You have dreamed of your new log and timber home for years, and finally found your land. So how long will you have to wait to spend that first night in your new home?
The answer to that question is not a simple one when you are talking about custom mountain-style 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 are project aspects that will impact your home’s completion timeline.
Custom Design or Standard Plan
Maybe the best way to talk about the real differences in design services is to compare them to clothes. If you buy a suit at the mall and take it home, this is like choosing a standard log home plan and moving on to construction. However, if you purchase the suit and ask the tailor to hem the pants, then this is like choosing a standard plan with slight modifications. It will take longer because the tailor, or home designer, will make a modification.
Now, if you take it a step further and go directly to the tailor and show him a suit or two that you like, then ask him to create a custom suit just for you, the timeframe is even longer. This is what it is like to work with a designer on your custom home. It can take approximately 8-12 weeks from your initial design meeting until your design is complete. It can take longer if you have additional modifications.
Many important parts of your project get done during preconstruction, mostly behind the scenes. Preconstruction involves the creation of construction drawings, obtaining building permits, and developing log and timber production drawings that are used by the mill to cut each piece of your home. This part of the process can take approximately 8-16 weeks.
There are some timber and log home providers who create standard designs and then pre-cut many of the pieces in anticipation of an order reducing the time needed for material delivery. However, a custom home the log and timber cannot be cut until the design drawings are engineered and approved. Once the drawings are approved and stamped by an engineer, the process runs quickly. The only delay might be from other orders already in the manufacturing process. On average, manufacturing can take approximately 2-6 weeks.
Log and Timber Installation
Professional crews can stack and install your log and timber home in approximately 1-3 weeks’ time (longer for handcrafted log homes).
Dry-in and Finishing Touches
This is the biggest variable in determining how long it takes to finish your custom home. It will have already taken about 6 months to get to this point. Depending on your level of finishes (carpet vs. handlaid tile and wood planks), the size of your home, and your builder’s availability, it can take 6 months more.
Given This Timeline, When Should I Start?
Understanding the factors that affect the timeline of your new home is important. Please plan at least one year for the design and construction of your custom mountain-style home.