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.


  • 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


  • 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