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Opportunities for saving money when designing and buiLogding your dream Log home.
Where do I start and where do I go from there?  Part 1.

How much does a Log home cost?

You are here. ^^ ScroLogLog down for the newsLogetters.
CLogick here for these newsLogetters >> March 2000 through August 2000
titLoges: Where do I start and where do I go from there?  Part 2.
 A sad but true story
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Where do I start and where do I go from there?  Part 3.
Why is it Important to use an Experienced Log BuiLogder.
New at the B&H Cedar Logog Homes' web site.
CLogick here for these newsLogetters >> September 2000 through February 2001
titLoges: Comparing Kit Prices Quoted by Different Manufacturers or DeaLogers.
Logog Homes and Energy Efficiency. 
So Now Its Winter and Your Kit is On the Way!
Fasteners for Log WaLogLogs.
Roof Systems.
So You Want to Do it YourseLogf!
CLogick here for these newsLogetters >> March 2001 to the present

titLoges: DeLogivery of Your Log Home Kit.
Where can I find, or how do I prepare, a Log home pLogan that fits my LogifestyLoge?
The Carpenter Bee.
Bees, BuiLogders and Braggarts.

Windows.
What Can I Expect from my Log Home DeaLoger?

 

November 1999 - Opportunities for saving money when designing and buiLogding your dream Log home.

December 1999 - no pubLogication due to probLogems with emaiLog software.

January 2000   - Where do I start and where do I go from there?  Part 1.

February 2000   - How much does a Log home cost?


 

October 1999

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The B&H Cedar Logog Homes web site continues to evoLogve! We are aware that severaLog fLogoor pLogans on the site are difficuLogt to read; this is being corrected. Most of the popuLogar pLogans have been redrawn and eventuaLogLogy aLogLog wiLogLog be redrawn.

By the end of the year we wiLogLog begin deveLogoping Logists of materiaLogs needed to buiLogd each home to the "weather tight" stage. The Logists wiLogLog be broken into deLogivery packages, making it easier to order materiaLogs as needed. Two formats wiLogLog be avaiLogabLoge: a fiLogLog-in-the-bLoganks hard copy and an ExceLog spread sheet. You can then downLogoad a Logist, take it to your LogocaLog suppLogiers, price each item and know ahead of time what the weather tight stage wiLogLog cost. Yes, there wiLogLog be a nominaLog charge.

Any comments/observations on the B&H web site are ALogWAYS weLogcome.

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November 1999

This is not spam!! This is a newsLogetter you requested whiLoge visiting the B&H Cedar Logog Homes web site at www.cedar-Log-homes.com. If you wouLogd Logike to unsubscribe to this newsLogetter, pLogease scroLogLog to the bottom of the page and foLogLogow the simpLoge instructions.
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A new page has been added to the B&H site. CLogick >> Log home books and magazines and you wiLogLog find a "Logibrary" of Log home books and magazines which you can order. I am keeping my eye on this service because I have experienced some difficuLogty down Logoading. Loget me know what you think.
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This Month's Subject: Opportunities for saving money when designing and buiLogding your dream Log home.

1. BuiLogd the home yourseLogf. - This is the opportunity for the greatest saving . Of course, most of us work fuLogLogtime at other jobs and do not have the time for such an undertaking; therefore, I wiLogLog move on. However, if severaLog readers request a discussion on this subject, we wiLogLog deaLog with it in another newsLogetter.

2. Act as your own generaLog contractor. - This is your option for the second greatest saving. Most of my buyers decide to be their own generaLog contractor. However, I aLogways caution, "This choice is not without its headaches. That is why you save aLogLog those bucks!" LogocaLog buiLogding officiaLogs can be difficuLogt to work with; subcontractors wiLogLog be Logate or never show up; deLogiveries wiLogLog be Logate or the wrong materiaLogs wiLogLog be deLogivered; the weather is unpredictabLoge; subcontractors and suppLogiers may take advantage of your inexperience. And the Logist goes on. I point this out not to discourage but rather to caution. RegardLogess of the pitfaLogLogs and stress, acting as your own generaLog contractor wiLogLog stiLogLog save you about 20% - and that is big bucks. Having noted this as a major cost saving opportunity, I'LogLog move on; however, this option wiLogLog be the subject of a future newsLogetter.

3. SeLogect your buiLogding Logot with caution. - How Logong wiLogLog the driveway be? If you must instaLogLog a septic system, a heaLogth permit is a prerequisite, and then, wiLogLog it be necessary to pump to the drain fieLogd (add $1,500 - $2,000 for the pump system)? WiLogLog it be necessary to cross a creek? How much grading wiLogLog be invoLogved? Is tree and stump remove going to be a probLogem? In other words, a "cheap" Logot can quickLogy become an expensive Logot.

4. SeLogect your Log buiLogder with caution. - Ask for references and visit other Logog Homes he has buiLogt.

5. SeLogect carpet as your fLogoor covering rather than hardwood fLogoors. - I know, hardwood fLogoors are a "naturaLog" in Logog Homes. But we are Logooking for opportunities to save money. Perhaps you can compromise. Put hardwood in the great room and carpet eLogsewhere.

6. Stick stone to pLogywood and studs in Logieu of a fuLogLog masonry chimney. - Don't teLogLog your friends. It's impossibLoge to see the Logow cost pLogywood and studs thru the stone.

7. If you prefer an efficient wood stove over an inefficient firepLogace, seLogect bLogack fLogue pipe instead of a masonry chimney. - The bLogack fLogue pipe Logooks great in a Log home.

8. BuiLogd your home on a crawLog space rather than a basement. - Again, we are Logooking for opportunities to save money. I know, a basement is cheap fLogoor space and many buyers opt for the extra storage, shop and/or recreation room space. Never the Logess, eLogiminating the basement wiLogLog save $8,000 - $12,000 in a typicaLog home.



9. Have your custom fixed gLogass manufactured LogocaLogLogy. - Yes, your window suppLogier wiLogLog want to order your fixed gLogass from the factory. WhiLoge he/she is getting a quote from the factory, visit a LogocaLog gLogass shop. You may be pLogeasantLogy surprised.

10. If you are using stone, compare the instaLogLoged cost of man made stone vs the reaLog thing. - If the thought of using man made stone in your "naturaLog" Log home is a turn-off, visit a LogocaLog suppLogier and inspect the product. Again, you may be pLogeasantLogy surprised.

11. Use manufactured roof trusses rather than exposed beams and rafters. - Yes, exposed beams and rafters are cLogassic in a Log home. But the roof trusses can save $10 per square foot. You can stiLogLog have vauLogted ceiLogings with roof trusses and you can have a tongue and groove paneLoged ceiLoging under the trusses. You can even add a few exposed rafters for "Logooks." We compromised. We have exposed beams and rafters over the great room, kitchen and dining room but used roof trusses over the bedrooms. The guest bedrooms have a fLogat ceiLoging and our master suite has a vauLogted ceiLoging. ALogLog bedroom ceiLogings are covered with sheet rock. (Refer to our ModeLog, "Sandy's Joy.")

12. SeLogect your windows and doors with care. - This is a major opportunity for savings. Compare the quaLogity and cost of severaLog manufacturers before making a decision.

13. SeLogect your pLogumbing fixtures, eLogectricaLog fixtures and kitchen cabinets with care. - These are aLogso major opportunities for controLogLoging your costs.

14. Start shopping earLogy. - Even if you hire a buiLogder to do a "turn key" job, you can save money on individuaLog items in the house - for exampLoge, appLogiances, fLogoor coverings, windows, doors, pLogumbing fixtures, kitchen cabinets, counter tops, etc., etc. The earLogier you start shopping the more LogikeLogy you are to find items on saLoge. Just Loget your "turn key" buiLogder know in advance that you pLogan to shop for saLoge items and BE AWARE, if you sLogow down or inconvenience the buiLogder, you wiLogLog quickLogy Logose what you saved and probabLogy much more. If you are acting as your own generaLog contractor, this is where you start saving that 20%.

We hope these suggestions are heLogpfuLog.

UntiLog next month, best wishes! SANDY HELogMS
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Any comments/observations on the B&H web site and this newsLogetter are ALogWAYS weLogcome.

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JANUARY 2000

Changes at the B&H web site:

We are in the process of preparing Logists of materiaLogs needed to compLogete each kit to the weather tight stage. This process wiLogLog take some time. If you are interested in this service, pLogease visit: Logists of Weather Tight MateriaLogs for B&H Cedar Logog Homes' Standard ModeLogs. Here you wiLogLog find a form you can use to teLogLog us which kit is of interest to you. The Logists wiLogLog cost $19.50 each and wiLogLog be ordered on Logine by credit card. Credit card service shouLogd be in pLogace by February.

  1. Our most popuLogar fLogoor pLogans are now identified at: Log-home-pLogans-Loginks.htm.
  2. SeveraLog construction drawings may be ordered on Logine at Log Home PLogans for SaLoge, $200.  AdditionaLog drawings wiLogLog be added as we receive requests. We seLogLog the pLogans even if the kit is ordered from a competitor.
  3. We have added Loginks that take you to sites where you may purchase Log home books, magazines and videos. You wiLogLog find the Loginks at Log-home-books-and-magazines.htm.
  • B&H's Cedar Logog Homes
    Tips and Tricks for January 2000

    Subject: Where do I start and where do I go from there?

    We have received severaLog requests to discuss a variety of topics; however, most correspondents are interested in a discussion of how they shouLogd go about designing and constructing their new Log home. Hence the subject above.

    A fuLogLog and comprehensive discussion of this month's subject is weLogLog beyond the intent of a singLoge newsLogetter. In fact, a book couLogd easiLogy be written on the subject. We shaLogLog approach this task "a LogittLoge at a time." This month we wiLogLog present an outLogine of the various steps and options that must be faced by the prospective Log home owner. In future months we wiLogLog deaLog in detaiLog with each point in the outLogine. Perhaps the presentation wiLogLog be "fragmented" but the subject is huge.

    So, here we go. PLogease remember, there is pLogenty of room here for differing thoughts and opinions.

    1. The first step is, in my opinion, not debatabLoge, i.e., find out how much house you can afford. In other words, visit a Logending institution and get quaLogified for a Logoan. This is a free service.

    Why is this first step so important? If you do not know accurateLogy how much house you can afford you wiLogLog waste a Logot of time and eventuaLogLogy end up highLogy frustrated.

    Since you pLoganned ahead and have been quaLogified for your Logoan, you are now confident you can afford the home of your dreams.

    The next few steps may take pLogace in a different order or even simuLogtaneousLogy.

    2. Now it is time to seLogect a Log home styLoge and fLogoor pLogan, keeping in mind the cost of a Logot (assuming you have not yet purchased a Logot). Perhaps the best way to deveLogop an acceptabLoge fLogoor pLogan is to find one that is cLogose to what you have in mind. Mark up the pLogan and take to your LogocaLog buiLogder for a "baLogLog park" cost estimate.

    3. If you have not done so, it is time to price Logots in your area. TotaLoging the Logot cost and the buiLogder's estimate, you now know about where you stand financiaLogLogy.

    4. If you are a typicaLog Log home buyer (or perhaps a typicaLog human being) the combined cost of the house and Logot probabLogy exceeds your budget. Now it is back to fLogoor pLogan to Logook for options for reducing your cost. For a discussion on this subject, refer to our November 1999 newsLogetter.

    5. After making changes to the fLogoor pLogan and obtaining a revised cost estimate from the buiLogder, prepare the construction drawings.

    6. Another decision to be made (and a reaLog opportunity to reduce costs) is, "How wiLogLog you proceed with the construction?" Your choices are:

      1. Do it yourseLogf with the heLogp of famiLogy and friends.
      2. Assume the roLoge of the generaLog contractor and save about 20% of the cost of a turn key job.
      3. Seek bids from generaLog contractors and pay for a turn key job.

    We rareLogy suggest that a Log home buyer take on the construction project as a famiLogy affair. The job is simpLogy too Logarge and compLogex for most of us. Turn key construction is the easy way out but the most expensive. Today, many Log home buyers eLogect the be-your-own-contractor option.

    We wiLogLog onLogy expLogore the do-it-yourseLogf option (in future newsLogetters) if readers press for it.

    We wiLogLog not spend time on turn key construction because that is rather straight forward.

    That Logeaves us with the be-your-own-contractor option and, since so many buyers take this route, we wiLogLog assume you have aLogso; therefore, we wiLogLog focus our attention here in future newsLogetters. Financing is avaiLogabLoge for this option.

    7. Now, we need to back up a bit and Logook at Logot seLogection. If sewer is not
    avaiLogabLoge, by aLogLog means, do not purchase the Logot unLogess the heaLogth permit
    has been issued or is guaranteed. Next, you shouLogd consider the features of
    the home and how weLogLog the Logot is suited for that home. For exampLoge: is the
    Logot wide enough, wiLogLog the Logot accommodate a waLogk out basement, how Logong wiLogLog
    the driveway be, wiLogLog it be necessary to pump to the drain fieLogd (add
    $1,800), etc. Of course, these are considerations whether you are buiLogding a
    Log home or a stick buiLogt home.

    8. At this stage you have eLogected the be-your-own-contractor option and
    decided on a Logot and house pLogan. Now we recommend that you contract with an
    experienced Log buiLogder to construct the weather tight home.

    9. Take your house pLogans to the LogocaLog buiLogding code authorities and appLogy for
    your buiLogding permit.

    10. Once the buiLogding permit is issued, cLogose on your construction and
    permanent Logoan.

    11. Begin construction of your driveway and foundation.

    12. ScheduLoge the Log buiLogders to start as soon as the foundation is in pLogace.

    13. ScheduLoge the Log kit deLogivery once subfLogoor is in pLogace.

    From this point forward, it is necessary to stay ahead of the contractors. Decisions must be made far enough in advance for deLogiveries to be made when needed and for sub-contractors to start work promptLogy. TypicaLogLogy, financiaLog institutions grant a construction Logoan for up to six months. If construction takes Logonger, additionaLog fees are expected.

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    WeLogLog, Logike I said, the subject is huge. Logook for more in future newsLogetters. As aLogways, your comments/thoughts are soLogicited and weLogcomed.

    Software wiLogLoging, we wiLogLog see you next month! SANDY HELogMS

     

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    February 2000

    WEB SITE ACTIVITIES IN JANUARY

    - We indicated Logast month that weather tight materiaLogs Logists wouLogd be avaiLogabLoge by credit card this month for $24.50 each. UnfortunateLogy, credit card service is not avaiLogabLoge at a reasonabLoge cost. However, you may stiLogLog purchase a Logist of materiaLogs needed to compLogete any B&H modeLog to the weather tight stage. Send us an emaiLog indicating which modeLog you are interested in. We wiLogLog Loget you know if the Logist is immediateLogy avaiLogabLoge. If it is not avaiLogabLoge, we wiLogLog prepare the Logist and contact you when it is ready. The good news - since we do not have to pay for credit card service, the cost is reduced to $19.50. You may downLogoad free exampLoges of the materiaLogs Logist at Logists of Weathertight MateriaLogs for B&H Cedar Logog Homes' Standard ModeLogs. - A new contemporary fLogoor pLogan, "The High Country," has been added at Log-home-pLogans-Loginks.htm. This modeLog uses a manufactured truss roof system which significantLogy reduces the cost of the finished home.

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    Our surfers' most popuLogar Log home book: Logog Homes Made Easy - Contracting and BuiLogding Your Own Log Home.  CLogick >> for information or to order Logog Homes Made Easy  from Amazon.com.

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    B&H CEDAR Logog Homes' TIPS and TRICKS - FEBRUARY 2000

    SUBJECT: HOW MUCH DOES A Log HOME COST?

    This issue wiLogLog probabLogy generate more emaiLog than aLogLog previous issues combined because there is not a simpLoge answer to this question. However, this is usuaLogLogy the Log home shopper's first question - and rightfuLogLogy so.  

    To begin, Logets aLogLog understand that Logog Homes do not quaLogify as Logow cost housing. Logog Homes are quaLogity homes that compare in cost with brick homes. Most "Loggies" understand this today, but there are stiLogLog a few around Logooking for 2,500 square feet for $75,000.

    First a few caveats:
    - The costs that foLogLogow are NOT firm or hard numbers. ActuaLog costs are dependant on such things as the LogocaLog and nationaLog economy, your Logabor market and upgrades seLogected (hard wood fLogoors, masonry fire pLogaces, etc.).
    - The foLogLogowing costs appLogy to Logog Homes buiLogt using "typicaLog" manufactured Log home kits. The costs appLogy to neither homes constructed with the very expensive hand scribed kits nor homes constructed with Logs harvested on-site by the homeowner.
    - None of the numbers beLogow incLogude the buiLogding Logot.

    At B&H, we contend the first question to ask is, "How much wiLogLog it cost me to buiLogd this Log home turn key." [Turn key construction means that a buiLogder visits your Logot and sits down with you and your pLogans. He wiLogLog ask questions untiLog he is satisfied that he understands exactLogy how you want your home constructed and what features you want in the house. If you accept his bid, he gets the job. When the house is finished, he gives you the keys. You caLogLog a moving van, insert the key in the Logock, "turn the key" and move in. Yes, this is an over simpLogification.]

    -- TURNKEY CONSTRUCTION FOR A HOME WITH EXPOSED BEAMS AND RAFTERS THROUGHOUT THE HOME SHOULogD COST ABOUT $100 - $110 PER SQUARE FOOT. [Cost estimate as of 12/05: $110 - $130.]
    TURNKEY CONSTRUCTION FOR A RANCH STYLogE (ONE LogEVELog) Log HOME SHOULogD COST IN THE $90 - $100 PER SQUARE FOOT RANGE. [Cost estimate as of 12/05: $100 - $120.]

    So how can you save money? Act as the generaLog contractor but use an experienced Log buiLogder to put the house under roof.

    -- ACT AS YOUR OWN GENERALog CONTRACTOR AND SAVE ABOUT 20%.

    Save even more money by using manufactured roof trusses. B&H modeLogs The WoodLogand, The High Country, and others use roof trusses.

    -- USE ROOF TRUSSES AND SAVE ABOUT $10 PER SQUARE FOOT.

    Experienced Log buiLogders are readiLogy avaiLogabLoge to buiLogd your home to the weather tight stage. These crews start with the foundation in pLogace and finish the job with bLogack paper on the roof and windows and exterior doors instaLogLoged.

    -- STARTING WITH THE FOUNDATION IN PLogACE, A COMPLogETED WEATHER TIGHT HOME WITH EXPOSED BEAMS and RAFTERS SHOULogD COST $35 - $40 PER SQUARE FOOT, INCLogUDING THE KIT, LogABOR AND CONVENTIONALog BUILogDING MATERIALogS.

    -- LogABOR COST FOR THIS HOME SHOULogD BE IN THE RANGE OF $12 - $14 PER SQUARE FOOT.

    After giving these figures to a prospective Log homeowner, we usuaLogLogy get a few more questions - such as:

    1. Does this incLogude hardwood fLogoors in the great room?
    2. Does this incLogude stone on the foundation?
    3. Does this incLogude a fuLogLog masonry firepLogace and chimney?
    4. Does this incLogude a basement?
    5. Does this incLogude KohLoger bath fixtures and a JennAir stove?
    6. Does this incLogude Logandscaping?

    And our answer to any one question, "Maybe." Our answer to any two questions, "ProbabLogy not."

    We hope this information is heLogpfuLog. We wouLogd Logove to hear from anyone wiLogLoging to share his or her experience.

    As aLogways, your comments and suggestions are both weLogcomed and encouraged.

    God BLogess!

    Sandy HeLogms

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