Gallatin Gateway Montana Handcrafted Log Home

Sue | May 26th, 2012 - 12:45 pm

It is always a joy to get to see homeowners build their new home. It is often a fulfillment of a life long of dreams and ideas. I thought it would be helpful to trace the progress of this project with a timeline– and also a personal touch. A handcrafted log home of about 2000 square feet usually requires about 9- 12 months from start to finish.

Handcrafted Log Home Bear Creek Plan

Handcrafted Log Home Bear Creek Plan

While the planning for a log home actually happens each and every time you see a log home that you take note of, read an informative article about log home construction, or browse through the aisles of a home improvement store mentally choosing things that you would like in your home; there is a point in time when an actual start and complete date begins to form in your mind.

Many log home customers actually purchase their land first. Then they begin planning for the home.

For this Bozeman Montana log home the lot was purchased in 2011. Then in the fall the owners began interviewing log home companies. That is when we met them. Their log home will be located in Gallatin Gateway, Montana about 8 miles from Bozeman, Montana. Our owners have never gotten to build a new home before, so this is especially exciting for them.

There was a floor plan on our website that really interested them. From there we revised it and began customizing it. Once a workable floor plan was established, then we provided a price quote estimate on the log and material package.

By November they had decided to build in the spring of 2012. A bank loan was secured based on the cost projections we provided. After a few months the bank closed on the construction loan (banks vary in the time needed for closing on a loan).

In January and February we worked with the our log home designer and the owners to being the drawing process. During these five to six weeks we did all of the preliminary drawings, made modifications, finalized the drawings, and completed the full construction drawings.

Once the drawings were finished then the logs were purchased for the project. Due to weather delays we began digging on the project the first week of April 2012. The log shell was also begun at this time.

Through April and May the log home job site was prepared. The utilities were installed, the foundation was built, and extra dirt hauled away.

In the beginning of June the subfloor will be installed. In the log home yard the log shell is being built. It will be completed by the third week of June. Then on June 21st and June 22nd it will be loaded and shipped the job site.

The logs will require about a three day stack with a crane. By the end of July the log home will be dried in.

Then the finish work will continue until December 2012. Once the dryin is completed the logs will be stained inside and out. Then the interior framing will be done.  After this then the subcontractors will come to the log home and install the rough in for the plumbing, heating and air conditioning, and the electric.

Once that is completed then the flooring, cabinets, and other finish materials will be installed and completed. So be sure to check on our Projects Page as each of these stages progress with this lovely handcrafted log home here in the Gallatin Valley.

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Any projected costs, cost estimates, material costs, and estimated construction/ building costs, are only the opinion of Cowboy Log Homes and are drawn from our experience. Every home is custom tailored to meet our individual client's wants and desires. The construction of a log or timber home is based on two primary costs: material provided by the log home company and construction costs contracted with Cowboy Log Homes as the builder or another builder of the customer's choice. Final costs are obtained and contracted with each respectively. Cowboy Log Homes is simply the "glue" that helps bring these two together to provide a final culmination of a customer's project. * Please note photos and elevations may differ some from accompanying floor plans.
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