▶ Is it really possible to build a huge log home with simple hand tools that can fit into the trunk of a car?
'John Doe, his wife Jane and son Johnny standing in front of their new ‘9-week’ owner-built log home.'Then it continues as follows:
'John Doe is an investment advisor. He is trained to advise people in the purchase of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and tax shelters. John and his family just finished building a new log home in the Seattle area. He was one of the many recent builders who attended the last local Association meeting. We asked John to tell us briefly how long it took them to build their home, and how much it cost.''Well,' said John, 'we bought the land on July 12. On July 13 we cut all of the trees for our home except the rafter poles. We only needed to cut 15 trees, because we were able to get three logs form each tree. Each one of the logs was 29’ long. The average log diameter was about 17 inches. Except for the rafters, 45 logs were enough to build the entire house. After cutting the trees we spent the next week preparing the building site, then we built the foundation which took a week and a half. While we worked on the foundation we also had time to peel the logs, so when the foundation was finished we were ready to put up the log walls.''In two days, the log walls were completely finished, and the ridge pole was up.''It took an additional week to cut and skid the rafter poles, and another two days to nail them in place. Then it took two more days to cover the roof with 2 X 6 tongue-and-groove boards.''Basically, we completed the shell of our home in nine weeks. That included nine Saturdays, four Sundays, and one to two hours of work each evening.''The house is 25’ X 25’ square, with two stories, totaling 1250 square feet. We used almost the exact same construction plans that Skip Ellsworth gave us when we attended his log house building seminar. We used the butt method of log construction which is one of the methods we learned from Skip. We even did our own electrical and plumbing work, and our own septic tank and drain-field system. We found the building code people very easy to get along with. In fact, we didn’t have any problems at all with the King County Code people.''We’re living in our new home now, and we’re very happy with it. We did everything the way Skip taught us and it all worked out perfectly; we even sent three friends to Skip’s seminar.''The house is almost finished and we are just about ready for our final inspection. The house cost us a total of $10,000. However, $2,500 of that money was spent getting power lines put in. Technically, we have only spent about $7,500 on the house itself.''Not a bad investment…'[End of Article]To a limited extent, the above article answers the 'how much time' question. However, in reality the amount of time that it takes to build a log home is generally determined by some very SPECIFIC factors.In other words, the question would need to be asked in a very SPECIFIC way before it would have any meaning at all – as follows:'How long would it take a SPECIFIC person to build a SPECIFIC Scandinavian-chinkless log home – that has 5,500 square feet, a full basement, three stories, 22 corners, 12 gables, 24 interior log walls, 12 hand-made exterior doors, 22 hand-made interior doors, 28 hand-made windows, 3 hand-made rock fireplaces, a 2 X 6 tongue and groove sub-floor, a finished floor of Swedish Finished Oak, a hand-split cedar-shake roof, four stairways, 2,000 square feet of deck-space on the first floor, 800 square feet of deck-space on the second floor, 600 square feet of deck space on the third floor, a propane heating stove, 210’ of heating ducts, 3,000 square feet of wall-to-wall carpet, a 20’ X 30’ swimming pool, a rock patio around the pool, a 9’ X 12' sauna, a three car garage, etc., etc., etc.?'The amount of time would also be effected by such things as; what kind of tools are available, how many people are helping, how level the building site is, how many hours are spent working on the project each day, if the logs were already seasoned (or if they still need to be seasoned), etc., etc., etc.
- Build one log home and sell it for enough money to build two log homes.
- Build two log homes and sell them for enough money to build four log homes.
- Build four log homes and sell them for enough money to build eight log homes.
- Build eight log homes and sell them – BUT DO NOT ACCEPT CASH. Instead of taking cash, take a small down payment from each purchaser and carry your own paper for the balance. This would mean that eight different people might be paying you approximately $1,000 to $1,500 per month – or more. This plan has the potential of generating a monthly income of between $8,000 and $12,000.