From cozy log cabins to palatial log villas.

The design elements that you choose such as its look, size, and energy efficiency will determine the materials and labor required and ultimately the cost. Whatever home design you have in mind, we can work with you to produce a “buildable” plan. We then use this plan to determine an accurate price based on the following considerations:

  • American Log Home Design

    Design and Construction Style of your Project

  • American Log Home Design

    Log Species and Assembly Details

  • American Log Home Design

    Volume of Logs and Shipping Destination

Floor Plan Designs

Browse through our sample 3d log home floor plans to get a feel for the designs that are available. Stock plans start around $1000 and if required, we can also recommend designers if you want to create your own custom floor plan.

Construction Style

How your home is assembled influences its engineering, finishing, and maintenance expectations. You can choose from the various styles of log home construction:

  • Style

  • Volume of Logs and/or TimberVolume of Logs and/or Timber
  • Full Scribe

  • Volume of Logs and/or TimberHighest
  • Chinked

  • Volume of Logs and/or TimberSame as Full Scribe
  • Hybrid

  • Volume of Logs and/or TimberLess than Full Scribe, More than Post & Beam
  • Post & Beam

  • Volume of Logs and/or TimberLess than Full Scribe or Chinked
  • Timber Frame

  • Volume of Logs and/or TimberVaries by Design and Local Codes
  • Log Decor or Accent

  • Volume of Logs and/or TimberDepends on number, size of pieces and log species

Log Species

We recommend buying the best logs you can – any other element can be upgraded later. Better logs return their value in thermal performance, maintenance and resale not to mention aesthetic quality.

We use only premium quality logs

Below is a comparison of some of the more popular types of wood available.

  • Log Species

  • Main Features
    Main Features
  • Western Red Cedar

  • Main Features
    Best overall type. Does well in all settings, excellent stability. Old growth checks less and has less moisture and tension than other species, more stable and naturally resistant to decay.
  • Douglas Fir

  • Main Features
    Strongest available wood. Good for structural elements such as floor and roof beams.
  • Standing Dead Pine

  • Main Features
    Seen as the ethical or environmental choice for wood however there is a short window of opportunity to utilize the tree after beetle attack.

Assembly Details

Handcrafted vs Machined Logs

In the log home industry there are two different approaches – handcrafted and machined. We specialize in handcrafted logs, using the full log and cutting away only what is necessary in order to retain each log’s unique shape, beauty and strength. A machined log is milled to create uniformity. Markus started his career years ago with machined log home builders and quickly understood the many advantages of traditional handcrafted log homes over the machined ones.

Notch Style

A notch style refers to how the logs fit together at the corners. Notches are integral to the structural stability of the building.

Although we work with a variety of styles, the best notch technically speaking is the diamond notch – it takes more work but outperforms other styles.

Scribing

When fitting the logs together, a lengthwise groove is cut on the underside of each log, so they nest tightly together, to keep the weather out.

We take the trouble to ‘over-scribe’ – an industry best practice – to ensure the logs attain their tightest fit after seasoning for a few years. A straight ‘scribed’ log joint is cheaper, easier, and quicker to assemble but can open up with drying so be sure to ask about this important detail.

Gasketing

For best protection from the elements we recommend gasketing, (a long seal that is inserted in the underside scribed grooves of the logs and in the notches) especially in areas of high winds or temperature extremes. Different gasket materials are available, the best being bi-cellular polyethylene foam. It generally costs more than other gasket options and insulation types but it pays off in efficiency. Treated sheep’s wool is an excellent choice for augmenting the gaskets in the notches.

Volume of Logs

We price our homes by the volume of wood used rather than on a per-square-foot basis. Generally speaking, the more wood you need the higher the cost.

The example below illustrates how this works:

  • Plan 1: This home is a simple 30′x40′ log ‘shell’ with four corners and no interior log walls.
  • Plan 2: This home is a slightly more complex 30′x40′ log ‘shell’ with eight corners and an interior log wall. This configuration results in a much more stable building, requiring nearly twice the wood and twice the labor as in Plan 1, but with the same area or footprint.

Shipping

We ship roughly 1,000 sq feet of floor area in the Full Scribe style per truck. Other building styles use less timber so more floor area can be shipped per truck. Western Red Cedar is much lighter than Douglas Fir. This sometimes means that the higher cost of cedar logs can be offset by a savings on shipping.