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What stage should I be at?

The average time needed to finish a custom log or timber home project is anywhere from 6 months to 5 years. We have put together a framework to help you know what you should be concentrating on as you progress toward your goal.

If you plan to break ground in 5+ years

Giving yourself five or more years to complete your log home or timber home allows you time to not only find a suitable plot of land for the home but it also gives you time to research. Looking through photos and floor plans can help you determine what fits your style and what doesn’t. Looking into companies to see what services they offer and if they will provide the services you want is a good way to narrow down what companies to investigate further.

While it is always tempting, don’t get caught up in the details or exact costs of your project at this time. Simply asking yourself questions like; what kind of home do I want, where do I want it and how does the log home building process work, will ultimately help you to narrow down just what style of home and services you want for your project.

If you plan to break ground in 3-5 years

Several factors regarding your home can attribute to the estimated time span for your log home’s construction. Knowing the complexity of your project will help to determine when the appropriate time to enter the design process is. For instance, choosing to build a handcrafted log home typically takes longer than a timber frame home. Choosing whether to use a stock plan or to create a custom plan is another way to determine the duration of your project.

The climate of the location in which you choose to build is also something to consider. While log homes can be built in most weather conditions, the impact of snowy weather can add not only time but money to the building process. During this time, you’ve fleshed out the details of your future home and you will want to start calling companies to learn more about their processes and how they fit with your needs.

If you plan to break ground in less than 2 years

Your land has been or should be purchased at this point and you should have a clear idea of the complexity of the log home you wish to build. Gaining an understanding of your financial situation and budget is also crucial at this stage.

By beginning to speak to lenders you will come into your project with an accurate budget prior to the design process. This will help your architectural team to accurately design within your real budget’s parameters. When you fully understand your needs, wants and budget for your future log home, then you can pick a company to work with who can fulfill those needs and move forward.

Whether you plan to build in the distant future or next year, doing your research, understanding your needs and discovering what is possible for your budget and location will help you to not only plan more efficiently but to have a smoother experience from the design of your house until it’s finished.