If you’ve been in the market for a log cabin, then you have surely realized that they are typically very expensive. On a cost per square foot basis they are generally much more expensive than your standard stick frame home — but that’s only true if you take the traditional route to log cabin ownership.
A stick frame home can cost around $125 per square foot to build, and a log cabin can cost over $200 per square foot to build. That means you can easily spend about $250,000 to build a 2000 square foot stick frame home, or $400,000 to build a log cabin. Even if you can get those numbers down by 20%, that’s still a heck of a lot of money.
Financially speaking, wouldn’t it be awesome if you could build your own log cabin for as little as $10 or $15 per square foot? Can you actually build a 2000 square foot log cabin for around $20,000?
That is indeed possible if you take an alternate path to log cabin ownership, which involves building a Skip style Butt and Pass log cabin yourself from scratch. You can end up with a very high end log cabin, with great resale value, for a shockingly small amount of money. Here are some real life examples of extremely nice, low cost, log cabins built buy our students.
- The ‘9 week log cabin’ cost $6.85 per square foot to build.
- The Dale’s spent about $12.50 per square foot to build their log cabin.
- Sherri and Debbie spent $13.50 per square foot to build their log cabin.
Please bear in mind that the amounts quoted are total construction costs — to the move in stage. That means the above cabins were ‘turn key’ done when the costs were estimated. — they were NOT at the ‘dried in’ stage, which is the price that most fake log cabin kit manufacturer’s quote for their ‘log packages.’
It does seem surreal, that we have members who are building their entire log cabins for such small amounts. If you were to just hire someone to install tile in your kitchen it could easily cost more than $15 per square foot, for just the tile. But our members manage to build their entire homes for less than that. Here’s some of the steps they take to accomplish that amazing feat:
- They all learned how to build a log cabin by attending our class.
- Several of them obtained free house logs, or harvested logs from their property.
- They used recycling and freecycling principles to save on materials.
- They used virtually all of the cost cutting tips that we explain at our log cabin building class.
As an owner builder of your own log cabin you have total control over the construction costs. It will be your character, and sense of frugality, that dictates how much you spend.
It is like applying the philosophy of Dave Ramsey to log cabin building. You take the time to gain the right knowledge, to prepare, and plan for your project. With a clear goal in mind you make the conscious choice to pay cash, take on no debt, and use no credit cards. It is truly an alternative path to owning a low cost, high quality log cabin that many others have successfully taken.
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