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Written by Spear Builders

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




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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Written by Deborah Hawkins

Log Home Building in Virginia Is Thriving

Log homes are very popular right now in Virginia. Throughout the earlier periods of American history, log homes were one of the only home building options for people who wanted to build good strong houses. However, even though many other methods of home building have come along since then, log home building is still extremely popular in Virginia.


There are many reasons why this is the case. Here are some of the top reasons why log home building is still a very popular home construction method.

  1. Beauty


The natural beauty of log homes is something that is very difficult to replicate with other materials and building methods. Log homes have a very pleasing aesthetic appeal that many people are quite fond of. They are both rustic, and strong looking. Many people value this look for their homes.


  1. Energy efficiency


In addition to their great beauty, log homes are very energy efficient. In fact, they are often constructed to have 30 percent more energy efficiency than is actually required by government regulations for home building. Part of the reason why this is the case is because log homes have something called “thermal mass.” Thermal mass is a property that allows logs to gather heat and radiate it back into the house. This means that log homes can be extremely cozy in the winter!

  1. Longevity


If a log home is constructed properly, it can comfortably last for hundreds of years. So, if you decide to go with a log home for your new property, you can rest assured, knowing that it will most likely last for a very, very long time. For many people, longevity is a very important aspect to consider when building a home.


  1. Peacefulness


Log homes often provide a sense of peacefulness and comfort that is difficult to replicate with other construction methods. There are several reasons why this is the case. First, log homes tend to be very good at muffling sound, which means that they can be very quiet and tranquil on the inside. Also, because log homes are made from logs that are often sourced in nearby forests, they can provide a sense of organic connection to the surrounding environment. This too, can help to increase the peaceful feeling associated with these homes.

  1. Strength


Strength is one of the single most important features of log homes. Log homes can be significantly stronger than homes made with other construction methods. This is because logs are very dense and thick. This makes them very durable and strong. Because of this, they can be very resistant to storms such as hurricanes and tornadoes. Log homes do not have hollow walls like many other types of homes do. There are even reports of the epicenter of an earthquake occurring just one thousand yards away from a log home, and the log home suffered no damage.



A trend that is likely to continue


Despite the fact that log homes are one of the oldest types of homes, they are likely to continue to be favored well into the future. All of the reasons listed in this article contribute to the strong log home trend in Virginia. Log homes have sheltered many American families since the country was founded in 1776.


It is very likely that they will continue to do so for centuries to come. If you are interested in building a log home on your property, please feel free to get in touch with us here at Spear Builders today. We can build an amazing log home for you to live in and that you will cherish into the future.


Other popular log home articles:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/where-we-live/wp/2016/06/07/todays-log-homes-arent-just-rustic-theyre-upscale/?utm_term=.834d807996d7 (Log cabins are now more modern and upscale than ever before)

http://mentalfloss.com/article/502292/one-americas-oldest-log-cabins-market (Americas oldest log cabin is up for sale!)

http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/local/rustic-university-of-mary-washington-campground-provides-different-kind-of/article_31646aa7-566c-5ab6-8cac-6af6dfb16930.html (Students built four log cabins as part of a summer project)