Having construction know-how doesn’t just provide the obvious cost savings of being able to serve as your own builder-- it can also help you get your home erected and ready to move into in under six months.
That was the timeline provided to Pat and Carion Markland for creating their log cabin in Del Rio, Tennessee. Thankfully, Pat — a commercial builder — was working on a project only two hours away from the home site, so he was able, along with Carion, to make good use of weekends to purchase materials and tackle key preparatory elements of the home’s construction.
“We were able to purchase all of the finishing materials all the way to our appliances and have them ready to go, so by the time the package arrived, we pretty much had all our finishing materials there,” Pat recalls. “The day the package was delivered, we started sorting logs and I took my forklift and I started hauling stuff to the house site. And the next day we were putting down sill plates and starting floor joists.”
This extensive pre-planning, which included the construction of a heated 40-by-60-foot workshop to house all of their purchases until the cabin was ready for them, was the key to executing a quick, but smooth, construction process.