When Larry and his wife wanted to start a family he realized that he had no idea how he was going to afford a home. He looked at stick frame and pre-manufactured houses as well as cabin kits, and found them all to be too expensive for his budget.
Then he stumbled upon the inexpensive Butt and Pass method of log construction. It offered an affordable path to home ownership, so Larry attended our 2-day class on how to build a one from scratch.
- Before taking our class in the mid 1990s, Larry had never picked up tools before in his life. With the help of the Log Home Builders Association (LHBA), this New York transplant successfully built this beautiful house for his family.
His wife was pregnant during much of the build, but even with no experience building anything he finished in about a year. Larry and his wife saved money by doing almost all of the work themselves and sourcing surplus, used and free building materials where possible. Any average person can do the same with a little bit of training and technical support.
Larry bought the property with no money down and then built using cash and sweat equity.
- It cost Larry $40,000 to build his house from scratch.
That includes all of the permits in addition to most of the site work such as a septic system, well and driveway. His land cost an additional $60,000, but that was seller-financed by the previous owner — so no banks were involved!
- The entire project (structure, land, site work, permits) came to just under $100,000. When Larry decided to sell about 12 years later it went for a whopping $490,000!
Here are a few shots of Larry’s place.
You can do the same
All of this started when Larry attended our world-famous 2-day log building school, which is still in operation today. Every year the class is updated to meet the current building, engineering and earthquake codes for even the most strict jurisdictions. The LHBA doesn’t train commercial builders — we only work with owner-builders like Larry and his family.
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