True Log Home Faqs
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a “True Log Home Package”
When you purchase a log package kit from us, you are not purchasing a shipment of random
length logs. The house is peeled, cut, scribed, notched and built in our yard before being
unassembled and shipped. True Log home or cabin packages contain everything a person needs,
log wise, that’s included on your chosen plans. Porch supports, log walls, any second floor log
joists, log ridge pole, log purlins or log rafters are all sized according to plans.
I have narrowed my floor-plans down, what’s next?
Give Jesse or Jim a call or email, and we will give you a free quote tailored for your plan.
When do I receive my “blueprints”?
After signing contracts and a deposit we will give you the blueprints so you can get your local
building-permit and shop for a quality local contractor for the concrete and finish work
(constructing the doors, windows, roofing, flooring etc.). While your local contractor is doing
your dirt-work and concrete we will be building your log package at our yard! When the package
is finished. True Log Homes will make arrangements with you for the best time to ship your log
project and erect it on your site!
How long does my handcrafted log cabin/home package it take to build?
Construction time varies by complexities of roof systems and square footage size but generally
we ship 4-8 weeks after the contracts are signed and a deposit is made!
Tell me about shipping…
After the log package is hand-crafted at our facility, it is numbered, disassembled and loaded
onto our trucks and shipped to the building site. We will absolutely ship and set-up for you and
that cost is depending on FOB Grangeville ID, and is listed underneath the square footage
package price in your bid.
How long does it take you to “set-up” on my foundation?
The usual assembly time is about 8 hours per 1,000 square feet of home. This time will vary
depending on the complexity of the log design and the physical characteristics of the building
How much money can I expect to spend on finishing my log home?
The finish cost for log homes and log cabins vary. After submitting log home plans to your
general contractor, you should be able to obtain a complete bid. Expect to see the roofing
materials, first floor joists, framed interior partitions, door and window buck trim, heating,
plumbing and electrical and all flooring and staining. If your more of a do-it- yourselfer, you may
want to “general” the project yourself. Did you know that you can take your home plans to a
local hardware store and get a material cost list for free? For local projects, True Log Homes can
general contract your project to "dry-in" or completely finish your log home project. The cost of
a completed home is comparable to a completed conventional home in your area, however large
savings in labor costs are common for the owner-builder.
What if I want exposed log timbers or rafters?
All of our log-packages include the timbers and rafters in the plan-set, but if you’re looking for
strictly accents for your home just contact us!
True Log Homes plans are designed to meet or exceed the building code national standards.
(Council of American Building Officials) Occasionally a customer lives in an area where there is
high snow load or wind and has a need for an engineered stamped plan set and we can help
through that process and can definitely accommodate that in building the log package by making
the engineer specified changes.
Where do I go for a building permit?
The planning and zoning department for the county you would like to build in.
I chose a plan I loved but want the closet larger? Can I customize?
Absolutely! Any of our plans can be customized by our designer.
Let’s talk money, what do you charge a square foot of log home?
We can give you a free estimate once you know what plan type you’re interested in. Price is
dependent on log size, wood species preference and roof system complexity. Shipping and setup
will be in addition to square footage price, but we can give you a quote! If your build is within
50 miles of us shipping and setup can be free! Email us a pic of your plan and your build location
and we can get you a free quote fairly quickly!
What type of foundation?
The foundation to support a log home is usually an 8" wide stem wall with 2 ft wide X 8" footing
with approximately a 16" X 16" rebar grid. This is the responsibility of the Owner or Contractor.
In the chinked style home, the first course of logs is connected with ¾" threaded rod imbedded
into the cement wall at least 8" fixed with approved epoxy at 6 ft OC. The walls are then pinned
with ¾" X 21" steel rods at 4 foot OC and at window and door openings.
For the Swedish cope method, the logs are bolted with ¾" threaded rod from the foundation to
the top course. We use Fiberglass or RX sealant between logs in the Swedish cope method.
What else should I mention in asking for my free quote?
We offer lots of extra rustic touches! Optional log package materials include: log railing
materials, half-logs or 3-inch thick treads for stairs, blued pined tongue and groove for 2 nd floor
decking and soffit, insulation, and chinking materials, live edge “wiggle-wood” siding for your
eaves and gables, rough-cut batten board siding for your eaves and gables, log or rough-cut
lumber window and door trim.
Where do your logs come from?
We primarily source our logs from the area in which we live, Idaho! Many other log home
manufacturers import wood from our well-managed forests but we’re lucky enough to be in the
center of high quality, dead-standing lodge-pole pine! We have shipped cedar flared root logs to
incorporate into our truss systems from the coast of Washington as well!
Who do you recommend for financing my home package?
Local Credit Unions are very good at offering construction loans! There are a lot of financing
options out there online as well!
Are their health benefits associated with living in a log home?
Often people feel that being surrounded by natural log walls adds a fresh smell and reduces
allergies and asthma.
What kind of upkeep should I expect?
We recommend that you inspect the exterior of your home yearly. Look for any failed chinking
or caulking and check the exterior stain for durability. One easy way of testing is to spray water
onto the sealed log, if the log turns a darker color then you know it’s time to re-apply sealant. We
recommend using quality stain/sealing products and not cheap, local store brands. It often makes
the difference in years of use.
BUILDING WITH LOG FAQS
Logs are a rustic materials and some logs will check, twist, shrink or have worm or bug marks,
settle and perhaps develop some sap stain in the process of drying. TRUE LOG HOMES does a
great deal to minimize these things but is not responsible if they occur. In the full scribe or
Swedish cope method, the logs shrink about 1/2" per log foot. In the chinked style the shrinking
is minimal and depends on how green the logs are.
Energy Efficiency of Log Homes and Cabins
For years, people that live in log homes testify to a greater level of comfort and less energy usage
than those in a stick framed home. The simple explanation is thermal mass, meaning the logs
store and radiate heat slowly, acting as a thermal battery. This is why R-Value alone isn’t a
perfect measure of a log’s energy performance. This benefit is found in the ‘’International
Energy Conservation Code” published by ICC and adopted by both state and local authorities.
This energy code specifies the provisions for “mass walls”.
Are log Homes more expensive compared to stick built?
A custom log-home will be, price-wise, comparable to a custom framed-home in your area.
Owner-builders often see savings in construction costs.