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Log house planning guide

10 steps to a log house

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Log house planning. You have decided to create a home with a healthy living environment in a modern log house – select a suitable project from our log house catalogue and ask for a price offer. Based on years of experience in log house planning, engineering, manufacturing and building, we offer you log house projects in the following categories:

  • Log house residence (1-storey residence, 2-storey residence)
  • Prefab kit house
  • Log cabins
  • Public log buildings (clubhouse, motel)
  • Log saunas

Building a log house

To help you plan your log home, we have compiled a guide on how to build a log house „10 steps to a log house“. These 10 steps to building a log house give an overview of what to consider while planning log house and what to take into account before starting the building process. “10 steps to a log house“ helps avoid possible unexpected surprises that may occur if an important detail is forgotten while planning a new log house.

You can find answers to the most relevant questions in the „Log house – Frequently Asked Questions“ section. If you need more information about building a log house, don’t hesitate to contact us via phone, fax or email.

To enable us to answer your questions even better, please inform us of your observations by filling out the feedback form. Your suggestions will help us offer even more interesting and enriched log house solutions in the future. Also, on the same form, you can let us know if there was any information about log houses you couldn’t find on our webpage. Or maybe you are interested in other types of prefabricated houses. This way we can improve the quality of our webpage and give more necessary info in the future.

1. Expectations of future log home

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  • Think about how you picture your future log home
  • List your dreams, wishes and ideas regarding your future log home
  • Discuss your ideas with other family members
  • What kind of rooms does the house need?
  • How are you planning to use the building (residence planning, summerhouse, clubhouse, etc.)?
  • What is the style of the new log house (modern, rustic, etc.)?
  • Which type of wood would you like – round or square log, solid or glued laminated log. Find out about log house technology.
  • Who would you like to involve in your project (architect, interior designer)
  • To get some ideas, view our standard log house projects and gallery of our log houses.

2. Choosing a plot

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While choosing a plot for your new home, make sure that it’s allowed to build a log house there. In addition, attention should be paid to the following points:

  • Size and shape of the plot (building area location, access roads, etc.)
  • What is the natural state of your plot (trees, terrain variation, rivers, lakes, etc.)?
  • Cardinal directions– how is the plot situated? This is helpful if you wish to enjoy the sunrise in the kitchen and dining area and see the sunset from your bedroom.
  • Does the plot have specific design demands (building permit, result of the geological research)?

3. Determining the initial price range

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Before building a log house, it is important to identify and analyse all costs associated with the project. The initial price may still vary by about 15%.

  • Price of the plot
  • Price of the foundation
  • Price of connecting the utilities – installing water and gas pipes, electricity cables, communication cables, and heating system.
  • Price of the house – there are 2 ways to get an initial price offer for a house:
    • When finding a suitable log house in our standard projects catalogue, fill out the form next to the house, and we will send you an automatic price offer.
    • If you have unique design ideas or a special project, please fill out the enquiry form, and we will make you a personal price offer.
  • Price of assembly
    • Different options for building a log house should be considered to determine the price of assembly.
  • Other expenses – engineering, transportation, surveillance of the log home construction site etc.
  • Preparing a budget based on these initial price offers.

4. Deciding on financing

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  • Financing by own resources or by a bank loan
  • Finding ways for stage financing
  • Reducing risks by manufacturer’s insurance

5. Preparing a project

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  • Finding a designer/engineer
  • Drawing up the preliminary design

6. Getting a building permit

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  • In order to start to log home construction, you need to obtain a building permit for your project.
  • Building permits are usually issued by local or regional government authorities. The process of getting a building permit varies significantly by region.
  • Please ask for more details from your local building permit authority.

7. Choosing a manufacturer

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While choosing a manufacturer for your log house, attention should be paid to the following points:

  • Trustworthiness – credit rating
  • Quality – materials and equipment used, certificates
  • Experience – previous projects
  • Services– Palmatin makes the house-building process significantly easier by offering clients a full service:
    • Designing
    • Manufacturing
    • Transportation
    • Assembly
  • Price-quality ratio– While comparing price offers from different manufacturers, be sure to consider the following points:
    • Equal or similar contents of offered packages
    • Equal quality of offered products
    • Equal volumes of the offered packages
    • Equal volumes of services provided
      • Are the materials packed in the order of assembly,
      • Will the manufacturer organize the transport,
      • Are assembly instructions included,
      • Are the materials on a stand and have weatherproof packaging,
      • Are the materials marked /labelled,
      • Etc
    • The equal completion level of offered products
      • Are the gable ends sawn according to the roof angle,
      • Are electrical drillings made inside the walls,
      • Are electrical outlet and socket holes made into the wall,
      • Does the wall have dovetail joints,
      • Etc

8. Building a log house

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  • By yourself – the most economical option, but the first encounter with a log house might be more difficult than expected. All options should be weighed before making a decision.
  • With a building supervisor – you will still be able to build the house yourself, but with the help of our experienced building supervisor, who will keep an eye on the building process and help where needed to ensure satisfaction with the result.
  • With a building team – our professional building team of 3 – 4 will build your house quickly and correctly.
  • Owner supervision with a building team – the purpose of owner supervision is to ensure the building is completed according to the plans, create technical documentation, ensuring the quality of construction and the correct construction.

9. Tips for choosing a builder

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  • Experience – does the builder have previous experience with log houses?
  • Construction licences (building company) – does the company have licences for construction?
  • Previous projects – does the company or builders have pictures of previous projects?
  • Background check – is the company or builder trustworthy?

10. Getting an Occupancy Permit

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  • Occupancy permits state that your building has been approved as being suitable for occupation.
  • The application for an occupancy permit is usually made to the authority that issued the building permit.
  • An occupancy permit does not necessarily state that all the building work has been completed nor that all the construction work complies with the relevant legislation.
  • An occupancy permit is issued when the building surveyor believes the house is suitable to occupy from a health and safety point of view.