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Welcome to PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Home’s FAQ Blog

If you are thinking about building a log home or timber home you may have many questions about where to begin, what PrecisionCraft offers and how to take the next steps towards breaking ground.  We’ve gathered the questions you’ve asked over the years and have created a Frequently Asked Questions blog to help you find the information you’re looking for. If you are unable to find an answer, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Answers:

Do you sell your timber & log home plans separately?

No, we do not sell our plans. The complexity of our designs require detailed, engineered construction drawings that are not available without going through the design process. These final plans are designed specifically to work with our patented log and timber construction techniques and Insulspan SIP’s. Please keep in mind that our plans are intellectual property protected by copyright and can not be reproduced or used without our consent.

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I saw your ad in a magazine, where can I find the floor plan for the home shown?

In many cases the homes shown in our advertisements are custom and therefore do not have a corresponding layout to view in our floor plan gallery. However, in most cases there are other places within the site to find the layout. Links to these locations are provided on a page which shows our most recent ads.

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How much will my timber or log home cost to build?

Getting a home you’ll love and knowing that its estimated cost is what you are willing and able to pay is the first critical step of any home project. This is why we begin every project with a Feasibility Study. We design your home to match your build site, lifestyle, architectural taste, and budget. With conceptual design drawings and a good understanding of what it will cost to build your entire home, you have the information you need to decide when you should move forward with building your dream home.

During the design of your home, M.T.N Design will contemplate all the major pricing factors (size, complexity, level of home finishes, product choice, build site location, etc.) ensuring that your home design is in sync with your turnkey budget. In addition, your designer will help you understand how each of these factors affects the overall cost of your log or timber frame home.

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Where does PrecisionCraft build log homes & timber frame homes?

PrecisionCraft designs and builds custom log homes and timber frame structures in every state in the U.S. and throughout the world. Whether you are building in the United States, Canada or Internationally, we have a Total Home Solution® in place to help make your dream home a reality. View our Build Locations and a map of our homes.

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Do you have a log home or timber frame home in my area I can visit?

We do not have model homes. However, for prospects who are ready to start the design process with PrecisionCraft we can usually arrange a tour through one of our clients’ existing homes. We are very grateful to these past clients for letting us into their homes and as such, we don’t invite people on tours until we are sure that PrecisionCraft is a good fit with their needs.

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How do I customize one of your log home plans to match my home vision and budget?

Below are some ways in which you can customize one our log or timber home plans:

Whether you are working with one of our plans or starting your from scratch, every client works closely with M.T.N Design, PrecisionCraft’s architectural design division to customize their home. Learn more about the log home design process.

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Do you finance, is financing hard to get for a log home?

PrecisionCraft does not finance log or timber homes. However, we have strong relationships with top notch financial institutions. It is important to recognize that getting financed for a log home is different than getting financed for a conventionally framed home. Check here to read more about some things to consider when looking for log home financing.

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Which log and timber organizations are you affiliated with?

PrecisionCraft is a member of the Log Homes Council, which is part of the NAHB. The LHC maintains our industry’s log grading program, which certifies our employees in the plant.

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Are log homes energy efficient?

Not all log homes are created or built equally. However, with the right manufacturing and construction practices, log homes are very energy efficient! The thermal mass of logs alone retain heat and radiate it back into the home, controlling and reducing cooling and heating energy demand. Read this white paper by the Log Homes Council for more information.

In addition, PrecisionCraft uses SIP roof systems and ICF foundations to improve the overall efficiency of our homes. Learn more about our building system.

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How do I get a log home or timber frame home that is built according to the green building standards in my area…or achieve LEED certification?

PrecisionCraft has been involved in the LEED for Homes program since it was in the pilot phase and have had one home certified Gold and another Platinum. With extensive training in sustainable and energy efficient design, M.T.N Design works one-on-one with clients to meet their green building goals. Learn more about designing sustainable log homes.

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How long does it take to design and build a log home or timber frame home?

The amount of time that it takes to bring your project from concept to completion can vary greatly depending upon the size of the home you are building, but generally speaking you should plan on a minimum of three months for the conceptual design / feasibility study, another three months for pre-construction planning (design refinement, preparation of final construction documents, and Builder Bid Administration), and a minimum of six months for construction.

 

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What is the upkeep or maintenance on a log or timber frame home?

Like any house, log homes come with their share of maintenance.  Experts in the industry recommend that you do a visual check of the home on a yearly basis.  After the initial finish has been applied you can expect to clean and recoat it about every 3-5 years depending on the home’s location.  You can minimize the upkeep through great design, product, and proper prep work to the logs prior to staining. Using a professional log home stain can also extend the lifespan of your finish and thus protect your home better. Learn more about protecting log homes here.

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