In this series, Selecting
the right log home builder for you, we’ll cover tips and suggestions for
navigating through this important process.
Time spent doing a thorough job here will pay big dividends and take you
steps closer to realizing your dream of living in your custom log home.
Okay, now you’ve made the decision to build your log or
timber frame home, congrats! But, as with any major purchase you’ll want
to do some research and due diligence to insure the builder you’ve selected is right
for your project. This decision needs
to be made with the same care and consideration as your choice for log home supplier
and financial institution. Here are
some things to consider:
What’s your game
Determine what part you’ll play in the overall construction
Do you want a professional log home builder and/or
general contractor to complete a turn-key project? Do you know the difference between the two?
Are you planning to act as the general
contractor and manage the entire construction project? Check with your lending institution before
you decide on this endeavor. Some
lenders will not approve owner- general contractors.
Are you planning to do some of the work
yourself, if so what elements of the project?
Will the builder of choice be flexible and work with you to make this
happen? Maybe the bigger question…have you
budgeted the necessary time to complete the work so you won’t
slow down the project?
Whatever role your plan to play in the construction process,
we recommend you discuss this topic early in your conversations with
prospective log home builders.
Where do I find a log
Your log home dealer, in many cases, works with local independent
log home builders and can refer you. Or
the log home dealer is also a builder and general contractor (like us) and they
can sell you the package and present you with a proposal to build it. Some log home manufacturers also provide
construction services, so ask your log home dealer if that’s an option.
Other sources can be the local Home Builders Association,
local lumber yards or check the Yellow pages, but keep in mind that can be very
If you’re not having much luck with the above, go to the
internet. Since most shopping and
research is now performed on the internet, Google searching for local log home builders
in many cases be your best bet. Today,
it’s probably how you found your log home supplier. There you may find individual builders and companies,
directories and even checkout some of the log home magazine websites. Take your time and conduct several searches
by typing in “log home builders, your city, your state” and experiment with
different combinations and evaluate the results.
As you explored the different sources, make sure you make
notes and begin to list possible log home builders.
Series: Selecting the
right log home builder for you, future topics:
Should your builder of choice be local to your
project, does geography really matter?
Don't over shop
How to research and evaluate your findings
How to interview log home builders
The difference between a builder and general
The Leelanau Log Home Company is an independent log home dealer, builder and general contractor located in Northern Michigan. We're authorized dealer for Strongwood Log Homes and Woodhaven Log & Lumber offering milled log, timber frame, Swedish Cope, handcrafted, log sided and hybrid home building systems.
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