Here in Montana log cabin kits are very popular. In some areas, such as in the Bridger Mountains around Bozeman, and in the Madison Valley surrounding Ennis a very high percentage of houses are log homes. About five years ago an appraiser told me that 30% of homes in the Madison Valley were log homes. This figure did not even count the timber and wood sided homes. That is a lot of homes!
Log cabins come in packages or kits because logs are not available at retail building stores. The Lowe’s and Home Depots of the world carry many items, but logs are a specialty product. A log kit can include either just the logs or an entire dry in package. No matter which of our five styles of log and timber homes you choose, all of the logs come fully precut and prenumbered. This feature saves substantial amounts of time, labor, machine rental, and headaches on the job site.
A log only package includes all wall logs and the log or timber roof system. If there is a second level or open loft then the log package also includes log floor joists, log support posts, the log staircase and railing to go from the first floor to the loft. Also included in a log package is header beams and support posts for any covered porches, the log wall assembly hardware, and final construction drawings.
A full dry-in package is very common in the log home industry and includes all material necessary to keep the weather out of the cabin. It comes with all the materials to keep the weather out of the home.
A full dryin cabin kit includes: first floor subfloor, all log work as detailed above, exterior doors, windows, roofing (less shingles or metal), upper subfloor, soffit, fascia, interior framing lumber, exterior door and window trim, and 1×6 pine tongue and groove for soffits and ceilings.
In addition to offering both the log shells and a full dryin package, we also offer our customers custom packages. In a custom package the homeowner can choose as little or as much material as they would like to have included. Some people prefer to purchase their doors locally, others request that we include the metal roofing. So there are lots of options. (**Package inclusions may vary kit to kit.)
In Montana we have found dry-in log cabin kits to be very helpful. Having access to all of the material reduces trips to the lumber yard and guarantees that all of the material will complement the home. Montana is a vast state, so when the major towns are several hours away from the job site a local lumber store’s prices are almost always more expensive. Log cabin kits in Montana save the homeowners time and money.