More than a few months. I discovered that the advice out there was lacking when I did my research. This web site has done a great deal to allow a sharing of information, advice, choices, options, pitfalls, etc.
Centuries ago wise King Solomon wrote that 'in the multitude of counselors there is accomplishment'. He was right then and the advice is still right today.
Our project took 18 months from closing on the property, to finding a log home company, iterating through some floorplan design options, geothermal system research, then interviewing/choosing the builder. and then finding furniture and fixtures. We are 100% happy with the results. Living in the woods is like "soul food."
I agree with Terry that this website was very influential in helping us form our choices. Learning from previous failures and successes is priceless when you can apply it to your own situation. But.....like snowflakes.....no two projects are alike, so make your own decisions based on your needs/wants and budget. Good luck to all of you following your dream.
We didn't! We were house hunting for about 9 months. We just happened upon this 10 year old log home!