaches and Copper Island is just a short walk from our log building yard. Just minutes away is the famous Adams Lake Salmon Run at Roderick Haig Brown Park that attracts visitors from around the world in October. Stop by and see us as part of your next family vacation!

I have many questions as I begin planning a log home. What’s the best way to get the information I need?

After you have spent some time exploring our website, go ahead and contact us with any questions! f you like, call 1-877-955-2485 (toll free) or 1-250-682-2485 (mobile phone) or click on the “contact us” link and include your information, phone number, and the best time for us to call you. (The most efficient way to address a number of items is in a telephone conversation.) We’ll get Brian, who has been building log homes his whole life and is great at explaining things clearly to get in touch whenever you like. We understand that everyone has different concerns, different time frames, different budgets…. and it’s always interesting to talk to the variety of people who contact us from around the world. In fact, it’s the people that we meet over the years that are the most rewarding part of this business. Just call or send us a note and we can go over any more questions you have! Your name will never be added to a mailing list and we will never share your information with anyone else.

I like log homes but my husband/wife prefers conventional construction. Can you help us compromise?

This is quite common! Some couples find that log exterior walls combined with framed interior partitions help give them the best of both worlds. Others explore the post and beam option which features a hand peeled log framework and roof system with conventionally framed exterior and interior walls. Timber frame is another choice where milled beams work together with standard walls adding strength and character. You can see examples of each of these styles here in our website. Not everyone wants a log home…and we can discuss ways to accommodate a variety of tastes!

Do you have finished photos of your log home plans?

Sometimes. We build custom log homes and a finished home is usually someone’s private dwelling. We understand that, while some clients are kind enough to share finished photos of their homes, not everyone wants pictures of their living spaces on display. When a home sells, we occasionally have permission to use realtor photos.

While viewing finished photos of a log home can be helpful, it can also be distracting because everyone has different tastes. The interior character of any home is influenced strongly by the choice of colors, flooring, furnishings, decor, cabinetry etc. What is appealing to one person might be unpleasant to another. Whenever you see finished photos of a log home interior, try to picture it finished in your personal style.

Aren’t log homes dark inside with all that wood?

Not anymore! Pioneer log cabins often had very small windows (glass had to be transported many miles in wagons or on pack animals) and large windows were not always desirable when the single pane glass could result in heat loss.

Today there are many  energy efficient windows to choose from and people value the practical advantages and mood-lifting benefits of natural light. Many of our clients build log homes on land with amazing views, and design their homes and window placement to showcase the scenery with high ceilings and soaring windows. Open concept log home floor plans keep interiors bright while dormer windows add space and light to loft areas. Some people crave the warm look of log interior partitions while others choose to add more frame walls, giving them additional flat surfaces for art, mirrors and painted accent walls. Gone are the days of avocado or harvest gold appliances, dark shag carpet and black velvet wall art…all popular during the 1970s when log homes made their first come-back. Your modern log home or cabin will reflect your taste in flooring and cabinetry and there have never been more options available!  The choice of light fixtures and furniture will be up to you…your log home can be as bright as you like or as cozy as you want it to be!

How long does it take to complete the log work before you ship it?

Here at our site it takes an average of six-eight weeks for the construction of a 1200-1500 square foot log package although it will vary based on the complexity of the design. A small cabin will take less time, and a very large estate home or lodge would certainly take longer.

So you build it then take it apart…bring it to my property and build it AGAIN?

Yes! Careful numbering of every log by our experienced builders ensures that this process goes quickly and smoothly.

I can actually watch my house take shape, log by log?

Absolutely! This is a tremendously exciting time for many home owners. It typically takes four-five days for the reassembly of a 1200-1500 square foot log package.

During reassembly, who is involved?

After your home leaves our yard two or more log builders travel to your home site and set each log in place with a crane as it is unloaded from the truck. They are usually assisted by labourers from your area that your general contractor supplies. We are proud of our friendly and professional employees and we regularly get calls from customers who tell us how much they enjoyed meeting and working with them.

Are log houses drafty?

Not when constructed properly! Correctly fit together with insulation and gasketing between the logs, your home will be warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Do you recommend chinking?

In extremely cold climates, chinking can be used as another physical barrier, although a client will often choose to chink simply because they like how it looks. Advanced chinking techniques are far superior to previous methods and new synthetic products expand and contract with the changing temperature. The many color options available allow you to create the finished look you desire; a color matching the log finish will make the chinking blend in so it virtually disappears, while a contrasting color adds a different character altogether.

What kind of logs do you use?

We prefer to use Douglas Fir and Western Red cedar because their physical characteristics make both ideal for log construction. The choice of species is usually up to the client, although each has unique advantages: Douglas Fir, for instance, offers superior roof strength under heavy snow load and Western Red Cedar is an international requirement in Europe or Australia.  We have used many types of wood over the 35 years that we have been building log homes and we have found that Spruce has a tendency to spiral grain which causes the log to twist and Lodgepole Pine is prone to “pocket rot”. We are happy to discuss the pros and cons if you have any questions.

What kind of finish do you use on the logs? Do you do this or will I take care of it later?

We do offer the service of applying a finish here during the initial construction stage if you choose. Alternatively, you can decide to finish it later when it is reassembled. Finishing the logs earlier does help protect them from the elements during fabrication and transportation. There is a huge selection of shades and colors available in wood finishes today: more than ever before! We can send you samples to help you find the look you want. We currently use a product called “Sansin” that consistently provides superior results, but we are always keeping an eye out for the latest in high quality finishes.

How does a log home stand up to extreme weather?

A home we built in Kiln, Mississippi sheltered many people during hurricane Katrina when many neighbouring conventional homes were completely destroyed.

How long does a log home last?

A log home can be passed down through generations and will easily last several hundred years with proper maintenance and care.

I have wanted a log home for years, but I’ve been putting it off because of an uncertain economy. How do I know when it’s the right time to move forward?

This depends on a variety of personal factors of course, but many of our clients are taking advantage of lower real estate prices across much of North America and have found this to be the perfect time to buy land. We often build in rural areas where people feel more relaxed as they explore ways to simplify or live in more environmentally sustainable ways. Gardening and farming are often part of this lifestyle. The desire to spend more time outdoors with children and grandchildren often provides the motivation to return to a more traditional, family centred way of life and we love to hear that the home we build brings a family together. In a similar way, a log home near a lake or a ski hill has helped many clients find an escape from the pressures of work for their friends and family. If you think that it might be the right time for you to build your log home, we can help you work within your budget.