There are many variables when building a home and even more so with a log home. Even with all the different options there are some average numbers that work well when trying to determine what you can afford. Below are some numbers that should help:
The Log Home Package
The log portion of your project will end up being 1/3 - 1/4 of your finished cost. That is to say if you spend $25,000 on your logs it will typically mean you have a home in the $75,000 to $100,000 range. It would be closer to 1/2 - 1/3 for a cabin. Log packages from Montana Timber Structures average between $20 - $35 per sq ft depending on log size and design.
A Log Package Dried-In
Depending on location, to have your log home "dried-in" will cost approximately $50 to $75 per sq ft. This would include your log package, having it stacked and the windows, doors, exterior framing and roof finished. This number can really fluctuate depending on where you are building, and the quality of materials used. .
The dried-in cost is affected by factors such as building site location, how much you do yourself, time of year, your individual taste and your proximity to contractors. The log package price is not usually affected by these things. It should be mentioned that these prices are for a milled log home and the prices for handcrafted homes can differ significantly. We do offer a draw-knife finish on our logs for those wanting a more rustic look at a milled log price.
The total price includes all logs profiled according to the Customer's final plans. Customer agrees it is his/her responsibility to ascertain the accuracy of the final plans when they are prepared by an independent designer/draftsman on customer's behalf and releases Montana Timber Structures, Inc. (herein MTS) from any liability therefrom.
Logs will be numbered and wrapped in marked bundles. Any defective logs or missing logs will be replaced at no charge by MTS. MTS reserves the right to determine log length/butt-joint locations (when necessary).
MTS upon request from customer will make arrangements with carrier (trucking company) for the delivery of customer's log package. Pricing and resulting sales of all products are FOB (Freight on Board); MTS's yard; Corvallis, Montana. Customer acknowledges that the handling and shipping of the product is the responsibility of the trucking company and releases MTS from any liability, including but not limited to, the securing of the product on the truck and the timely delivery of the same. The trucking company is responsible for the proper loading of the product and for obtaining the proper permits pursuant to the guidelines and regulations of the Department of Transportation.
Customer releases MTS from any liability for any inconvenience including downtime, inclement weather, delayed trucking, etc.
MTS provides the customer with a cut/stack sheet as a courtesy to assist the builder in the placement of the logs. It is not intended nor should it be used to replace the final plans.
Payment terms are 50% to procure the logs and to start processing them. A cashiers check is due for the final payment at the time of delivery and acceptance of the shipment (see below).
DUE TO FLUCTUATING TIMBER PRICES, ANY PENDING AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE THE CUSTOMER and MONTANA TIMBER STRUCTURES, INC. IS VALID FOR SIXTY (60) DAYS. THE QUOTED PRICE BECOMES LOCKED-IN UPON RECEIPT OF THE SIGNED AGREEMENT AND THE INITIAL PAYMENT FROM THE CUSTOMER.