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Depending on both where you're building and the extent to which you are involved in the construction process (i.e. acting as your own General Contractor, doing some of the labor yourself), the cost per square foot of living area might well be under $100. Or it might range from $120-$150 per square foot of living area (plus porches, decks, garage, etc.).
Our quickest turnaround time from the date of order to the date of delivery can be as little as 60-90 days. However most customers order a bit further in advance to allow them to deal with local and site issues while we work on design and layout changes; the average is more like 4-6 months for such customers. And, of course, we regularly have promotions that allow you to lock in on today's pricing for delivery one, two, even three years away.
a. All treated material that connects the foundation to the floor system or outside decks;
b. First floor system and sill plate (second floor system where applicable);
c. All pre-cut and numbered exterior wall logs and log wall accessories;
d. All interior partition framing;
e. The entire roof system, including framing, sheathing, 30# synthetic, non-bleed roof underlayment, fascia, soffit, soffit vents, ridge vent, drip edge, and, if applicable, valley flashing - all you provide are the roof shingles;
f. Second story wall, gable end, and dormer wall framing, including house wrap;
g. Matching log siding for skirt, second level walls (including gable ends and dormer walls), and precut false solid log corners where applicable;
h. Insulated, Low-E windows and choice of solid wood, steel insulated, or stain-grade fiberglass insulated exterior doors;
i. All exterior deck systems, including 2x treated framing, 5/4" x 6" premium treated decking, and White Cedar handcrafted rail systems;
The most accurate answer, of course, is anything that's not on our applicable Materials List. But, in general, the issues and materials you will be responsible for include:
a. Excavation, Foundation, Supports to grade;
b. Roof shingles or metal roofing, fixed glass in upper gables;
c. Exterior stairs/stair rails to grade (unless added to your eLogHomes Material Package once distances to grades known);
d. Mechanical systems;
e. Finished flooring, framed interior wall coverings, finished stairs;
f. Floor, roof, and 2nd level exterior wall insulation;
g. Installation of eLogHomes supplied interior stair/loft rail systems;
h. Plumbing and lighting fixtures;
i. Cabinets, vanities, appliances;
j. Preservative for exterior log and log sided walls;
k. Driveway, landscaping.
You can certainly check with your local Home Builder's Association and/or Chamber of Commerce for recommendations. Or once your order has been placed, our Customer Service Department can do much of that research for you and provide you with some choices for you to contact and check out.
We do! Our “built" package includes eLogHomes being responsible for the erection of the exterior shell package on your foundation.
On a per square foot of all under roof area, our Materials Packages start as low as $23.00 per SF and average about $31.00 per SF - any exterior, open decks are included in the amount, though not in the square footage of under roof area.
Eastern White Pine is the species we use exclusively for our log walls and log siding. In our opinion, Eastern White Pine is the best species for log walls because of its;
Moderate Checking
Superb Workability
Solid Knots
Superior Stability
High Insulation Value
The log home shell erector (a service we DO offer) will drill the logs as they are set in place for your perimeter wall outlets on the first level and your wall switches by entry doors. Then, provided an electrical box is on site to use as a template, the logs are notched out for the box. So, by the time the shell is complete the log walls are electrician ready. Neither plumbing supply nor drain lines should be installed in an exterior wall, whether those walls are log or framed.
The Gold Premium Materials Package incorporates the following upgrades to the Silver Complete Materials Package
a. Low-E, insulated wood windows and patio doors are upgraded to Andersen Series 400 Vinyl Clad units;
b. 4x6 porch posts are upgraded to 8"-14" diameter Handcrafted Log porch posts;
c. Soffits and porch ceilings are upgraded from 3/8" rough sawn plywood to 1x6 White Pine T&G V-Notch paneling;
d. Gable end overhangs are extended from 12" to 24";
e. Final Blueprints sealed by an engineer licensed in your state.
If we were to ship you unframed plate glass for your upper gables - far and away the most economical approach - your problem would be finding a local installer - a specialized professional - willing to both install the glass and accept responsibility for its performance. Or if we were to have the glass instead framed at the window factory to make installation by a log home shell erector practical, you'd be paying for the extra and unnecessary materials and labor to have that glass window factory framed.
That is not a service we offer but our Customer Service Department can, once your order is received, help you locate an experienced, reputable General Contractor in your area.
The actual R-Factor is not particularly helpful in either comparing solid log walls to other types of construction OR in showing, through the US Department of Energy's REScheck program, that a log home will meet the applicable state or local energy code. The latter is a service that your eLogHomes' Customer Service Representative can provide you at no charge (and we've never failed to meet one yet!). The former is better understood in relation to a comparative study done by the National Association of Home Builders' Research Center in which an eLogHome, with a nominal 6" log wall, was shown to have a predicted annual energy use 7.4% below that of the computer model - a stick built home constructed in accordance with the New York Energy Code, one of the most stringent in the nation.
Log homes certainly can be. However our materials packages do not include any items that are specifically related to an active solar energy system. Adding solar panels and/or other active solar energy items is something that you should consult with your HVAC sub-contractor about, or with a solar energy specialist. Indeed, you may well find that the solid log walls offer some benefit due to their ability to store energy and re-radiate it back.
No, our logs are intentionally not treated as half of each log will be inside your house for years and years to come. And any treatment that's suitable for preserving the exterior is not necessarily one that ought to be applied to interior surfaces.
Because log homes are so obviously wood, it's a common misconception that they are more prone to termite infestation than other types of homes. That's actually not at all true. Subterranean termites - the type found in the continental US - attack from the ground up and, thus, head for the wood closest to the ground. In nearly all types of homes - brick, wood sided, vinyl sided, log, etc., that's the first floor system. To protect your home, regardless of type, from such attacks there are three things that should be done;
a. Treat your ground before you start building - this may even be required where you will be building;
b. Install a termite shield between the top of the foundation wall and the sill plate - this stops termites from every gaining access to any wooden areas;
c. Contract with a local termite inspection company for annual or semi-annual inspections.
Our logs are graded by a trained log grader to insure that each and every piece meets or exceeds the industry standards for solidity, slope of grain, number and size of knots, etc, AND our own standards for appearance. And we do it not once, but twice! First, when the logs are actually shaped and profiled and again when the logs are ready to be unitized for shipment. Quality logs are our goal and we take the steps to insure it.
We certainly do! The logs are double-checked - both when each log is cut and, as applicable, notched per the precut instructions and again when the logs are unitized for shipment - and the quality of our precision cutting can't be matched on-site. Beyond that we double check the quantities specified for all other materials (i.e. framing, sheathing, log siding, etc.) and spot check units for quality.
We precut and number our wall logs inside and using machinery designed for that purpose rather than expecting and/or hoping that a builder can achieve the proper, precise cuts while dealing with the elements and the difficulty of setting up the proper equipment on-site. Add to that the fact that we double check here as well - both when each log is cut and, as applicable, notched per the precut instructions and again when the logs are unitized for shipment - and the quality of our precision cutting can't be matched on-site.
For an average-sized home (1700-1900 SF) the shell package itself is typically completed within 2-3 weeks (or less!), weather permitting and by an experienced crew. The entire project, as with any type of house, will likely take 3-5 months all told.
You most certainly can. Of course issues such as bearing partitions, point loads, window/door sizing and locations may need to be addressed, but either your Log Home Planning Consultant or assigned Customer Service Representative can walk you through those and provide you with any pricing impact (up or down).
You do. Initially Preliminary Blueprints (elevations and floor plans only) are provided to offer you the opportunity to mark any desired changes, each of which will be priced and approved by you before they are implemented. If the scope or complexity of your desired and approved changes dictates, Revised Preliminary Blueprints will be prepared so that by the time Final Blueprints are launched all changes have been seem and approved. Final Blueprints, which include elevations, floor plans, foundation plan, floor and roof framing plans, building section, and all applicable details, are then drawn for your approval. Ultimately, 5 complete sets of Final Blueprints are provided to you.
eLogHomes began operations in 2009 with a team of experienced log home professionals, each of whose years in the industry range from 20-35 years.
We recommend a 6,000 lb capacity forklift with all terrain tires (so a flat tire doesn't bring the unloading process to a screeching halt!). However equipment such as a lull, backhoe, or front end loader can be used. The only things to be aware of there is that the equipment can handle up to 6,000 lbs without tipping over and, if unloading from the top rather than the bottom of each unit of material (as a forklift would do), use straps and not chains.
It need not be. After all; The solid log is hard to get started, as any one who's ever tried to start a campfire with no kindling can attest to; and
With no cavities in the log walls, such as is the case in framed walls, there is no “flue" effect so the logs will burn much more slowly. Thus any damage caused by any fire will be less extensive than for a stick-built home.
If your insurance carrier or agent is unfamiliar with these aspects of solid wood buildings and/or is seeking to penalize you because of your choice, your eLogHomes Customer Service Representative can provide the flame spread data that will likely help you obtain homeowner's insurance at no greater cost than for any other type house.
Every log home materials package includes our Lifetime Limited Warranty - your log wall materials are warranted to be free of defects in material and/or workmanship for the lifetime of the original owner. The complete Warranty is shown under our “Why eLogHomes?" section.
In the eastern half of the US, our freight charges are calculated from one of three different FOB points. Even though all shipments originate from our North Carolina plant, we use fictitious points of origin to reduce those freight charges, which means we are typically subsidizing your freight costs. In the western US the prices on our website already include an allowance for freight charges - nothing more is added to them.
Many of our customers successfully use local lenders as log homes came out of the woods, so to speak, years ago. But for those customers without access to such local sources, we have established relationships with both regional and nationwide lenders that can tapped for any eLogHomes customer. Naturally, defining just what you want to build (i.e. model, layout, etc) and where needs to be nailed down before it makes any sense to being the financing application process. And when that's done, we'll put you directly in touch with one of our third-party lenders so the process can start smoothly and end in success!

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Although our logs are air-dried to the point where any shrinkage or settling is minimal, or even non-existent, there are nonetheless several techniques we use to offset even that low potential for log movement;
Relief in the double tongue and groove polyfoam gasket system between each log course allows the gasket to maintain its “memory" and spring back to fill any gap;
Self-tapping lag screws with a flange allow the logs to settle without getting hung up by the lag screws;
Window bucks and interior partitions connecting to the log wall are prepared, on site, with slip joints so the logs can slide down without racking windows/doors or cracking sheetrock.
We certainly can. And we can do it with either structural members or the more economical, but no less dramatic, decorative rafters - which themselves are solid wood!
Our homes are designed in accordance with the current International Residential Code (IRC) and meet, or exceed, all related minimum standards. Most areas use some version of the IRC, and/or incorporate its standards into their own. However, from time to time, there are local requirements which, once we are notified, we can accommodate with, typically, little if any added cost.
That's very possible. In fact we caution every customer that, if there's any question about site accessibility, an alternate unloading site should be identified prior to the arrival of the delivery truck(s). Each driver is responsible for his or her equipment, safety, the safety of others at the unloading site, and also bears in mind the possibility of damaging the road or any other property. So he or she makes the call when they arrive and check out the access, the unloading area, and the egress.
There are several reasons but the three main reasons are;
a. Having such materials sit on the job site for the weeks, or longer, that it will be before the interior is ready for those materials runs the risk of having them deteriorate, become damaged, or walk off;
b. We simply would not be in a position to offer the range of selection most buyers would prefer to see for kitchen cabinets, vanities, appliances, and the like;
c. Those types of materials are almost universally installed by sub-contractors expecting that they will be supplying both the materials and the labor - finding sub-contractors to install these materials that you've obtained elsewhere would be difficult at best; finding any willing to do so at a reasonable cost would likely be impossible.
While we're not perfect, our quality control program is designed to make sure of just that. And, since we recognize that no system is 100% accurate, we add a quantity of extra materials to each order to help mitigate those rare instances when we might have missed something. The most important thing you can do is to use the Packing List/Intended Use List that arrives with your delivery to (a) check off that all materials listed have been received and (b) insure that all materials are used for the specific use, and in the specific area, intended.
Any competent carpenter and experienced framer will have no trouble with the erection of our materials package as long as he or she will take the time to both review all the instructional material we provide and to set the first log course - and every log course - properly. However if those qualifications and/or that willingness are absent, building any home, log or otherwise, is not something you should consider doing.
Before we wrap each unit of material, we take photographs here at our plant. We then number each unit and mark on each just what materials are in that unit - and take another photograph. So if something is reported missing, we check the Packing List (to make sure we specified the correct quantity) and our photographs to insure that we loaded those materials. If our Packing List shows we missed something, we will replace the material at our expense. Likewise, if our photographs don't prove to us that we loaded the material, we'll conclude that we didn't and replace the material at our expense. For broken material, we will ask that you send photographs of the material (with something that shows scale if required). We'll check those against our own photos to determine, as best we can, when and how the material became damaged and, if it's clear we shipped the material in that condition, we will repair or replace it at our expense.
Once the log walls are up and the log siding (skirt, gable ends, dormer walls) is installed, the exterior walls are ready for treatment. In fact it may be easier to apply the preservative and stain before the windows and doors are installed as long as (a) it won't interfere with the progress of the remaining shell erection and (b) the window/door openings are covered - plastic sheeting stapled to the butt ends of the logs inside each opening - to prevent spraying inside. If the exterior treatment is to occur only after the installation of windows and exterior doors, the units themselves need to be protected. But be sure that the exterior window/door trim is also treated.