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How Much Does it Cost to Build a Log Cabin?

How Much Does it Cost to Build a Log Cabin?

The type of construction you choose will greatly affect the overall cost of your log home. Although there are hybrid methods, log homes generally fall into three categories: full scribe, post and beam, and timber frame.

Full Scribe

When you think of the typical rustic log cabin, you’re probably picturing full scribe construction. This consists of placing round-milled logs horizontally, stacked on top of one another and notched (interlocked) at the corners. The logs are then cemented together with chinking, a synthetic adhesive that locks out moisture and allows for settling and expansion. Due to the use of many large beams, this method of construction is typically the most expensive. The costs are less, however, if you select a home that is premade in an assembly yard. If the logs are to be milled on site, the costs are considerably more.

Estimated total cost (for a 2,500 square-foot home): #######

Estimated cost per square foot: ####

Post and Beam

With post and beam construction, the logs function mainly as the frame of the home. Many vertical logs (posts) support the weight of large horizontal logs (beams) that create the outer frame supporting the roof and walls. The walls are then filled in through tradition framing or with timber panels.

Aesthetically, these log homes have the appearance of blending features of traditional and modern log homes. If you’re looking for that mountain resort feel, this may be the type of construction for you. Price-wise, post and beam construction is middle-of-the-road, less than full scribe, but more than timber frame.

Estimated total cost (for a 2,500 square-foot home): #######

Estimated cost per square foot: ####

Other Factors Affecting Costs

In addition to the type of construction, several other factors will determine how much it will cost to build your log home. Here’s a list of other things to consider:

  • What species of timber will you use? (Cedar is generally more costly.)
  • Will you use pre-milled timber or have it milled on site? (It’s more costly to mill it on site.)
  • How large are the timber beams required by your design? (Larger beams are more expensive.)
  • Will you choose one of our designs or design your own? (Paying an architect to design your own costs considerably more.)
  • Will you have basic or extensive exterior and interior finishing?
  • Does the property require large-scale excavation to prepare for the foundation?
  • What type of roof will you put on?
  • How big will your deck be?

By considering the type of construction and these other common factors, you can much more accurately budget what it will cost to have that log home you’ve always dreamed of owning. Before long, you’ll find yourself breathing in that fresh mountain air on the weekends, and all the work and planning will have paid off. Your log home will be yours to enjoy for years to come!

If you’re interested to learn more, contact Log Homes Canada

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