There are so many folks out there just waiting to build or buy their dream home. Regardless of location, design, or style, the first concern people have is the following: What on earth is the starting point?
The reality is that there are so many basic questions you should ask yourself before you start the home-building journey. This isn’t a process to jump into blindfolded. It requires meticulousness, planning, and an overwhelming sense of decisiveness.
If you are unsure of where to start the log home building process, here are some key questions you’ll need to answer before taking the plunge!
- What is the maximum amount of money you are willing to spend on this home?
If everyone could just afford to buy a $2 million dollar home, the world would be a happy place. Sadly, budgets exist and the need to stick by one is crucial in a log home building process. Decide what your maximum budget is and plan to build a home that doesn’t exceed that your defined budget.
- How many floors and levels do you want?
Nowadays, there are so many different building styles, from Mediterranean two-story all the way to one floor ranches.
Determining how many floors, bedrooms, and completed levels you want your home to feature will help you so much when it comes to choosing, designing, and customizing a log home.
- Do you want a garage? Carport?
After all, your car will have to go somewhere. This feature will have a significant impact on your design, so you’ll need to decide whether you want an attached or detached garage or even a carport. This is not something that can be added at the last minute. Take the time to think, reflect, and make this decision early on.
- What home size do you want? How many bedrooms and bathrooms?
Obviously, square footage will matter in building a log-home, whether it be the price or even design layout. Knowing precisely how much space you need in a home will cut down on the uncertainties during the building process.
- Where are you going to build?
Have you ever heard the real estate saying, “Location, location, location.”? Well, that’s because location matters more than one would think. You need to determine which plot of land you’ll use and how quickly you can get a building permit for the site. Being unclear on these issues could seriously delay the construction of your home.
- Do you want a General Contractor to build your home or do you want to do some of the construction yourself?
There are some folks out there who really love being hands on throughout their log home building process. If you are one of them, that’s great. You need to be clear on how much work you yourself want to do versus a General Contractor who’ll get it done on your behalf.
- Do you want a porch? Deck? Patio?
Determining whether you want any outside space will impact the design of your home. So, it’s optimal to make the outdoor living decision as early as possible.
- What type of log style do you like?
You might not realize that even logs have different styles, but it’s true. You can have round, flat, or both profiles throughout your home. If you don’t really know what you’re looking for, peruse the Internet to get some log style ideas that appeal to you.
Regardless of the design decisions you make, aim to really enjoy the log home building process as much as possible. After all, building your own home is a great memory you’ll look back on in the future.
If you’re lost and don’t know how to proceed, Gastineau homes might be the right log home company for you. For more design ideas, check out our model homes and contact us for help today!