What you need to know when buying a log home package
…you customize, design & build yourself – or contract out.
First and foremost, we help you quickly by finding the plan that closely fits your budget (yours or ours to start), modifying it so it is exactly what you want, price it to stay within your budget, help you see all other costs associated with your specific property and build (how much, if anything, you do yourself, site costs, and the rest of the construction), and help you with timing, financing if you need it (we provide free plans, our bid, and a turn key estimate – banks require that), and helping you get it to you on your time with shipping, sending your package out, depending on what time of year you order, from 3-4 months. That gives you time to get your site work, foundation ready, and then we ship what you need first, so you can get your basement (if you have one), main floor and the first logs going, and be ready for the second semi truck (with larger homes, more trucks), so there is room on your property, and you have what you need when you need it. Our logs are done moving, so when you stack them up, they are tight, light (no moisture), fully checked, trimmed, notched in the corners (and on the ends sometimes, depending on your design), and this makes the build enjoyable and easy to finish. Montana has low humidity, and with high elevation, and long winters, the logs are the finest you can get, anywhere. It can be 100 in the Summer, and 30 below in the winter, and on the higher alpine slopes, the wind blows, so they are much stronger than a fast growth, valley floor log of the same species, from the same area! Our forest has many types of fir, larch, cedar and hardwoods we can buy for the same cost, or less, but with extensive testing, we have found that the memory of the dry logs to not change by movement, the strength, the stain-ability, the beauty and color, and dimensional stability, and especially the deflection (bending) of our logs to be better than any we have tested. Lodgepole pine, when high elevation, is the best we have found in every way, for a log home’s walls and joists. We use massive Engleman Spruce and giant Lodgepole Pine posts and beams, for all our character logs within our homes. We turn our logs on the largest, fastest and most accurate production lathe, and have modified it to be even more accurate and faster than any in the world for a log home. We cope the bottom of the log with a Swedish cope to mate it to the log you are stacking it on, cut flat cuts where needed, notch the log with accurate machinery (no hand notching!), and then we peel the sides of the log you see so they still look hand hewn. On the natural, massive posts, ridge logs and stair posts, we drawknife, as the log has not been turned. Our logs feature lots of natural color, not just plain blonde like a log that has been kiln dried, as they were either killed by a fire (bark only), or have died standing, and that is the reason the color is so prevalent. The logs are far more beautiful than any you have seen in color, our specialty. When you stack them and ship them, you will appreciate how light they are, the bad moisture is gone!