You can save a lot of money on your log home project just by choosing to build a Skip style Butt and Pass log home. It will use far fewer logs than a Scandinavian Chinkless, Saddle Notch, Dovetail, or a kit log home.
That’s because the Butt and Pass method uses whole logs (without notches). Compared to a all notched or milled log homes (which have wood removed from each log)a Butt and Pass wall will reach the same wall height while using around 25% fewer logs. That saves you a bundle of money.
How many logs do you need to build a home?
If you want to build a 10′ tall wall with butt and pass construction you just need 10 logs with an average diameter of 12 inches. So four walls would require 40 logs.
Compare that to a Scandinavian Chinkless. Here is a cross section of a Butt and Pass wall (left) compared to a Scandinavian Chinkless wall Right). The full scribe home requires an extra logs!
The diagram clearly shows that to reach 3′ of height it takes four 12″ diameter logs with the Scandinavian Chinkless style log home, versus only three with the Butt and Pass style log home.
A problem gets worse!
That might not seem too bad of a difference, but it gets worse as you go higher. Let’s say you want to build a modest 2 story log home for about $20,000, something like the log home that Sherri and Debbie built. For a home like that your log walls might be about 18′ tall. Since there are four walls it would take 96 wall logs to build a Scandinavian Chinkless log home, versus only 72 for a Butt and Pass.
So the 2 story Butt and Pass log home would use 24 fewer logs than the Scandinavian Chinkless log home.
Choose to build a Butt and Pass log home and you use up to 25% fewer logs — which puts cash in your pocket!
Butt and Pass saves you money in many ways:
- you need fewer logs with a Butt and Pass log home, you spend less money on houselogs.
- Because there are fewer logs you pay less for transporting them.
- You also need less space to stage them (store, rack and peel). That means you can build on a smaller lot.
- You save money on time and labor. Fewer logs means it takes you less time to peel them, and less time to stack them… and time is money.
- While it’s not cost related, it’s worth mentioning that a log home that uses fewer logs is more environmentally friendly. It’s a winning combo when you conserve natural resources while also conserving your hard earned money.
The savings on material, transportation costs and time could easily equal thousands of dollars.
If you’re interested in building best possible log home, for absolutely the least amount of money possible, then you should look at the Association’s 2-day class. It gives you all the knowledge you need to go home and actually build your own log home from scratch!
We have taught over 40,000 people how to build log homes since 1965 and this is the kind of feedback we always get from our students.
“The cost of the class will pay for itself MANY times over, along the entire process of your build! Even if you do NOT build LHBA/Butt-n-Pass, you will gain knowledge (wisdom), that will help you all along the way.” — LHBA student AKchas (forum name)
“The cost of the class is quickly recovered in savings on the job. Once you start thinking non-traditionally about acquiring materials, costs can really drop.
Of course, none of us can guaranty you can get your logs cheaper. That would really fall upon you. LHBA can show you the door, but you must walk through it yourself. The decision is yours.
I make no money or incentive to convince you to do so, but believe it would be in your best interest to attend the class.” — LHBA student Rreidnauer (forum name)
“Best class I’ve ever taken!
We hope to start building our second log home in the next year or two. Built #1, lived in it for 4 great years, & recently sold it.
Knowing what I know now about everything (class, forum, LHBA in general), the class is a steal.” — LHBA student Shark (forum name)
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