Hi, I'm new to log homes, this would be my first. I'm in the research phase, I've been planning to build a log home for about 10 years now though. I'm currently looking to build a 2,096sq ft log home. I'm really looking closely at Kuhns Bros. Aspen Hill model which would have 6X8 D white pine d-logs. Although I am also making appointments with a few other companies as well to comparison shop. I would barely be making any changes to one of Kuhns' existing floorplans. I recently met with the dealer and got a rough turn-key per square footage estimate of $180 per sq ft. I realize this is a very rough estimate, but its higher than I thought it would be. The dealer is in the process of getting me a more accurate estimate from one of their builders because I need something more definitive before I would even consider making that huge of an investment.
My question to all of you log home owners that have built new homes is now that your log home is complete, how much would you estimate your log home cost per square foot? I'm trying to find out how much this can vary? I imagine it has a lot to do with land issues and personal preferences. My tastes tend to be on the lower-end of mid-range priced amenities within the home. I'm not looking to cheap out, but I don't want luxury either, I'm in the middle. Such as wood laminate flooring, manufactured stone, tile, wood-burning stove, forced-air heating, stock cabinets, tile countertops, mid-range fixtures and appliances; an example of a few of my planned amenities.
Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated. I have read so many log home magazines and clipped so many articles and learned a lot over the years. But experience makes all the difference, and I don't know anyone I can ask that doesn't have an "agenda" as to what is a realistic expectation for the cost of a log home. I'm trying to make it work, and I'm trying to do as much homework before I make the decision. I don't have the unlimited budget to make a mistake here, everything will count and I'm a very nervous and practical spender. This is the biggest investment I've ever made. To top it all off, it will be my first home and I'm single (one-income), so I'm treading very lightly here before I jump in! Thanks in advance for your assistance and experience!