Log Home Pricing

Sue | October 31st, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Log Home Pricing ~ Log Shells Only

Log shell pricing based on 6×8 D-log, 8×8 D-log, and 8″ Diameter Swedish Cope. Other log sizes and profiles available upon request.
Shipping up to 1,000 miles from Belgrade, MT included in Price. Delivery beyond 1,000 miles available upon request. Please call for quote.  Other dry-in materials also available. Please visit floor plan pages to right for more information on individual plans.

*Pricing subject to change without notice. Log shell pricing below is dependent on the wind and snow load for the specific location of new home construction site and may be adjusted accordingly. Please call or email with job site city and state to confirm pricing.

Swedish Cope Log Package and Material Package:

Log Species: Pine and Western Red Cedar ~ other wood species available upon request

Log Sizes: 8, 9, 10, or 12

Log Stack: Swedish Cope with Full Saddle Notched Corners

Log Shell Precutting: Log shell comes precut with exterior door and window openings cut and corners premade

Four exterior log walls
Log roof system
Log support posts
Log floor joists (if plan includes loft)
Log header beam and support posts for covered porches (as per plan)
Log staircase
Log railing
Log wall assembly materials
Construction drawings
Solid log gables
Solid log dormers OR log siding for exterior of dormers
Interior log walls
Log accents
Prow fronts
Upper balconies


Typically 8 inch milled log shells range between about $24 to $28 per square foot if the design is over 900 square feet. Plans under about 900 square feet tend to be higher per square foot. Log sizes including 9, 10, and 12 are more expensive. Please select a floor plan and submit it for quoting along with desired log size. If a specific log corner style is desired or something unique please also note that as well.


Exterior doors
First floor subfloor
Upper subfloor
Interior framing lumber
1×6 pine tongue and groove for ceilings


Dryin materials usually range between about $18 to $25 per square foot for homes over 900 square feet. This price varies depending on exact package inclusions desired. The factor that makes this cost vary the most is the owner’s choice of exterior doors, windows, roofing, and foundation. Window and exterior door choices most common include: Jeld-wen, Anderson, Mill Gard, and Pella. Custom wood doors are available upon request (please see the Doors page of our website). Final roofing can be either purchased locally or be included in the package. Shingles or metal roofing can be chosen from. If a cement slab is being used for the foundation then the first floor subfloor is not needed.

For the maximum flexibility for our customers the homeowner can choose either just the log shell package, a partial dryin package, or a more complete dryin package. The $18 to $25 per square foot average listed above is based on all the materials being included as listed above.


Log siding
Cedar siding
Cedar shakes
Tongue and groove siding
Other wood siding
Support posts extending down to walk out basement level
Exterior log railing
Exterior log staircase~Please inquire for quote on these items


Based on turnkey contracts here in Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, etc we are seeing about $165 per square foot for a turnkey on log home over 900 square feet in the 8 inch milled log home on a full unfinished basement. So to give a rough estimate of a full turnkey take the total square footage of the floor plan times (x) $165 per square foot.

Smaller cabins do tend to be higher per square foot, as there is less square footage over which to spread the cost.

Any foundation can be used, but the pricing above is based on a full unfinished basement.

This is just a rough ballpark estimate based on our experience. The unforeseeable costs are usually involved with the excavation and foundation work. Those are very job site specific. Also remote job site access can significantly increase the construction costs.

Delivery of the log shell and material package is not included in the package prices unless specifically listed on bid sheet.

Engineering of drawings is not included. It is quoted separately and usually only included if required by the locality, state, or country where the home is being built or specifically requested by the owners.

Things not typically included in a turnkey estimate are cost of the property, well, septic, connecting to public utilities, bringing utilities to the job site, driveway, landscaping, delivery of the log package, etc. These are very job site specific and hard to estimate without seeing the property.

*Please allow approximately 10 to 12 weeks from initial deposit until delivery of your Swedish Cope log home package.

Cowboy Log Homes

Cost of Luxury Log Cabins

Cost of Luxury Log Cabins

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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