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.
- 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!