We often get asked “what does a log home cost to build, compared to a stick frame home.” It is impossible to give a set answer to that question (in terms of a standard % difference) because there are too many variables, but we can try to shed some light on the issue.
Recently a member built both a stick frame home and a log home. It is possible to get an idea of the potential price difference between the two, if you look at just the cost of his exterior walls:
STICK FRAME COSTS
- Exterior wall framing material = $6500
- Cedar siding = $16,000
- Insulation for exterior walls = $2500
- Drywall for the interior of the exterior walls = $4500
- Painting and staining the siding and sheet rock on the exterior wall = $1500
Total cost for the exterior wall of a stick framed building: $31,000
LOG HOME COST
- Logs = $7500*
- Rebar = $275
- Chinking = $540**
Total cost for exterior wall of a Skip Style Butt and Pass log home = $8315
* He purchased his logs from a logger, some members use free logs.
** Mortar was used for chinking, rather than petrochemical based synthetic material.
So for this person the difference in cost, for just the exterior walls, was about $22,000. We have had members build log homes for less money than that.
The savings didn’t stop there though, because this person also used many tips from our class to save thousands more on building his log home. He saved money on his foundation, roof system, plumbing, kitchen cabinets, et cetera. He used many of our tips on both homes, but a lot of them will only work when building a log home — so he saved money on his log home in ways that are not possible on a stick framed home.
These homes were both about 2000 square feet. They were built in the Greater Seattle area, around 2004. The region your building in can impact cost (the Seattle area tends to be expensive).