No matter how you say it- log homes in Montana, Montana log homes, or any other combination- Montana is a state where log homes are widely built. Our plan, the Montana Log Home Floor Plan, was built in Ennis, Montana. If I had to choose a location from anywhere in Montana, this town would be right at the top of the list along with Belgrade and the Billings area. Ennis is a unique place and highly sought after by out of state homeowners. Things which make it a choice destination and home location are many, but among the top would be the presence of the Madison River, Yellowstone National Park only about 70 miles away, the ski lifts in Big Sky are about an hours drive, Ennis is located just an hour south of the large town– small city– of Bozeman, and the Bozeman International Airport is also in close proximity, and the Madison Mountain Range lies off to the east of the Valley and The Tobacco Root Mountains are situated to the east. Oh, and one more factor is that the Ennis area does get snow, but not as much as West Yellowstone, so less snow is also appealing.
After we built the home that is pictured on this page we decided to name it after the state. This particular plan embodies the essence of what a Montana log cabin kit should have. It was built on the bench overlooking Madison Range. In some of the photos in our photo gallery you can see the snow peaked mountains even reflected in the windows of the great room. It is arranged with all of the living space on the first floor and a large open loft. One unique item with this home is that the master suite has the same high cathedral ceiling over it that the great room has. When we built this home we did the inside entirely in Western Red Cedar. There wasn’t any drywall in the home. That was just how we chose to build it.
The Montana is shown in the Milled Log Homes Style. The walls are a 8×8 double D (round on the inside and the outside) log. The corners are full saddle notch. Between the logs is a double tongue and groove stack. Then we used handcrafted log roof system. The handcrafted logs are all hand peeled so they have a draw knife pattern. All of the logs are fully pre cut and pre numbered and ready for assembly.
Our log home packages are a full dry in package. For a milled log home like this we include things such as exterior doors, windows, sky lights, log or timber roof system, roofing material, metal or shingles, porches, decks, and first floor sub floor. Inside the home we also include all of the interior framing lumber, log staircase first floor to upper, railing for stairs and loft, second floor finished flooring of 2×6 pine or Douglas Fir tongue and groove, and 1×6 pine tongue and groove for the ceilings and soffits. For some of our plans we also include a solid log interior wall for added structural support.
Typically our milled log home packages range between $55-70 per square foot for the full dry in package.
This home, and any of our other floor plans, can be built in any of the five styles of homes that we offer. For a handcrafted log home the logs range between 12 and 15 inches in diameter. They are hand peeled. We use a through bolt system from the top of the wall to the bottom. The logs are cut in a Scandinavian Full Scribe method. The corners are finished in either a diamond saddle notch or a full diamond cut pattern. All of the electric box holes and wire holes are all predrilled and pre cut for wires and box holes in both style of log homes.
Typically our handcrafted log home packages range between $70-$90 per square foot for the full dry in package, with the same package inclusions as above, except for handcrafted log homes we do not include the first floor subfloor as it should already be in place when the logs arrive on the job site. Then the logs are stacked directly off of the trucks and onto the subfloor by the crane.
We also have a 12″ Swedish Cope log home style. All of the logs are crafted in the same way that our handcrafted log homes are. The only difference being that the logs are first placed in a lathe and turned to get the consistent diameter of 12″ throughout the entire log length. All of the logs are then removed from the lathe and then hand peeled. The hand peeling removes the circular marks from around the logs and also leaves the attractive hand peeled draw knife look on the logs.
The 12″ Swedish Cope dry in packages range between $70-90 per square foot with the same package inclusions as the handcrafted log home packages.
If you are planning to build a log home in Montana a plan like this might be a good one to consider. Any of our floor plans can be customized in any way someone would like. Also price quote estimates can be provided on any of our standard floor plans or on a custom design.
So if wide wandering rivers, high mountain peaks, and a slower pace of life is appealing to you, then this might be just the place for you. This state is so full of natural beauty and Montana log homes just fit right into the backdrop. Feel free to choose a floor plan, mark it up in any way you’d like, and then sent it over to us. We are currently offering winter scheduling discounts on all of our homes that will be built in 2011. Be sure to check out the the various sized floor plans. Stock plans are available from 350 square feet to our luxury line of 2600+. Luxury log cabins can also be built from any of our plans.
Building Log Dreams,
Mike and Sue Lemmon
Cowboy Log Homes