Pros: This is a good metric to use for the big picture cost potential and provides a ballpark idea of the cost. Typically used very early in the log home education process.
Cons: Limiting because typically only factors in living space, not construction sq. ft. Many times it doesn't include decks, porches, garages, dormers or other non-living sq. ft. features. It may also not factor in the complexity of the structure (number of corners, roof planes, etc), quality and completeness of the log home package, quality of construction, quality level of finishes, scope of your project, etc.
Pros: Simple to calculate and understand. Typically used very early in the log home education process.
Cons: Only gets you close if you can determine a realistic "multiplier". Factors that influence the multiplier can be quality level of finish, quality of materials used, amenities or upgrades from standard, etc. An experienced and knowledgeable log home dealer/builder will be able to help you determine your cost multiplier.
The Take Away...
The bottom-line…these calculating tools are great for "ballparking" potential cost and really nothing more. Because each log home is unique, getting a realistic cost number can only be done by taking the next step...meeting with a log home dealer and/or builder of choice and going through the preliminary planing process. An experienced and knowledgeable dealer and/or builder will be skilled at guiding you through this process to help you develop your design, related building cost and budget.
If done well this can be a fun, exciting and educational experience and only through this process can you get the answer to your question...”how much does it cost?”.
The Leelanau Log Home Company LLC