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    Hello,

    I stumbled upon the site last week after reading some other sites and other forums on log cabin construction and design. This site gives me some hope in that it seems I won't have to fork down $200K+ to get a home I have always wanted.

    The Butt & Pass method intrigues me very much and I am thinking of "going to the class" as so many speak of doing. I live in the Twin Cities (MN) and have been looking off and on for some time for a few acres west of here (not more than a 1hr drive to downtown).

    We have some family land about 4hrs north of here where I can get a lot of trees from, but the drive may prove to be expensive in transporting 50+ logs that far. I called a local guy and he wanted $5/linear ft. for white pine logs in a 12" diameter - that seems to be a bit pricey from all I have read here on the site - am I wrong? Other than that, I don't really have any tools, nor much construction know how - so I am definitely a "newbie".

    Is anyone else on the Forum near me that has constructed or is planning to construct a home with this method? Or anyone else planning to go to Vegas next month for the class?

    Thanks.

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    Four hours, so roughly 250 miles, you can probably get them moved for around $500/truckload if you really negotiate a cash deal with a driver. So say you need four truckloads. That would be $2000 for basically your entire superstructure. How's that not a good thing?!?
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    That's a great deal. I just spent $5000 just fixing a road from one mountain to the other to get my trees off my own property.

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    Well, let's say I want to build a smaller(?) log home 35 x 30 with 12" diameter logs. So, a 35' log would cost me $175, and a 30' log would cost me $150. I am just guessing I would need roughly 11 levels at 12" diameter to make for a main floor with a loft/2nd level? That would be about $3500, plus my ridge/roof poles, etc. and delivery fees.

    In reading on the public forums, and from the way the class language read, it seemed there were cheaper ways to get the logs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakeanderton920 View Post
    Well, let's say I want to build a smaller(?) log home 35 x 30 with 12" diameter logs. So, a 35' log would cost me $175, and a 30' log would cost me $150. I am just guessing I would need roughly 11 levels at 12" diameter to make for a main floor with a loft/2nd level? That would be about $3500, plus my ridge/roof poles, etc. and delivery fees.

    In reading on the public forums, and from the way the class language read, it seemed there were cheaper ways to get the logs?
    I misspoke - actually the cost is more like $7100, plus ridge/roof poles, etc. and delivery fees.

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    If you can get logs from family, all you will have is basically trucking.

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    Don't pay more than$2/ft for logs. $1 is a good deal.

    Oh, and that is delivered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StressMan79 View Post
    Don't pay more than$2/ft for logs. $1 is a good deal.

    Oh, and that is delivered.
    Mine were $6000 / (50x27ft)+5@35ft...

    Then again, the 27fters averaged 14 in diameter, and the 35s averaged 23in. 3 loads pulled a mile up my road with a cat...

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    welcome Jake! good to see another Minnesotan here

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    Quote Originally Posted by StressMan79 View Post
    Mine were $6000 / (50x27ft)+5@35ft...

    Then again, the 27fters averaged 14 in diameter, and the 35s averaged 23in. 3 loads pulled a mile up my road with a cat...
    I keep reading of varying sizes of log diameter for the build - is there a recommended diameter?

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