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How Long ‘Til My Log Home Is Built?

Soon there will come a day when you decide that you are finally ready to kick-start your dream of building a custom mountain home.  Now that you are ready, how long will it actually take before you are able to move in?

Handcrafted Log Home in ConstructionThe answer to that question is not a simple one when you are talking about custom mountain homes.   There are differences in how log and timber homes are designed, produced and built.  Not to mention the difference between homes of different sizes and complexity.  Below we describe the aspects of your project which will impact completion dates.

Custom Design or Standard Plan

Choosing a standard plan (with no structural changes to the log and timber materials) requires less design time.  At PrecisionCraft, we don’t offer “ready-to-build” standard plans, so the design process takes anywhere from 2-6 months.  This depends on how complex the design is and how many changes are made over time.

Preconstruction Process

Preconstruction involves the creation of construction drawing, obtaining building permits and developing production drawings that will be used by the mill to cut each piece of your home.  This can be a difficult time since all you get to do is wait.  There are many important parts of your project that get done during this time, but you have to wait from 8-16 weeks until it is ready.

Manufacturing

There are some timber and log home providers who will create standard designs and then pre-cut many of the pieces in anticipation of an order.  These companies are able to create quick turn around times for delivery of your materials.   However, for a PrecisionCraft custom home the log and timber can’t be cut until the design is engineered.  Once the drawings are stamped, the process runs quickly.  Keep in mind that any changes you make later in the process will affect the timeline.  On average it takes 2-6 weeks.

Log and Timber Installation

It will take a builder who is unfamiliar with mountain wood homes longer to stack a house than someone who has done it before.  They are also more likely to make mistakes.  This is why PrecisionCraft sends our own professional crews to stack and install our product in 1-3 weeks time (longer for handcrafted log homes).

Dry-in and Finishing Touches

This is the biggest variable determining how long it takes to finish your home.  It will have already taken about 6 months to get to this point. Depending on your level of finishes (carpet vs. hand-laid tile and wood planks) the size of your home and your builders availability, it could take 6 months more.

Timber Frame Home in ConstructionSo When Should I Start?

When we tell people that it could take at least a year to finish their custom home, it can be hard for them to understand at first.  The time-frame to build a home, even in perfect conditions, can be disappointing.  This is why we want you to know now that starting the design process early can help you meet goals that initially seem far off, but are actually in line with an accurate timeline.  Understanding the factors that will affect the timeline of your project is  important for everyone.

2 Comments

  1. Todd Pettit says:

    I completely agree. I would advise anyone thinking of building a log or timber home to talk to several people before embarking on the process. I promise once the house is done you will be glad you chose that path but the trek takes much longer than your standard stick built home.

  2. Small Log Homes says:

    Great article on an important question! People definitely need to better understand the workmanship and commitment it takes into building one of these beautiful homes!