Things have been busy here at Edlund Construction this summer but this week we have been dodging the wet weather as much as possible. We have a couple of log restoration projects going right now and this rain has made things challenging.
For new construction of a log home here in Minnesota we can help you with site planning and prep as well as plans, getting the project bid and getting it built to completion for you to move in. Half log or full log? Well….we build both but the final decision is up to you. Some years we build more full log homes, other years we see more half log or sometimes called split log homes built. Over all we can say it is pretty close to a 50/50 split. Neither is “better” but one or the other will be the right one for you. If you want a lot of interior log throughout the home or cabin then you may wan to consider full log. Building with split log construction and adding interior log throughout can add costs in both material and labor. We can work with you on these decisions so you are comfortable going the route you choose. With full log construction the interior walls are all framed so you still have the option of knotty pine or drywall in those areas. We see quite a few people go with a mix of both, even in full log homes. Some are concerned with settling of full log walls. Yes, full log walls will settle but we take that into account and allow for settling as we stack the log walls. Door and window bucks are slotted as are framed walls where they attach to the log walls. Some have heard myths that full log homes are hard to plumb and wire. We use framed walls for the plumbing supplies and venting and our electricians understand our building systems and are experienced in full log construction.
Whether you are building a smaller log cabin or a large log home we can help you out from concept to completion. Head to our website for more information on our log products, log home builder service and log home builders in Minnesota
It has been a busy few weeks here now that the weather has finally gotten a bit more cooperative. Part of planning a log home is figuring out costs involved. In an earlier blog I touched on build costs but only mentioned other costs that will be part of the project. Usually when budgets are talked about square footage costs are mentioned that is usually starting with excavating on up and doesn’t include items such as appliances. Outside of actual build costs there will be lot clearing. Lot clearing can consist of tree cutting, grubbing the stumps out of the ground and hauling them off site. Driveways are another consideration. A majority of driveways we work with are graveled but some areas we built in require blacktop. Long driveways, black top or concrete can add to the budget pretty quick. Culverts and erosion control are site specific but need to be accounted for. Unless you are building off the grid you are going to have to allow for electric service. The power company usually will have a per foot fee along with paying for the transformer. For long runs, they usually discount the rate a bit after 1000′ or so. Each power company is different but you can expect approximately $300 to get started and a rate of $5.00 or $6.00/foot for the line to be ran in. Figure out which power company services your area and go to their website or give them a call. Many people are opting to go without hardwired phones. However, so many locations we build homes in Minnesota and Wisconsin have borderline cell coverage. Again, consult your phone company for rates, they vary quite a bit. Wells are very site specific due to rocks and depth needed. We see a lot of wells in the $5500 to $6500 range but have seen them go as high as $25,000. We have worked with well drillers throughout both states and can help you get an accurate estimate of well costs. Septics are the same. They are site specific and designed for your house plan and the soil conditions on your site. A conventional at grade system can be $6500 to $7500 depending on house size and above grade mound systems can be $10,000 or more. Excavating costs are very hard to estimate in some areas we build in. Northeastern Minnesota is a perfect example. That glacial area can range from exposed slab rock to sand and can change very quickly from neighbor to neighbor in some areas. Steep lots can also add costs due to the need for retaining walls.
These are some of the extra costs that need to be accounted for in your log home budget. Thanks for taking the time to read this blog and feel free to call or email if you have any other questions. You can also head to Edlund Construction too. Summer is here and there is still time to plan for your fall log home start.