How Long Until I Move into My Log Home?

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.


  • 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!