Rachelle and Peter--
Nice post. As a consumer, I've posted here previously about the problem within the industry of bad-mouthing one another's products. I'd be about a million times more likely to work with a company that extolls its virtues than one that slams the competition. In my view, yours is exactly the right attitude.
Having gone through the process of exploring a wide range of alternatives, but more importantly, the conversion of a raw rural site into one that's buildable and has all the mechanical systems in place for a new home, I have a far better appreciation now of why log home builders cringe when they hear the "How much per square foot?" question. Ultimately, it doesn't seem that that's a question that can be answered accurately until you're well into the planning and design. And, even then, variables such as unpredictable site issues and evolving desires on the part of the customer probably shade things up to the point when the keys are handed over.
This, in itself, is scary enough for a potential log home owner. But, when you add to it the recurring mantra of how "all the others have problems," it's pretty off-putting. Kudos to you for having the confidence in your work to be straightforward and positive.
Hi Colleen, Let's play log home estimating. Based on a package price of 125,000,full basement,and turn key price the estimate is 378,000. These prices reflect top of the line bells and whistles and does not include land and related costs of development. This estimate can be lower if you participate in some of process to build it. This formula usually comes close to your final costs and can aid you when you are putting your budget and financing together. Some folks are skeptical of this method but, it has served us well over the past 26 years. Feel free to call us at 302-945-6706. Jim and Pam Katahdin Cedar Log Homes