Here are just a few books from our own reading list that we recommend to anyone thinking about building a log home. Many have been recommended over the years by our members. Enjoy!
Finding & Buying Your Place in Country is a great guide book for buying property in rural areas (the kind of places where you’d want to build a log home). Highly recommended!
Working Alone: Tips and Techniques for Solo Building is a very handy guide full of tips and tricks for solving problems when you are the only person working on your construction project. Many of the suggestions are oriented toward stick-frame construction but most will still be very useful for a solo log home builder.
Complete Home Plumbing a good plumbing book for beginners. We like most of the “complete” series of books from Sunset publishing. Lots of good pictures and diagrams.
Complete Home Wiring is a good book if you are planning to wire your new log home yourself, or if you just want to understand the process better.
Complete Tile is just what it sounds like. A complete guide to laying tile inside or outside of your new home.
Code Check Complete A handy quick-reference guide for building to code. Gives lots of lists of things inspectors will be looking for when they make a visit.
Stair Builders Handbook If you’ve taken our class, you know we recommend this book for building your own stairs. Filled with handy tables that do the math for you.
Living Homes: Integrated Design & Construction is a wonderful book on designing and building alternative homes with energy-efficient designs. There is also good information on building masonry stoves, which are a very efficient (and very expensive if you pay someone else to build) way to heat your home.
Mr. Elpel also has an alternative construction website called Dirt Cheap Builder that has lots of good resources for building inexpensively and sustainably.
Your Low-Tax Dream House: A New Approach to Slashing the Cost of Home Ownership a must-have for owner-builders who want to reduce their annual property tax bill for the life of their home. This book is chock full of super tips on how to build a house that has the lowest tax bill later. Most of the tips are simple things that make little or no difference to you or the value of your house. Highly recommended.