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How much does it cost to build a log home?

How much does it cost to build a log home?

 

Log homes are rustic and beautiful, and they can last a very long time. It is for these reasons and a number of other great benefits that many people choose to build log homes versus other types of homes. In fact, log homes are frequently selected over other types of homes such as brick, timber frames, stone, concrete, and others.

Bedford Cabin built by Spear Builders of Virginia in Spotsylvania, Virginia on the property at Stevenson Ridge.

Bedford Cabin built by Spear Builders of Virginia in Spotsylvania, Virginia on the property at Stevenson Ridge.

However, despite the many benefits of log homes, cost still needs to be assessed. This is to make sure that you can properly afford to construct a log home. Here are some factors that may impact the cost of your log home.

 

  1. Size of your log home

 

Obviously, the size of the home you are building will have a strong impact on the cost. The larger the home is that you want to build, the more it is going to cost. This is simply because more logs and other materials will have to be used to build the home, and these materials cost money.

 

  1. Type of wood used in your log home

 

Some types of wood cost more than others. This can be due to strength, rarity, aesthetic appeal, etc. So in order for you to calculate the cost of your log home, you will need to know which type of tree or trees that you will be using to get your logs for your log home.

 

  1. Log Home Design Style

 

The design that you decide to go with for your home can also have a major impact on the price. This is because some designs are significantly easier to construct than others are. The more complicated that your design is, the more difficult it can be to build. Thus it can cost more.

Metal Roof going on the log home in Charlottesville

Metal Roof going on the log home in Charlottesville

  1. Property costs

 

The specific plot of land that you build your home on can also dramatically impact the overall cost of the project. Land in certain towns and cities can be significantly more expensive than land in other towns and cities. The cost of hooking up sewer and power lines also must be factored in.

 

Log Cabin in Charlottesville, Virginia being built by Spear Builders of Virginia, Inc. in 2017

Log Cabin in Charlottesville, Virginia being built by Spear Builders of Virginia, Inc. in 2017

 

Pricing

 

The pricing for log homes can range from $45 per square foot all the way up to $345 per square foot. The less expensive side of this range is typically reserved for the cheaper options, and the more expensive side is reserved for the more complex and higher-end options.

The average amount of square footage for new homes built in the United States is currently around 2,687 square feet. This means that if you went with the less expensive options for your log home, and decided on an average size home that your log home would cost about $120,000. If you went with more expensive options, you would probably be looking at costs of around $200,000 – $500,000.

 

Of course, every home is unique, but it is safe to say that the bigger and the more complex that your log home is, the more it is going to cost. The cost will also be higher if you use premium wood and plan to build the home in a more expensive region, or neighborhood.

 

Thinking ahead

 

Although you may have been dreaming about your own beautiful log home for years, it is wise to know the costs before you get started with the project. After all, you don’t want to become committed to it only to discover that you will not be able to afford to finish the home. If you have any more questions about the costs of building a log home, please feel free to contact Spear Builders today. We can provide you with all of the information that you need. Your dream log home is waiting for you!

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