Custom Log Home Design Services
Most of our customers typically take advantage of our Custom Design Services. Our goal is to get you into a home that is exactly the way you want it. It is a matter of hours and or days to communicate back and forth, and you help us come up with a final design that you are happy with. Use a design sketched on a napkin, another home design you like, or get started with one of our designs and tweak it to your liking. The strongest, least expensive and best designs are ours of course, but we will work with you!
Initially we try to approximate the final cost using samples we have done on similar homes with the same footage, and if it looks good to you, we start tweaking your design. Our final bid is based on the exact material needed, with extra material added where needed, and not too much, but not to little. Our premium material helps keep loss down, but we try to estimate usage on the design, and count virtually all lumber, beams and logs. We have this down.
Our designs are done by designers, not architects. We are builders, not paper tigers. We design for efficiency, and do care about costs! We have had many models engineered, and this is optional. We can electronically send an engineer our files for calculations in several formats, and our software is state-of-the-art! Engineering might cost from a few hundred to a few thousand, and needs to be done by one licensed in your state. This is not done unless required by code or requested by you, and is at your cost. We do not charge you to update our plans, in fact, we welcome it, especially with custom designs. Engineering if needed is usually about .50 to 1. per square foot.
We try to give you good bang for the buck, so when a certain design change can be costly in materials or support, we will try to go over other options. Most interior walls and window combinations do not affect the structure, and we can open areas up using beams instead of bearing walls, at little or no extra cost in materials. Our goal is to give you a beautiful, worry free home that has the footage you need, the placement of walls, the layout and wow appeal that you want as well as being functional and pleasing to the eye and pocketbook.
Print out a plan. Mark it up. Send it to us by mail, fax or E-mail, and we get started. Send us anything you have and get a great looking 3d look at what you want, not an old blueprint like everyone else has. Elevations just canít show what a 3d can, and we can show any angle in full color. We bid your material package, do a turn key estimate, and provide 2 sets of plans for the financing, overnighted. For a customized design and bid that does not change a footprint or structure of one of our homes, the design is FAST! Your fully customized design is free, but we do have a small reservation fee of $800. if you do not go through with the package after we have designed it, bid it, estimated the turn key, and overnighted a sales agreement. We cannot design a custom home, bid all the materials, do a turn key estimate for nothing! Thanks for understanding. That is why we verbally estimate the projects first to get an idea of the package price and an approximate turn key for you. If it fits, we move forward, and as fast or slow as you want us to.