We often get asked “what does a log home cost to build, compared to a stick frame home.” Here is a real life example that shows the huge savings you can experience building a log home instead of stick frame.
We recently had someone attend our 2-day log home building class, who then built both a stick frame home and a log home. Here’s an initial breakdown of the price difference between the two. It shows how you can save over $20,000 building with logs instead of traditional stick framing.
STICK FRAME COSTS
- Exterior wall framing material = $6500
- Cedar siding = $16,000
- Insulation for exterior walls = $2500
- Drywall for the interior of the exterior walls = $4500
- Painting and staining the siding and sheet rock on the exterior wall = $1500
Total cost for the exterior wall of a stick framed building: $31,000
LOG HOME COST
- Logs = $7500*
- Rebar = $275
- Chinking = $540**
Total cost for exterior wall of a Skip Style Butt and Pass log home = $8315
* He purchased his logs from a logger, some members use free logs.
** Mortar was used for chinking, rather than petrochemical based synthetic material.
That builder discovered it was $22,685 cheaper for him to build with logs instead of a stick framing. We have had members finish their homes for less money than that.
The savings didn’t stop there though, because this person also used many tips from our class to save thousands more on building his log home. He saved money on his foundation, roof system, plumbing, kitchen cabinets, et cetera. He used many of our tips on both homes, but a lot of them will only work when building a log home — so he saved money on his log home in ways that are not possible on a stick framed home.