You’ve always dreamed of having a cozy vacation cabin in the woods or on the lake, or perhaps would even like your primary home to be a rustic and sturdy log home. But you don’t really know how to make your dreams a reality. There are so many builders that are ready to help build your dream home, but most fall into one of two categories. Log homes can either be built from kits or stick built.
Stick Built Log Homes
Stick built log homes are basically your traditional log homes that have been built for generations. These are likely built from timber that is felled on site or nearby, and is built log by log from the ground up. Of course, stick built log homes have come a long way since the days of the settlers. You’ll have all the amenities of a regular home, including polished hardwood floors, electricity, plumbing and modern heat. A stick built log home that has been constructed well will be sturdy. It will stand the elements and the test of time. However, you have to know what you’re doing to build a stick built log home. The logs have to be fit together just right so that your house isn’t drafty and cold. You have to know how to construct the home to keep out pests and moisture. A stick built log home can also have a longer construction time frame than a kit.
Log Home Kits
Remember those Lego kits that you played with as a kid (or maybe still do)? Everything came nicely packaged in a box, including step by step instructions. That’s essentially log home kits, but on a larger scale. Log home kits are assembled by professional manufacturers and shipped to the building site ready to assemble. The manufacturer is able to build the kit up to latest code and state of the art energy efficiency. Because everything is ready to go upon arrival at the building site, the construction time is much shorter than traditional log homes. Because of the building efficiency log home kits provide, they are generally much cheaper than building a traditional log home. Best of all, you still get a great looking rustic and cozy log home that is built to stand the test of time.
Which One is Best?
There is no one “best” option. Rather, you need to assess your personal situation, and decide what is best for you. If you are experienced in construction or know someone who is, building a traditional stick built log home can be a fun project. You’ll come away knowing that you’re living in a home that has been built in the same style that generations have used. Better yet, if you do it yourself, it can be a fun project with a souvenir that you get to live in. However, if you want a “lock and key” option, log home kits can be a great way to build a professionally designed log home that won’t come with any surprises, and potentially at a much lower cost.