September is moving right along and we have been busy with some Minnesota log home projects. The window has been cooperating for our re-staining and log home restoration projects. As summer winds down and we are getting closer to winter by the day, now is the time to start planning for your log home project for next spring. Getting your ideas and sketches taken to a plan takes some time. Once the plan is drawn there is time needed for making any needed changes. From there bids are gathered and the plans finalized. Budget is always a factor regardless of shape and size of your log home or log cabin you are planning. We are here to help you get to the plan you want while keeping the budget in line.
Here are a few log home planning tips to keep in mind:
Simplify – Simple and easy rooflines well help keep costs down in both materials and labor. Angles, bumpouts and dormers can add costs to the home without gaining a lot of square footage. Dormers can add some needed space for a loft closet and/or bathroom though and can be usable space though. The fewer corners on the footprint of the plan the better. A rectangle or square plan with four corners is the most economical and again saves on labor and materials along with concrete.
Double up on rooms – Combining kitchen/dining and living area on an open plan will save on square footage. We see this quite often in the log cabins we have built over the years. Another way of combining rooms is adding a laundry area in a bathroom.
Building up rather than out – If having all of your necessities on the first floor isn’t necessary then you can think about adding a loft or second story. Building up is adding some framing materials but you will see less costs in excavating, foundations and roofing which will keep your costs per square foot down a bit.
Here in Minnesota, log homes and cabins need to be built to code for wind sheer, snow loads and energy efficiency so these will be set costs that can’t be gotten around but some added costs are valid when it comes to increasing the efficiency of your log home. One of the more popular upgrades we see is spray foam insulation. It usually runs approximately double the cost of fiberglass but does save on energy bills and you will see a quicker return on investment with spray foam insulation over some other options.
For more information on Minnesota log home builders just head to the Edlund Construction website.