How To Get Started, What’s The First Step?

I'm sure your the first question on your mind is what's the cost of building my custom log home and your second what's involved? The best approach for your first step is to have a conversation with us. Pick up the phone and call or if you prefer visit us during one of our scheduled planning sessions. 

Typically most folks have a floorplan or design in mind and can share those details with us such as overall sq. ft., number of bedrooms and bathrooms, style of home (ranch, chalet, etc.), number of levels, decks and/or porches, basement, crawl space, etc. Don’t worry if you don’t have that figured out yet, we’ll ask you the questions so we have general understanding of the scope of your project.

Next we’ll review the different log home building systems that we offer and explain the differences in terms of performance and costs. Our goal is to match the best log home building system that fits your needs, lifestyle and budget. We’ll explain each system cost and review the pros and cons for your application. Now we’ll be able to give you a general idea of the cost of the log home package and what it could cost for a shell-in to turn-key project. Keep in mind, the cost number will be a ballpark estimate. We’ll also arm you with some cost metrics that you can use as your project evolves.

And finally we’ll review each step of the preliminary planning process and explain how to develop your project game plan. 

Contact us to schedule your phone appointment or call us at 231-668-1465 or 231-668-1871.

How Does it Cost to Build a Log Home?

Typically, turn-key construction costs for a solid milled log home can be approximately $225 per living sq. ft. excluding the cost of your land.

Your construction cost can be higher or lower depending on such things as the scope of the site preparation, simplicity or complexity of your design, the quality of the interior material selections, options and applications you choose, plus any amount of work you do yourselves. Using the cost per sq. ft. metric should be used only during the preliminary planning phase to “ballpark” potential project costs.

Want to learn more? Give us a call and let’s discuss your log home project plans.

Do You Have A Model Home We Can Tour?

Yes! We offer model home tours by appointment, plus we can also schedule a tour of our client homes in the area. It’s a great way to see the products up close and the quality craftsmanship of the Leelanau Log Home team. If you’re interested in visiting us in Northern Michigan, please contact us to schedule your personal tour.

Do You Offer Design Services?

Yes we do! We can modify one of our standard floor plans, begin with your design or start sketching on a blank sheet of paper.

Our preliminary design fee is $500.00 and this amount will be credited towards your log home package purchase. That fee provides you drawn and scalable floorplans with elevations of all four sides of the home. Along with your floorplan design we’ll also include a 3D rendering of the interior and exterior of your custom home.

Once the preliminary design has been drawn, we’ll work closely with you to make any necessary modifications and also offer suggestions based on your total vision of your custom home. Once the preliminary design process has been completed, you receive a materials package quote based on the preliminary design.

Once the preliminary design has been approved and a 10% package deposit has been received construction drawing process will begin. Your construction drawings will also be reviewed by a licensed engineer.

We excel at custom design and by combining our construction knowledge and expertise we can help you create a design that fits your lifestyle and most important your budget. From design, drafting and engineering, we offer our clients the peace of mind that your home will meet local and state building codes and stand the test of time.

To set up your initial design consultation - please email or call us 231-668-1465.

Browse the Strongwood Log & Timber Homes Floorplans.

What Is Included In Your Log Home Package?

Because we represent several manufacturers, we offer a range of material packages — from log siding packages, full log walls only to a complete weather-tight shell. Bottom-line, we’ll custom tailor the log home package that works best for you. Contact us to learn more about our log home building systems.

I’m Interested In Leelanau Log Homes Floorplan Service To Design My Log Home, What’s Involved?

We’ll work with you to develop and assist you in creating the perfect design that reflects your taste and budget.

Our plan service starts with your design or we will help you define it. Once we have the overall sq. ft. of the living and non-living areas, we prepare an estimate for the preliminary plan service and the finals plan service.

Your preliminary plans will include scaled drawings with four elevations of the home. These preliminary plans provide sufficient detail to secure estimates for your project for proposal purposes. Our final plan service includes fully develop plans suitable for construction.

Contact us or call us at 231-668-1465 to get started on your project.

I’m Interested In Getting A Log Home Package Quote And Construction Cost Proposal Based On My Preliminary Floorplan?

If you already have a preliminary floorplan and are ready to take the next steps, we can develop a customized project proposal based on your specifications. Our log home package and construction proposals are very detailed based on your specifications and typically take 2-4 weeks to develop. Once we have our proposal completed, we’ll review it with you and explain every detail so you understand what’s included, plus answer all your questions.

I Have Already Purchased Land. What Services Do You Provide To Find The Right Floor Plan That Will Fit My Land?

One of our specialty services we offer our clients is building site evaluation and planning. Once you've selected a floorplan or two, we’ll walk your land with you and offer expert advice based on your design(s) that will best fit your land, lifestyle and budget. In addition, we’ll review with you advantages of solar angles, wind patterns and tree planning to reduce your energy consumption and much more. Go to Our Services to learn more about what we can offer you.

Call us today to schedule your building site evaluation: 231-668-1465.

How Long Does It Typically Take To Build A Log Home?

Time frame can vary depending on several factors such as the contractor, weather, location, size of the log home, changes made by the homeowner, etc. Typically a complete turnkey log home is approximately 6-10 months. Tip: Budget an additional 2-4 months for the design and preliminary planning process.

Do You Offer A Turn-Key Project, Or Will I Need To Hire A Contractor?

The Leelanau Log Home Company LLC offers complete construction and general contracting services from shell-in to a full turn-key project and everything in-between. We also have a list of recommend contractors in our area. Some of our customers choose to be their own general contractor and subcontract out the various phases of their project. Contact us so we can discuss the construction option that will work best for you.

Leelanau Log Homes Provides Building Services, What Does Your Company Do*?

As builders and general contractors, our approach maybe a little different than most companies. When we’re contracted to build your custom log home, we’re the actual builders/general contractors on your site doing the work. And of course we have a select group of sub-contractors we use, but all under our supervision. From preliminary design and planning, through the construction process to the finished home, we’re there every step of the way. It’s our way to control project costs, head-off potential issues and maintain our high level of quality and craftsmanship that we demand and you expect.

During most projects here are some of the trades that we do ourselves.

  • Log home or timber frame weather tight shell-in construction

  • Complete custom interior trim carpentry: Installing kitchen and bathroom cabinets, custom built-ins, hanging interior doors, installing window and door casing, base trim, etc.

  • Install drywall, tape & mud and sand ready for primer

  • Pre-finish interior wood work, doors and trim.

  • Prime and paint drywall

  • Custom tile work for floors, showers, bathrooms and kitchens.

  • Install hardwood flooring

  • Exterior stain finish

  • And much more

*our construction services are limited to select counties in Northern Michigan.  Please contact us to discuss your project location.  We also have a log home builder referral service - contact us to learn more.

How Much Exterior Maintenance Is Required For A Log Home?

The amount of exterior maintenance will vary depending on the location and position of your home on the site. Typically you may have to recoat every 3-7 years, but there are many variables at play such as UV exposure, quality of finish, quality of preparation and application, log moisture content, etc. Areas of your home that receive longer periods of sunlight (UV exposure) will require recoating more frequently. There are new products on the market that can extend the life of your stain. We can advise you how to conduct routine maintenance inspections, discuss your choice of quality products, tips how to extend the life of your exterior stain, plus we offer maintenance options at attractive rates.

To learn more click this link to the Log and Timber Homes Council Library

Can We Add Onto An Existing Log Home?

Absolutely! We’ll work with you to design the perfect addition to your existing log home that fits your growing needs. We offer complete design, drafting and engineering services. Plus as a licensed contractor, The Leelanau Log Home Company offers complete construction services.

How Energy Efficient Is A Log Home?

Unlike regular wood framed structures, log homes are rated in “Thermal Mass” as opposed to “R” values. The “Thermal Mass Effect” relates to the ability in which heat transfers through the walls of a building is delayed by the wall mass. Log homes may be expected to perform from 2.5% to over 15% more energy efficiently compared to an identical wood-framed constructed home, considering annual purchased heating and cooling energy needs. Read the white paper prepared by the Technical Committee of the Log Homes Council.

Learn more about the energy efficiency of log homes.

We Have A Stick-Built Home. Can We Make It Look Like A Log Home?

Yes! We offer complete design and construction services and can turn your existing home into a log home with custom log siding. We also offer complete remodeling services and can add the rustic look on the inside to match the exterior. Contact us today to discuss your project.

I Plan To Have A Contractor Build The Weather-Tight Shell And Then I Will Finish The Interior Myself. How Long Will It Take To Complete The Weather-Tight Shell?

Typically it will take 2-3 months to complete the weather-tight shell. Of course there are several variables that come into play, like the size of the log home, weather conditions, size of the building crew, etc. Contact us for a one-on-one planning session to discuss your project or just give us a call at 231-668-1465. We’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Why Should I Choose The Leelanau Log Home Company?

Choosing a dealer/contractor is a personal choice, but a choice supported by your due diligence. Read what some of our clients had to say about us:  Testimonials  We know that building a log home is a big investment and your peace of mind is important to us. If you’re looking for a dealer that demonstrates these core values below, then we encourage you to give us a call and see for yourself.

Quality of craftsmanship. Our commitment is to produce the highest level of quality and craftsmanship building your log home. We take pride in doing it right and doing it well.

Superior customer care. We are responsive to customers’ needs and strive to exceed our customer’s expectations. Our service to you is the primary consideration in everything we do.

Integrity. As individuals and business owners, we demonstrate professional, honest and ethical behavior in what we do and say. Our goal is to earn and maintain your respect and trust.

What Services Do You Offer?

As a dealer - builder we offer you a wide variety of services:

  • Custom floorplan design: We’ll help you design the perfect floorplan that fits your lifestyle, budget and architectural design wishes. We also offer a selection of standard floorplans that can be customized. Each floorplan design is professionally drafted and engineered.

  • Building site evaluation and planning: An important step in the process is to develop a site plan for your custom home. We’ll walk your property with you and offer suggestions for the best possible place for your custom home. We consider your design, solar angles, window location, topography, views, trees, etc. when developing your site plan.

  • Preliminary budget planning and cost estimates: We’ll work with you to develop a budget and provide you with a construction cost estimate based on your design. We have planning tools that can help you define your design and aid in making the materials and amenity selections.

  • Weather-tight to turn-key construction options: As licensed builders (Michigan) we offer flexible construction options and competitive prices for weather-tight to turn-key custom home projects. Ask us for a free construction quote.

  • Project coordination and general contracting services: We offer complete project coordination and general contracting services for your custom home project.

  • Technical assistance for the do-it-yourself homeowner: When you purchase a custom home package from us, we offer on-site training for 2-4 days to get you started at no cost to you. We also offer technical assistance by phone or email and will arrange to make on-site inspections throughout the construction process.

  • Remodeling Services: With over 30 years experience in the construction industry, we offer all phases of remodeling for your home. 

  • Log Home Conversions: Love your existing home, but want to live in a log home? We can convert your existing home into a log home. Ask us for details.

Plus much more…for more information go to Our Services.

Are Log Homes More Fireproof?

This is an important question especially with the rise in popularity of log homes, insurance questions, building code requirements and the fact that many log homes are built in remote locations. Read the white paper prepared by the Technical Committee of the Log Homes Council.

Download a PDF about Fire Performance of Log Walls.

Are Log Homes Considered A Green Home?

We think so. A green home is one that considers impact to the surrounding environment, the use of renewable materials, energy efficiency, etc. To read more about log homes "going green" click on the link below and read the white paper prepared by the Technical Committee of the Log Homes Council.

Download a PDF about Log Homes "Going Green" from the Log Homes Council.


If you would like to discuss your log home project and learn more about our products and services, please contact us:  Brad:  231-668-1465 or Jim 231-668-1871.

We look forward to hearing from you!