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Blueprints are a Must to Avoid Critical Mistakes When Building Your Log Home

Blueprints are a Must When Building Your Log Home

Building a new log home begins with developing blueprints that capture your dreams on paper.  Critical mistakes may be avoided if you have blueprints that are properly engineered and detailed. To communicate properly your vision for your dream home you will need a full set of working blueprints.


Start by making some basic choices

Basic choices include a one or two-story home, size or square footage, foundation, views you desire from the property, and the amount you are able to invest in the property. Create must have/like to have lists and include elements such as a wrap around porch, fireplace, garage, cathedral ceilings, granite countertops, or hardwood floors. Your preliminary blueprints will be created to add or delete features from the home to meet with your investment goals. Once you have made these decisions you will be ready to look at designs.

We are here to help in the preliminary design process

Gastineau has a process in place to help you create a custom home without a huge investment whether you draw your own floor plan or start with one you have seen elsewhere. You may choose from our standard plans and make some modifications to meet your needs. You may just have a general plan in mind as you start the design process.  We are here to take your design plans and/or ideas and draw it in 3D in our CAD program. We will provide you with your floor plans and two elevations (exterior views) to scale and a quote on the material costs. We work with you at each step as you make changes and modifications (three renditions) throughout the preliminary design process.

Next, create full blueprints

The preliminary design plans enable you to get bids from builders and obtain the necessary financing for your new home. Once this is done you will be in the position to sign a purchase agreement and complete a full set of blueprints. We will add more details on the floor plans and elevations, to include the foundation, first and second floor framing plans, roof framing planes, log sheets, and electrical plans. Custom details will also be added to your blueprints before construction and will be viewed by an engineer to ensure structural integrity. Once the plans are complete a full list of materials will be drawn up for you and your builder.

Can I make more changes after the 3rd Preliminary Plans are completed?

After you have a purchase agreement and made a deposit, you are no longer limited to the three renditions of the preliminary design plan. If additional changes are needed we will work out an agreement with an hourly rate for design services.

We are here to help guide you as you consider your preferences and budget, and to answer your questions as you decide what type of log home is best suited for you. Gastineau Log Homes has over 40 years of experience  helping people realize their dream of building a log home.  Contact us today and let’s explore your log home dream together.