Gone are the days when the term log homes conjured up images of small, single-room houses built off the beaten track for those who wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Today,
multi-room log homes are being built in most suburban locations on a
regular basis. They may be more expensive than traditional homes and
the associated labor costs when building a log home are high, but if
you stop to look at the advantages that log homes offer over
conventional frame homes, you'll see why they're in much demand:
- They have aesthetic appeal: Log homes look much better than frame homes, both on the outside and the inside. The structure itself is grand and appealing, and the interiors are cozy and comfortable.
- They are valued higher than traditional homes: A log home is usually valued at a higher price than homes that are built with wooden frames. While the exact figure may vary from home to home, in general,
a square foot of log home is valued at around $50 higher than a square
foot of a traditional frame home and the entire home is valued 33
percent higher than a quality stick frame home.
- They are energy efficient: Log homes are 2.5 to 15 percent more energy efficient than traditional wood frame homes. They make comfortable dwellings and allow you to save more than $400 on your
annual heating and cooling bills.
- They come with custom features: If you've ever seen the inside of a log home, you'll know what I mean. The interiors are done up tastefully with stylish staircases and shelves and cabinets made of
wood. The exteriors also have beautiful patios or decks which have more
appeal because they're made of wood.
- They are in high demand: Because of their status value, log homes are in much demand, especially among people who don't want cookie cutter homes and are looking for something more unique and tailored to
their style. Also, the number of homes being built is less than the
demand for them, so the status value of log homes keeps climbing
- They are good forms of investment: Just as you would expect an investment of a large sum of money to pay off rich dividends, a log house, while on the more expensive side, is a good investment option
because it grows in value. For a minor increase in cost, you gain a
large increase in value when you buy a log home.
This guest post is contributed by Nicole Adams
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