The fastest, and normally least expensive, way to build your new log home is with modular construction. When using this approach, the home is pre-built in large sections in a factory, then shipped to your home site and set on the foundation with a large crane. Most homes can be erected and weather-tight in a single day! Log siding and interior wood finishes, along with mechanical systems, finish flooring, etc., are then installed on-site. Although a significant portion of the work is done at the factory, it will take a few more weeks to finish your home.
When talking about modular log homes, there are two distinct options.
The first is traditional modular home construction, which is a conventionally framed (2×6 and plywood) construction home with log siding and log or knotty pine interior finishes. We are very experienced with this style of construction, since one of our sister companies is Saratoga Modular Homes, and can show you dozens of previously built home plans or design one from scratch for you.
The second option is solid log modular construction. Although we haven’t worked with them yet, and thus cannot endorse them, we’ve had several conversations with a company that builds solid log modular homes. It’s certainly a unique concept, and while we have some concerns about how a solid log home would be affected by transportation we expect to complete our due diligence on them this winter.
One important factor when considering modular construction is site access. We would need to bring a 90+ ton crane, and very large tractor trailer(s), right to your foundation. If you’re building on a steep site, or one with restricted access, then modular construction may not be an option for you. But if we can get the trucks to your site, this is normally the least expensive option.