It is possible for one person to build a log home. Just look at Dick Proenneke for example. He built his log cabin in one summer, working totally alone.
One person, working along, can build an awesome log home
LHBA student student Jeff did just what Mr Proenneke did. Jeff built his log home in one summer, working totally alone.
He was able to take a couple of months off work and really focus on his build. He followed the exact construction process learned at our 2-day log home building class and he built this fantastic log home.
It’s undeniable that the idea of building a log home totally alone is both exciting and daunting. Perhaps your worry will lessen if you realize there are friends you haven’t met yet who are willing to help.
The LHBA ‘work party’ tradition
The Log Home Builders Association was founded in the 1960s, back when people embraced helping each other in meaningful ways.
The LHBA is a non-profit that helps people avoid the trap of a mortgage by building an authentic log home for scratch for as little as ten or twenty thousand dollars.
The Association has always attracted some of the most awesome people, folks who actually care about helping each other attain their shared log home goals. It’s a spirit born from the best part of the 1960s, and still embraced by LHBA Members today.
It’s not much different than what many communities have done for ages. The Amish are famous for their barn raising, while throughout history many Associations, trades, religions, unions, servicemen and women, et cetera have banded together to help members of their own group. In other words, across cultures people view helpfulness towards other who have shared values or goals as a desirable activity.
The best help you could get is from a fellow member
Past students agree that the best set of extra hands you could get on your build belong to fellow a LHBA student. We have a long tradition of members helping members, usually at work work parties — which is really friends helping friends.
You want a fellow class graduates on your job site, because they know the construction process already and don’t ask the annoying basic questions all the time.
They also really want hands on experience. Therefore they usually work hard, and have the great attitude of a willing co-worker on your job.
As a huge bonus fellow students will be excited about ‘doing it right.’ Because they care about you as a fellow member, and also because they want to understand the right way to do each task. Compare that with your average hired help, who only cares about his paycheck and finding the next job.
Here are some benefits that are exchanged when two or more members help each at a work party.
- They get hands on experience with a variety of construction stages. That makes their own build go smoother.
- They gain confidence. That can help jump start a tired spirit.
- They can swap local resources. That can help save money on materials and in finding reliable/affordable sub-contractors.
- They can actually swap labor to tackle the biggest jobs. For example you help stack Joe’s logs, and Joe helps stack yours.
- They forge a new friendship with someone who shares a common interest and goal
- You might find that person you were meant to be with, like LHBA members John and Janella (who didn’t know each other before meeting through the LHBA). They ended up building a wonderful log home together, as they also built a life together.
This is something members do for each other for free. There’s no profit motive, instead members are drawn to helping each other.
After attending your class you can meet strangers within the LHBA, who are actually just friends you haven’t met yet, and get free labor on your log home.
Do you want to have the best log home building experience?
Based on feedback from thousands of LHBA students, here are the 3 steps you can take to have a very successful log home build:
- Take the LHBA class
- Read the LHBA members only forum regularly
- Help your local LHBA members on their builds whenever possible
If take the above three steps, then when it comes time for your own build here is the result you can experience:
- Your build will go MUCH faster
- Your home will be MUCH less expensive
- Your mistakes will be minimized
If you’re an LHBA member who hasn’t volunteered on a fellow member’s build, then you’re missing out. Roll up your shirt sleeves and go have a seriously beneficial adventure. It is part of the blueprint for success!