What We Learned from Building a Log Home

New log-home owners gave us the lowdown on their building experiences.

In the June issue of Log Home Living, new log-home owners gave us the lowdown on their building experiences. They also commented on how they’ve grown accustomed to their new homes—now learn more about how they got there. And don’t forget to check out their floorplans.

Homeowners: Jeff and Schelly Olson
Location: Grand Lake, Colorado
Square Footage: 4,100
Their advice: If they had to do it all over again, “We would have added more storage and closet space,” says Schelly. “We’d also like a main-level laundry/mud room—we have lots of stairs to climb. A larger master bedroom would make a huge difference. Our kids each have twice the space we have!”

Homeowners: Bernie and Penny Klotz
Location: Rock Lake, Wisconsin
Square Footage: 4,100
Their advice: “Keep records of when you stain the home,” says Penny. “With the light color we used on the exterior, we have to apply stain every three years—but it’s worth it, as the home always looks brand new.”

Homeowners: Tom and Shirley Bruce
Location: Denton, North Carolina
Square Footage: 6,500
Their advice: “Make sure you find a quality log manufacturer that will work with you and understand how to make the impossible, possible,” says Tom. “The company should have engineering capability to do more than just sell you a package. Log-company reps visited our job site with their field technicians and showed our carpenters tricks to install their product. The company also worked closely with our local engineers when we had challenges. Also, be patient. It’s exciting to finally build the house you always dreamed about, but remember that it takes three times longer to build a log home than something stick-built. There are things unique to a log home that, if they aren’t done correctly the first time, will haunt you for years—these include things like flashing and overhangs.”