Even if you've built a home in the past, construction of your log home is quite different from conventional construction.
As with any large project, planning and research is key to a home that meets your needs and stays within budget. Katahdin Cedar Log Homes has prepared this series of Home Buyer “How-to” articles to provide you with information and questions to ask, where to start your process and what to expect. It’s not an exhaustive list, as each building project has its own quirks, but Katahdin's years of experience show that building your log home can be easier than you think.
Buyer How To: Site Locations
Finding land or a lot site for your cedar log home can be challenging. If you haven’t yet located land, you’ll want to work with a broker in the area who understands the ins and outs of lots and land in your area. If you’re building in an area new to you, you’ll want to get a good picture of the climate as well — average snowfall and/or rain totals, temperature ranges, hours of daylight, potential for winds from hurricanes or strong storms. Here are some of the factors to consider when looking at land:
- Rules and Regulations. The broker will be able to identify sub-divisions where a log home is permitted under the covenants, ensure that the site is buildable, and will know the area where the site is located.
- History. Take a visit to the Register of Deeds to determine what the use of the land has been for the past 50 to 75 years. A well-forested area near a river might have been the site of a factory. In rural settings, a dairy or pig farm might have waste disposal issues that could affect water. Some rural areas have been used as informal local dumps for appliances and vehicles, which might also affect water quality.
- The Building Envelope. Walk the land – including the boundaries – to determine any potential issues that could affect where you site your home. Examine the features within the building envelope, the area that allows for setbacks, easements and other boundary issues. How you position your house within the building envelope is key to being able to fit the home to the landscape, maximize natural solar light and exposure, and orientation of the rooms within the home.
This is just the beginnig of your log home journey. Continue reading the full article about site locations, as well as other articles that will provide you with information on everything from planning, budgeting, permitting, and site preperation, to the day your logs are raised. All this and more is available in this Home Buyer "How-to" guide.
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