How Long Until I Move into My Log Home?

Handcrafted Log Home in Snow

One of the most frequently asked questions is “How long will it be from when I start the process until I move into the log home?”

Here are a few steps that will give you some idea of the timeline involved.

Planning and Design

  • Initial communications, maybe at a log home show, followed by a visit to a model home; if this is not possible, then a call with the log home company to discuss your requirements (log profile, hybrid, timber frame, corner system, etc.)
  • Review the plans then ask for a cost estimate. This takes between 5-7 business days.
  • Initiate contract will get the preliminary drawings started, which will then take 4-6 weeks to complete.
  • In the meantime, plan job site visits, meet with contractors and arrange for the infrastructure (well if needed/road/septic, etc.)
  • Once you have reviewed and approved, your preliminary drawings go to construction drawings. (Note: this process will take longer if you request more changes/reviews.)
  • Approximately 6 weeks later you will receive your stamped/engineered plans.
  • You or your contractor then apply for building permits. Permits can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, depending on the County/State/Province of build.

This time-frame is typically around 4 months. This process gets you to the point where you are ready to start construction.

Construction:

  • Excavating/footings/basement/sub-floor: allow 4-5 weeks.
  • Erecting the weather tight package: 10-12 weeks depending on size of home/crew/ weather, etc.
  • Completion of the interior utilities/drywall/trim/floor coverings: 3-4 months.

So, how long until I move in my log home? Altogether, the overall time-frame for the average build would be 8-10 months and could be more if your permits take more time than the average.

Take it step by step and it will all come together! Contact us with any questions or concerns. We’re here to help!

Merry Christmas

As the Christmas holiday season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and those of you who have helped us grow in a most significant way. We value our relationship and look forward to working with you on your new home project in the years to come. We wish you a Blessed Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year 2020.

Which Log Home Package is Right for You?

Log Home Package

A log home package includes the supplies and options to build a log home. But log home packages are not the same. Therefore, it’s important you compare apples to apples.

Consider these points to ponder when researching the right log home package for you.

Log Home Package Questions

  • Are the logs in the package pre-cut and pre-drilled, or just random length logs? Pre-cut log walls will save time during construction. However, if a company offers pre-cut, ask what that means. Corners only? Window/door openings ready for external trim? Electrical chase and boxes?
  • What size are the logs?
  • What species are the logs?
  • Is there a warranty for the logs themselves? For example, most companies will warranty their logs, and then the window and/or door manufacturer’s warranty covers the windows and doors.
  • Are the windows and external doors (French, sliders or entry door) included? If so, are they wood/clad, vinyl or fiberglass for the entry door?
  • What type of roof is included?
  • Does the package include soffit & fascia material/exterior trim for around the windows and doors?
  • Are the porches and decks on the rendering floor plans included or an option.
  • Ask if the 2nd floor system is included or an option.
  • Do they include all of the necessary fasteners, etc., to construct the package? For example, typically nails for nail guns are not included.
  • Is the material for all of the interior framed walls included?
  • Does the package include site-specific engineered plans or are they just engineered for the county of build? If not, you may need to go to a local engineer to get them drawn/approved for your building lot, which would naturally incur additional costs for you.
  • Do the plans include the foundation and sub-floor drafting and engineering (even if the company does not provide the material for this element of the build)?
  • What interior trim is included? Also, what about 1 x 6″ tongue and groove material for a cathedral ceiling?
Log Home Package

Have questions? Contact Footprint Log Homes for more information.

Fire Safety for Log and Timber Frame Homes

Fire Safety Log and Timber Frame Homes

Fire safety is a top concern during this time of year. These fire safety tips are applicable to all of us, no matter what kind of home we live in.

Fire Safety Log and Timber Frame Homes

Fire Safety Tips

  • Consider a metal roof instead of shingle.
  • Any skylights in the roof will help the fire escape if it starts in the house.
  • Install frost-free water spigots around the home so that you have a good water supply should you need it.
  • Keep vegetation at least 100 yards from the house to create a fire break.
  • Trim trees and remove dead ones–this is good forest management.
  • Check with your local fire department to see if they offer a management program.
  • If you store logs for your fireplace, keep the wood a good distance from the house. For example, do not stack wood on the side of the house or under the deck.
  • Make sure everyone knows the way out should a fire occur indoors and have a meeting place determined so that you can do a head count to make sure everyone is out.
  • If you have a second floor, have a fire ladder handy by an exit window should you need to leave that way. These are readily available at most local stores and come boxed.
  • Have an emergency kit ready to go with all the essentials in case you are displaced for any length of time. Include a change of clothing, toiletries, towels, medication, first aid kit, flashlight and a spare pair of shoes.
  • If you have pets, leave their crates accessible so that you can safely cage them if you have a little notice of evacuation.
  • Have a box ready to take important paperwork .
  • Know alternate safety routes from your property.
  • Relocate your precious photographs to a spot for easy pickup.
  • And lastly, make sure you change the batteries in your fire alarms regularly. A good time to do this is in the autumn when you change to daylight savings (if applicable).

While many of these tips are common sense, it never hurts to be reminded sometimes.

Hybrid home

The Hybrid home is becoming more and more popular and Footprint Log Homes has just delivered its first conventional stick frame home. It will have board and batten siding, with beautiful timbers both inside and  out. This home is  under construction and we will post more photos as it progresses.

This home is nestled in the trees in North Idaho
This beautiful Hammer truss with the black powder coated brackets will add dimension and character to the home

Footprint to Offer Stick Frame, Board & Batten, Timber Frame Accents and More

Handcrafted Log Homes

A Footprint Handcrafted or Hand Hewn log home, with its whole log construction, has a bold and striking appearance.

The sturdiness and sense of presence are unrivaled. Footprint Handcrafted log homes are built using carefully selected Canadian Douglas Fir logs. They are pre-assembled at the manufacturing facility, and then disassembled and shipped to locations around the world.

However, we know that the big log is not for everyone, so Footprint is diversifying! We are now working on offering regular stick frame construction. This can encompass ‘board and batten’ with Hardy plank siding, a combination of log, and regular construction and maybe Timber Frame accents both inside and out to give you the best of both worlds. We intend to offer all construction aspects for the residential home.

Check our web site for updates in the coming weeks.

Building a Log Home: How Long Does It Take?

When you are researching building a log home, one of the most frequently asked questions is “How long will it take from when I start the process until I move into the home?”

Here are a few steps that will give you some idea of the timeline involved in building a log home.

Planning:

  • Initial communications may be at a log home show, followed by a visit to a model home; if this is not possible then a call with the log home dealer to discuss your requirements, log profile, corner system, etc.
  • Review the plans then ask for a cost estimate; this will take between 5-7 business days.
  • Initiate contract: this will get the preliminary drawings started, which will then take 4-6 weeks to complete.
  • In the meantime you should be planning job site visits, meeting with contractors and arranging for the infrastructure (like a well/road/septic, etc.)
  • Once you have reviewed and approved your preliminary drawings go to construction drawings (Note: this process will take longer if you request more changes/reviews)
  • Approximately 6 weeks later you will receive your stamped/engineered plans.
  • You or your contractor then apply for building permits. This can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months depending on the County/State/Province of build.

This process gets you to the point where you are ready to start construction. This time frame for planning is typically around 4 months on average.

Building a Log Home -- Ground Clearing
Ground Clearing

Construction:

  • Excavating/footings/basement/subfloor: allow 4-5 weeks
  • Erecting the weather tight package: 10-12 weeks depending on size of home/crew/ weather, etc.
  • Completion of the interior – utilities/drywall/trim/floor coverings: 3-4 months.
  • The overall time frame for the average build would be 8-10 months and could be more if your permits take more time than the average.

Take it step by step and it will all come together!

The Completed Log Home, Ready to Move In
Finished Home, Move-In Ready

What You Need to Know about Humidity in Your Log & Timber Home

Do you wake up some mornings feeling parched, dry nose and itchy eyes? Are the hardwood floors in your new log home creaking and groaning like an old ship? Did static electricity make loved ones and pets cringe at the touch?

Culprit – Dry Air

Humidity in Your Log or Timber Home

Without enough moisture, both you and your home will suffer. Dry air is also a dollar-and-cents issue because adding water vapor to your home can also reduce your heating bills. The solution is simple enough though. It’s a matter of boosting the level of humidity inside your home. Increasing your relative humidity by 10% is roughly equivalent to raising the room temperature by one degree.

Years ago people would boil a kettle of water on the wood stove, this was low cost but not very effective, it only worked because the wood stove was in the center of the living area. Typically with today’s much larger log home the kettle on top of the wood stove is just totally inadequate.

Humidifier Types & Options

So, it’s clear that moist air is better for you. The question is what’s the best way to create it? Several options are available ranging from portable counter top humidifiers to whole house systems. Here are some guidelines to help you decide what’s best for you:

Firstly a humidifiers output is measured in gallons per 24 hr period:

  • Portable humidifiers – simple to operate, easy to install, counter top size or free standing. The main disadvantage is the small area they cover and they can be noisy.
  • Humidifier-air cleaners – Some manufacturers produce appliances that both purify and humidify, filters and ultra violet light bulbs have to be replaced periodically.
  • Whole house systems – By far the best way to go is to have it installed by your HVAC contractor at the time of construction. One of the main advantages is that they connect to your central water supply and so refills automatically. They still require maintenance and should be checked periodically like other appliances in the home.

Remember, you need to strike a balance between what’s good for your home and air quality and your budget. A humidity range of 30-50% will provide the greatest level of comfort for you and protection for you home.

Visit Footprint Log Homes in British Columbia

Visit Footprint Log Homes in Vernon, British Columbia

Visiting British Columbia? Want to get a firsthand look at the style and quality of the Footprint Log Homes product?

Now you can visit our Footprint Log Home dealer here in beautiful British Columbia!

Visit Footprint Log Homes in Vernon, British ColumbiaFeel free to book the Airbnb Guest Suite located on the property of the Mustang Log & Timber Homes model. We can schedule a tour of the mill that provides the logs and timber for Footprint Log Homes.

Plus, you can take the opportunity to tour the stunning Okanagan Valley while you are in the area!

Click on the link below for rates and availability.

Book the Mustang Log & Timber Homes Airbnb.

Small Log Cabin in the Woods Under Construction

This small cabin base based on the Bears Den.

At 756 Square feet this two story log cabin offers good separation of space with a large loft bedroom made possible by an optional shed dormer on the back of the house which includes a half bath. This could, of course, be reversed with the full bath in the loft and the half bath on the main floor.

How Custom Log Home Design Services Can Help You

Custom Log and Timber Homes

Custom Log Home DesignCustom Log Home Design Services from Footprint Log Homes will take you through the process of designing your home, so that you will be ready to start construction.

Making the Most of Custom Log Home Design Services

There are many different ways to communicate your ideas, wishes and dreams of the perfect home be it Log, Timber Frame, Swedish Cope or Hybrid (a mixture of different materials). Check out our Product Line to find the right one for you.

You may have a sketch showing the rough layout of rooms with dimensions and the square footage of the home. You may even just have a concept drawn on a napkin. One of our clients had a scrap book filled with ideas from when she was a child. You may choose to pick a floor plan from our web site or a concept you may have seen somewhere and then customize it to your liking.

Whatever stage you are at, the Footprint Log Homes design service will help you to achieve your goal.

You will receive views in both 2 and 3D of the log/timber work and the elevations. Customizing a home does not mean more money! Contact us to find out more.

Questions to Ask at a Log Home Show or When Touring a Model Home

Footprint Log and Timber Homes

A log home show is a great venue to see many different kinds of log homes all under one roof. Touring a model home is also a great opportunity to see what a log home looks and feels like. You may be eager to visualize your ideas in your home.

How do heating and cooling bills compare to a regular stick built home?

Log homes are naturally energy efficient, but an experienced company will be able to tell you how their logs and ceiling design will affect the temperature regulation of your log home.

What is the shrinkage allowance on your company’s log home?

Logs shrink as they age and lose moisture. Different companies may suggest that their logs shrink less than others because of various processes they put them through. The most important thing is that the company has put some thought into allowing your home to settle in ways that will not cause major structural damage or break a window or door.

How does a log home compare in the market place for re-sale?

A manufacturer may have a lot to say about this but remember that it’s all about your location! If you live in an area without many log or timber homes it will be difficult to compare sales and it may suggest that your pool of potential buyers is smaller. Many of the same re-sale issues that apply to stick homes apply also to log or timber homes; unusual designs may hurt you but excellent and consistent maintenance will always give your home a boost when and if it is time to sell.

What maintenance is required for a log home?

The sales person will give you a sense of the seasonal tasks to perform to make sure you home is standing up to the elements and will continue to do so.

How often will I have to re-stain the outside?

There is a difference between a full re-satin and a touch-up. Most likely you’ll only need to fully re-satin the logs after several years but more important than counting the years is knowing what logs look like when they need to be re-stained or when a simple touch-up will do.

Do I need to stain or treat the inside of the logs?

Most of the important treatment to your logs will be done on the outside but it is personal preference regarding the inside unless there is water or other damage done during construction. Remember, if you do stain the inside, make sure the stain is designed for INTERIOR use.

Will I need to chink my home?

This depends on the style log you choose. Typically a Swedish Cope or Hand Crafted log home will need to be chinked but other versions of the milled double tongue and groove logs do not. However, some home owners choose to chink their homes for the aesthetic look, even if it is not necessary.

What should I do about the ‘checks’ (cracks) in the logs?

Checks allow water to settle inside the wood, eventually causing the wood to rot. If the check is on the upper side of the log, fill it caulking to make it watertight again. The ones on the underside of the log are not as important as the water should run over. However, you may choose to do those also.

Now is the time to think about the long-term big picture. A log home is most likely the biggest investment you will make.

Contact us for more information about building a custom log or timber frame home.

What Do You Want from a Log Home Company?

Footprint Log and Timber Homes

What do I want in a Log Home CompanyWhat do you want from your log home company?

We believe a successful log or timber frame home project depends on two essential factors: a high quality product and outstanding customer service. You need both to achieve the home of your dreams.

Footprint Log Homes is a group of highly experienced professionals who have valuable experience in the log home industry. We focus on providing a high quality product. Along with excellent customer service, we have a winning combination.

The team at Footprint designs and engineers your home to meet your aesthetic and practical needs. We also deal with site-specific issues such as seismic conditions, snow loads, wind velocity, energy requirements, local building codes and much more.

Question?
“What would we want from a log home company?”

Answer!
Quality, Advice and Guidance.

Have questions? We have answers. We also created a Log and Timber home brochure to guide you along the way!

Contact us for your free PDF copy of our building guide.

Log Cabin Under Construction

Cozy Log Cabin

This log cabin, using the Sportsman floor plan, makes the most of available space. At 840 sq. ft., this cabin floor plan incorporates a separate bedroom and full bath. The cleverly designed kitchen includes bar seating, plus a separate dining area. The second story loft can be used for many different purposes — from relaxing to socializing to providing additional sleeping space.

The logs for this cabin were erected in less than 2 days. Our ‘Country Cut’ milled log is fully pre-cut and pre-drilled for electrical and the electric boxes cut in which means a lot less work on the job site when erecting the logs.

This cabin was customized slightly from the Sportsman Cabin and once finished will provide many years of happy memories for the homeowner and family.

Contact us for more information about how you can build your own custom log cabin.