People who make their living selling log homes regularly inform me at log-home shows that they want customers who’re ready to build, not just wishful thinkers. But anyone wishing for a log home is ready to build it. They just haven’t cleared the hurdles to make it happen.
The past four or five years, a lot of people have been postponing their dream. Now, instead of sitting on the sidelines they’re finally making their move.
Evidence of that fact is the three Log & Timber Home Shows so far this year, in Minneapolis, Atlanta and Branson, Missouri. They drew crowds unseen in recent memory. A man excited to be at the Atlanta show commented how much smaller it was than when he last came: four years ago. And where had he been all that time? “Waiting for times to get better,” he admitted.
Evidently we’re on the verge of happy days again because he was far from alone. Sure, people still attended shows during the lull, mostly hard-core dreamers. But serious-minded people who showed up still got way better than their money’s worth. If nothing else, the shows helped them realize whether a log home was worth waiting for until the Recovery.
OK, so the economy still stinks, but not as much for more of us. Values of existing homes are rising. Mortgage rates are a steal. Builders are itching to build. Best of all, people are shedding their delanophobia (the fear of fear itself) and realizing the American Dream is way bigger than hard times and petty party politics.
If you’re curious about the possibility of a log home in your life, now is the time to find out everything log homes entail. If one may be right for you, keep dreaming but start planning. The second-best place to experience log homes is at a show. (The first is actually being in a finished and furnished log home, ideally your own.)
This weekend there’s a show outside Boston. Next weekend, I’ll be at the one in Indianapolis. For a full schedule, click here.
Attending a show might be your first step toward owning a log home. Or it could be the last push you need before actually making your log home a reality. Not taking advantage of all a show offers, however, only pushes the carrot farther down the stick. The only thing that putting off your dream teaches is how to put it off even longer.