Log Homes and Construction Schedules

Sue | May 7th, 2014 - 9:03 am

The most satisfying log home builds, for the owners, builder, log home company, and lender (if one is involved) are those which have a very complete level of planning before the build ever starts. To help get every one on the same page and to keep things progressing smoothly, it is a wise idea to design a construction schedule for your specific log home. This timeline does stay somewhat flexible while also keeping the project moving.

Construction Schedule for Log Homes

A construction schedule is usually coordinated first with us- the log home company, and the owners. The two important questions to ask yourself is when do you want to start and you would like to move into the new log cabin home. Once these questions are answered then the rest of the timeline can be assimilated.

Here we have put together a sample construction schedule. While very simplistic it can be added to and expanded to include more detail that is pertinent to your project. Click Here to Download Sample Construction Schedule Cowboy Log Homes

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Cowboy Log Homes Sample Construction Schedule

Log homes of 1500 square feet to about 2500 square feet take an average of 9 to 12 months to build. A smaller cabin of 500 to 1000 square feet can take anywhere from 4 to 9 months for a full turnkey. So the size of the home does affect the total required building time.

Log Home Shell Time Frame

The next time frame to consider is how long it will take to craft the log home shell. We usually need about 8 to 10 weeks from the time you make the initial deposit with us for your milled log home shell until the log shell is ready to deliver to the job site. Handcrafted log shells require more crafting time in the yard so we usually estimate 12 to 16 weeks from initial deposit until the logs are ready to deliver. The dryin materials can also be ordered and scheduled for delivery at this time.

A log home can be built any time but it is important to get the excavation and foundation work installed before the ground freezes in the fall. With this being May there is still time to build a log home this year and finish it in the fall or winter, depending on the size of the home.

Log Home Builders

Once the general time frame is established then the next step is to get the builder involved. Ask him how much time is needed for the foundation, log stack, dryin, and then the completion of the home. It is very important to get a log home under roof as soon as possible. If you are building your log home yourself you might consider having a log home builder come and do the dryin of the log home and then turn it over to you. The interior work can be done at whatever rate you would like, but it is important to get the home under roof.

Time is an integral part of planning. Sometimes we don’t realize just how long each stage will take. So take the time to step back and evaluate the log home construction time needed for your specific home. By taking the time to sit down and make a time line and construction schedule you will start to grasp if you need to get moving on your project or if you have plenty of time. Usually once you get started on your log home plans you don’t want to stop! It is an exciting time and rewarding time, so don’t let time creep away from you.

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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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