Material We Include For Our Tiny Log Cabin Kits

Sue | January 16th, 2012 - 3:38 pm

When shopping for tiny log cabin kits and hunting cabins it is very important to know what is included in the package. No two companies include the same materials, and the materials that are included are not always of the same quality. So instead of looking at the cheapest sticker price, be more astute and investigate the quality of what you are purchasing.

If you purchase a log only shell then your log cabin kit is going to include the logs for the exterior walls, log roof system, any log support posts, and purloins, construction drawings, log assembly chart, and log wall assembly hardware. If the small log cabin plan has a half loft, then we traditionally also include the interior log or timber staircase for the first floor to the upper level.

el paso log home

Log Cabin Shell Cost:

On average our log home shells for log cabins 900 square feet and larger range between about $25 to $30 per square foot for the 8 inch milled logs.  For small cabin under 900 square feet the price per square foot does increase some. The log shell price is dependent on complexity of plan, overall square footage, and other design factors.

For a handcrafted log cabin home shell the logs range are a 13 inch mean diameter size with lengths up to 50 feet. All of the logs are fully precut with the Scandinavian Full Scribe method. These log shells range between about $45 and $60 per square foot. The price, once again, is dependent on complexity of roof lines, total square footage, and design features.

Full Dry-in Log Cabin Package:

A full dry in package includes the log materials plus some other items. Typically a Cowboy Log Homes dry in package includes all of the material needed to keep the weather out of the home plus a few other things. These materials include all of the log materials which are detailed in your log shell quote plus: exterior doors, windows, roofing, soffit, fasica, exterior door and window trim, interior framing lumber, first floor subfloor, upper subfloor, and 1×6 pine tongue and groove for soffits and ceilings.

Note: With roofing we are finding it cheaper to purchase the metal or shingles locally. Plus if you are one piece short or a piece is damaged in transit it is much easier to match the dye lot and color locally. So we encourage our customers to purchase it locally.

What Isn’t Included??

Things that are not included in our package that are needed to finish a cabin in are things such as: HVAC, plumbing, electric, interior wall finish material, finish flooring, stain, paint, cabinets, interior doors, closet material, bathroom fixtures, lighting fixtures, counter tops, interior trim, fireplace, wood burner, appliances, garage doors, garage door openers, etc.

And for those who plan to build their cabin themselves, that is what our log cabin kits are geared for. With the fully precut option it is not hard for people with some construction experience to do just fine with our cabins.

So when you are choosing your tiny log cabin kit be sure to compare apples to apples.

Building Log Dreams,
Mike and Sue Lemmon
Cowboy Log Homes

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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