Cost is a question that many people ask. It is disheartening and foolish of companies to tell you, “If you have to ask our prices then you can afford it!” Boy, that’s a moral booster when you are trying to figure out what you CAN build with your budget! Over the years we have found that everyone has budget. It’s just that some owners who want a small cabin kit for sale may have a smaller budget then those seeking luxury log homes, but the desire for quality is just as important for each!
Log homes vary in price, that is true, but for a discerning buyer a quality cabin can still be built. One of our best options for customers is to sell them just the log shell. This is something that cannot be purchased locally (as interior framing lumber and flooring can be) and requires expertise. Our logs are a premium grade quality, not cabin grade. Sometimes a mill will take just about any log and process it. If too small of a log is used then the log is milled from the sapwood instead of the heartwood then the log can twist or bow. To get a good straight log it is important to use a larger log and mill it down. Then the more stable heartwood is the final product to be used in your home.
Now for How Much Our Log Cabin Kits For Sale Costs~A log cabin kit for sale can cost as little as $24 per square foot or as much as $30 or more per square foot depending on the log size you order and the size of the log home. A very small cabin, like the Chuck Wagon, can get expensive per square foot. It is just so tiny but it still requires the same number of log corners, log roof system, and log gables. With less square footage to the total cabin there is less room over which to spread the cost. To maximize the cost per square foot, the log cabin kit needs to be over about 900 square feet. The above A frame log cabin is about 800 square feet on the first floor and 400 square feet in the half loft. When a loft is included the price per square foot improves as part of the square footage is on the second level of the home. Ranch log cabin plans tend to be a bit more per square foot as all of the square footage is on the first level. And finally there are many times that companies spread the square footage over a finished basement. There might be a 2,500 square foot log home plan. But as you look at the break down of square footage per floor you soon discover that the first floor is 1,000 square feet, the loft is 500 square feet, and the finished basement is 1,000 square feet. This isn’t very helpful if you don’t want to climb stairs or cannot build a full basement on your property.So what is the best avenue when evaluating costs? The best avenue is to choose the general layout that you like. If you want a ranch then start with a ranch plan. It really is not a savings if you end up building a log cabin that does not meet your personal needs. Cost is important, but fitting the home to you is even more important. Cowboy Log Homes