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    LHBA Member mudflap's Avatar
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    I think I'm still on track to finish mine for about $60k. 3200 sq ft, with 5 beds, 3 baths, on 3.5 acres. And no mortgage on the house.

    Have you looked at the faqs page? https://www.buildloghomes.org/questi...ing-log-homes/.

    If you're an expert on the method you've settled on, then go for it. But I contend that butt and pass is easier, stronger, will last longer, and won't settle like other methods will. I encourage you to come see mine and at least think about it. There's plenty of others nearby you as well. I'm in north alabama. Mr. Wiley is not far as well.

    Nobody on this forum is trying to sell anything - we've all just found a mortgage-free way to get an awesome home for cheap.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john.bolling View Post
    ... The house I plan on building is something like 2,700 sqft footprint. All single story, no basement, and as few stairs as possible. 3 bed, 2 bath, large kitchen/living room, 7 rooms total. Am I aiming too high?
    My family of three lives very comfortable in 1076 sq/ft. 2 bedroom, 2 bath. Itís luxurious to be honest. The secret to living small is this: Donít try to fit all your stuff in a small place. Find (or build) the small place then only put in it what fits.

    For a little context, we downsized from a half million dollar, 3700 sq/ft monstrosity, complete with movie theater and backyard oasis. It ainít all itís cracked up to be. We are far happier with less.

    People think we must be falling on hard times, financially. That ainít the case.

    Our next home will have and extra bedroom be in the 1600-1700 sq ft range.


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    Well I'm aiming for a large open single story floor plan because I've got bad knees and back from the Marine Corp. I spend 6 months out of the year with a cane because I'm "too young" to have a knee replacement, but also have damaged nerves and no cartlage.
    I plan on having the kids room be approx 20'x20' with a shared bathroom between them, living room/kitchen 20'x40', master bed 20'x30', and the remainder 20'x10' be the master bath/utilities.
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    Something like that.

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    Sorry to hear about the knees. and thank you for your service. really.

    from a smartphone, you can add photos using Tapatalk.

    we bought the floor plans from LHBA, then I used a free cad program to "delete" all the interior walls. Wife and I hand-drew about 30 plans on paper before we figured out what we wanted and submitted it to the city - and we've changed it a half dozen times since then while we stacked logs. We hate stairs as well, but needed enough room for all the kids, so we went with a 2 story plan:

    level1: living room and kitchen up front, guest bathroom and laundry middle and side, master bedroom/bath, and daughter's bedroom in back. all our living can be done on the main floor - only a few stairs outside are to get in the house.
    level2: 3/4 floor: 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, and some space we are calling a conservatory (for plants). Then 1/4 of the 2nd floor is open to the living room below. make the kids climb the stairs (eventually, they'll move out).
    level3: storage area/game room? about 20x20. shhh...don't tell the inspector: without a license, I can only build 2 stories, so it'll be an attic until he signs off....

    If you drive around almost any neighborhood in America with homes built after the 1990's, you'll find a lot of tall houses. reason: concrete is expensive. cheaper to build up than out. those builders are not in it for your comfort- but rather their bottom line.

    for those knees-
    I just got done shingling my roof - 109 bundles of shingles, plus plywood, etc. 23' high. Every night, I sprayed magnesium oil on my knees, and the next day: good to go. it's like a miracle spray.
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    Quote Originally Posted by john.bolling View Post
    I retired at the ripe old age of 25 (USMC [ 2 bad knees and a back that ain't the best]). I have a wife and two daughters, so we need a home for the intermediate times. The house I plan on building is something like 2,700 sqft footprint. All single story, no basement, and as few stairs as possible. 3 bed, 2 bath, large kitchen/living room, 7 rooms total. Am I aiming too high? We live off of my paychecks, but being young, the savings ain't that big.? Am I shooting too high?
    A little reality. We build log homes, mostly square... because their cost effective. A 40 by 40 is 2,000 sqft. so more than likely a log home will not work unless you plan a stair lift which are reasonable... about 2k for a good one.

    So if you built a 35 by 35 you would have about 2450 sqft... with a stair lift. a 40 by 40 would give you 3,200.

    OBTW I'm 75 and my knees are talking very loudly...but I may get a stair lift.

    Best of luck... Just remember, if you are willing to work hard, anything is possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocklock View Post
    A little reality. We build log homes, mostly square... because their cost effective. A 40 by 40 is 2,000 sqft. so more than likely a log home will not work unless you plan a stair lift which are reasonable... about 2k for a good one.

    So if you built a 35 by 35 you would have about 2450 sqft... with a stair lift. a 40 by 40 would give you 3,200.

    OBTW I'm 75 and my knees are talking very loudly...but I may get a stair lift.

    Best of luck... Just remember, if you are willing to work hard, anything is possible.
    Or 1600... math...

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    You don't have to go square, but you will get more square footage for the same perimeter:

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    Quote Originally Posted by StressMan79 View Post
    Or 1600... math...
    I had assumed he included a loft or basement, or both.

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    Math.... Overrated

    We built square the first time, and plan to again this time around
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    Mine is just as square as I am and I like both the house and myself just fine. Often I have pondered on the efficiency of a square human...

    And a square log home.

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