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So, you want to build a log or timber home? Where to start…
If you intend to use a construction loan to finance your home, contact your lender before
attempting any of the following to see what their policy is!
Even before the first shovel of dirt is turned over – the soil may require testing to determine the strength of the ground on which the home will sit.
- Tree and shrub clearance -a good idea is to clear at least 50 ft. minimum from the edge of the proposed structures. In some parts of the country 100-150 ft would be the recommended – check and seek advice from your local fire department.
- Water – a home isn’t of much use alone if one cannot gain access to good potable water. Some people even purchase their land based on the contingent that water is found.
- Septic system – determine with your builder/county the site specifics for your property. Test holes will be required
- Driveway entry road. Prior to construction starting a roughed in access road will be required. Base rock should at least cover the ground from point of entry onto the property to the construction site. Getting delivery vehicles stuck can become expensive.
- Marking out the home site – Along with your builder and local dealer of the log home producer stake out the location for the home. This process may take many attempts – remember the home is going to be there for years to come and it may be the final home you build so location is very important.
Foundation and Sub Floor
Footprint plans are designed to work with almost any foundation type; albeit slab, crawl space or full walk out/daylight basement. Irrespective of the foundation type chosen our homes will typically require an 8” concrete wall.
- Slab with stem wall – Probably the least expensive way to go, however very restrictive when it comes to installing your utilities (plumbing, electric & heating).
- Crawl Space – Usually a three or four foot wall, contractors would rather have a four foot wall this gives them an easier access for installing utilities. Note, using this method the sub floor will require insulating in between the joists.
- Walk out /daylight basement – Given that the property allows for this type of foundation, this is by far the most cost effective. Basement walls are typically 8 f.t however many people opt for the 9 or 10 ft. wall to give increased headroom space in the basement; this is particularly useful for a games room. Once a basement is built local building codes will usually insist that the inside of the outer wall be furred out with 2 x 4 lumber and insulated;
- The latest foundation used is the Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF), these are foam panels which once stacked then have the concrete poured inside of them. Many people see this as the way forward; being insulated there is no need to insulate the wall like a regular poured foundation. Costs of ICF systems vary, so do your research before committing to this method.
- Subfloor supports and associated framing material will be dependent on foundation type.
Log Delivery Day
After months or maybe years of planning, your log package finally arrives. Delivery day is probably the single most exciting time of a log home building process. This can also be a very emotional day. To avoid surprises, plan ahead:
- How to get the trucks to the site – check with your log home dealer as to the truck length.
- County road restrictions
- Movement of materials from the log trucks to the storage area.
- Protection of materials from the elements
- Payment of the materials/shipping on delivery day.
A well prepared site will avoid costly delays on delivery day.
Featured Floor Plan: Malakwa
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Bedrooms: 3 + loft
Square Footage: 2,373
The 2,373 sq. ft. Malakwa offers excellent separation of space for entertaining as well as room for overnight guests.
The main ﬂoor includes a full bathroom and an open ﬂoor plan with deck access through the living room.
The second ﬂoor has another bathroom and full bathroom as well as loft space for an ofﬁce, library, reading nook or children’s play area.
An attached garage includes a full apartment with kitchenette, bedroom and bathroom.
The content of this newsletter represents the opinions of Footprint Log Homes based on our previous experiences. Because every home and every homeowner is unique, we cannot guarantee that your experience will be the same.
Our Manufacturer’s 60,000 sq/ft facility is located in the interior of British Columbia, Canada. This spectacular location provides excellent access to both the highest quality Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar and world-class shipping facilities.