More common than Western Red Cedar from Canada, Spruce and Douglas Fir make beautiful log homes with more “locally sourced” timber. Due to the tall straight tree trunks, both make ideal house logs. The average diameter of 12-14” makes these ideal for almost any size home from a 900 sf cabin to a 4000 sf luxury home. The consistent size allows for design flexibility without overwhelming the space. There are a variety of corner details, chinking styles, and truss details to choose from with these log species. We rarely use Beetle Pine in the Ski Resort markets since our current Residential Code insulation requirements require a minimum 10” diameter log. We find the larger options with Spruce and Fir allow us to meet the R-factors and have longer runs with no butt joints.

We work with several suppliers depending on the look and feel of the home. We have partnered with National Suppliers from Montana and Idaho who offer stock floor plans in addition to full architectural services. These full-service log suppliers are best when you need help designing your home but have a qualified local General Contractor well versed in log construction, or you have one of their Stock Plans that fits your needs. These larger companies have a team to support you and have more automation which can be a time or cost savings to you. In addition they have the ability to handle a larger work-load and be more flexible with required deadlines and delivery dates to our clients.

We also work with some smaller hand-crafted log suppliers for both Full Hand Crafted Log Homes and Log Accenting in stick frame homes in Colorado and WY when you use a private architect team. These small crafters are limited to 3-4 projects per year, and have limited services beyond the crafting of the logs. However, they will use their own trucks and crane to deliver and reassemble the logs on your site. They are a good option for “homeowner builds” as they log supplier is also the one to erect the logs on site. They are also a great choice when the client is focused on “sustainability” and “greener” building practices. They typically have shorter trucking distances and source locally harvested timber. These smaller crafters have a harder time meeting specific timelines and deadlines due to the small nature of their businesses they may be more affected by weather and other factors and can require some flexibility by the homeowner.

The Time Lapse photography from October 2016 shows their crew at work in Breckenridge from Shavano Log Works.

Turn-key cost to build averages $375-$425/SF.


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