Have you always dreamed of living in a log home and are finally at a point in life where you can afford to build one? If so, your dream may come true soon, but you should realize that this is not an event you should rush through. There are several important things you need to know before you build a log home, and here are the top things to know.
Choose your builder wisely
Hiring a contractor to build a log home is not the same as hiring a contractor to build a house. Log homes are not built the same way; there are actually many differences between them and a traditional stick built home. You will want to make sure you choose a contractor that has experience building log homes. An experienced contractor is likely to build the house from scratch and not from a log home kit. While there are some good log home kits available, there are also some that are not so great. The biggest downside with a kit is that you are stuck to the exact design of the house it represents. In other words, you will not be able to make any changes with it.
Understand the extra maintenance involved
Secondly, you should fully understand that owning and maintaining a log home is also very different from a regular home. Log homes will usually need maintenance steps that other types of homes do not need, and this is primarily because of the logs used to build the home. These logs are made of wood, which means they will expand and contract. Over time, this may require performing maintenance to the logs to ensure that they are straight and in good condition. You may also need to paint and seal the house from time to time and take extra measures to prevent insects, such as termites, from destroying the home.
Take time in choosing the plans
Finally, as with any house you build, you should take your time when choosing the plans you would like for your house. There are a lot of different log home plans available, and you can even choose one you like and modify it to fit your exact needs and desires.
If you are ready to take the plunge into building a log home to live in, you should begin the process by talking to a contractor who has experience in building log homes in your area.Share
28 October 2018
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