Jack 1.3 on October 20, 2003
What is a kit?
speaking with distributors like myself and home buyers
who are familiar with the log home industry, they will
refer to the kit or package or material package. What
is this kit?
Let me begin my explanation of the material package in
this way. Each company that sells log homes puts a different
set of log home materials in their kit or package. So,
the cost for the kit can vary considerably from one company
to another. On top of that, it can be a challenge to compare
one company with another. But wait, there is more. The
quality of materials that go in these kits can range from
high, to standard, to below grade.
With that in mind, let us continue. The material package
sold is somewhat unique in our industry. It contains ALL
of the materials needed to dry-in the home. This dry-in
package completes the shell. The shell is done when the
walls are up, the exterior doors and windows are in place,
and the roof system is complete, including shingles or
other roofing options.
How much does a material package cost? In general terms,
it represents about 1/3 of the cost of a log home. This
estimate can be used in some places like Smith Mountain
Lake but not all geographic areas. Another 1/3 of the
cost will finish the inside and another 1/3 is for construction.
Please keep in mind that these are ESTIMATES. Cost can
vary considerably based on construction costs as well
as the types of windows, roof material, fire places, decks,
exposed beams not to mention sink and tub fixtures, garden
tubs, a finished basement, garage and other niceties.
The cost of a log home can be ESTIMATED to cost between
$100 and $125 a square foot on a crawl space. Among the
items not included in this figure are the land, site preparation,
driveways, well, septic system, fire places, garages,
finished basements, foundation covering, stairs and decks.
OPEN HOUSE November 8, 2003:
In cooperation with Smith Mountain Lake Properties, will
hold an Open House at our just completed Isle of Pines
log home. It
will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday November
8, 2003. Jack Hutslar
will be there to answer questions about designs, material
packages, the construction process and costs. Feel free
to invite potential log home buyers. Realtors are invited
too. We will not run off with your clients.
Have a question . . . Please feel free to email questions
to me and I will answer them in future issues - using
only your initials, of course.
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