From Concept to Keys
With over 60 years of experience and over 30,000 log homes across the globe, we know that designing and building a new home is both exciting and challenging. Whether it's your first or you've done this many times, our team is here to make the process smooth. The following section is a simplified outline of the and responsibilities for you, Real Log Homes, your Real Log Homes Representative, and your contractor. Some of these stages may overlap, but this outline should give you a good idea of the general sequence of events.
Whether you are currently looking or have already purchased your land, you have likely started to get inspiration and ideas for your dream home. The log home projects featured on our website are a great place to start. You will find photos, floor plans and even 3D virtual tours.
Once you have found that perfect property to build your Real Log Home, it's time to gather your ideas and reach out to your Real Log Homes representative. This individual may be a Regional Manager or a local Independent Representative and they are there to help answer questions and guide you through the process of designing and building your new log home. Together, you can discuss your budget, needs, and desires for your new home.
design & PACKAGE
Clients often come to us with an idea or concept in mind and they may even have drawings they sketched themselves. Others start by reviewing our log home portfolio filled with hundreds of photos and floor plans. Seeing what other customers have done will not only help you choose a layout for your home but will allow you to choose the style and finish you prefer for your logs as well as other finishes in your home. With these details, your Real Log Homes representative should be able to provide you with a general price range.
design review and package
contract & plans
CONTRACT, CONSTRUCTION PLANS & PRICING
Once you accept the preliminary design and pricing, it is time to sign a contract* and remit 10% of the package price. At this point, Real Log Homes will prepare the construction set of drawings**.
*Once you have accepted your Real Log Homes contract, please note that any revision to the plans will go to our Pricing Department for a change order. Pricing can take anywhere from two weeks to six weeks depending on the complexity of the changes made, including revisions from engineering. Any specifications or materials not included in your original contract, will also constitute a change order.
**In jurisdictions where stamped plans are required, our Design Department will coordinate with a third-party engineering firm for the needed log home structural services. A local engineer may be consulted if necessary.
you & your builder
SELECTING A BUILDER
Real Log Homes is a site-built custom home manufacturer. Real Log Homes is not a general contractor, you will be responsible for hiring and overseeing a general contractor / builder to construct your home. You may already have your own builder, but if not, your Real Log Homes Representative may be able to introduce you to builders in your area or may be a builder themselves.
Building codes and requirements vary across the country and may even differ not just state-to-state, but also by region. Depending upon where your build site is located, your contractor will need to secure all required building permits before accepting delivery of your Real Log Homes package. You will also need to arrange any necessary financing needed to complete the project.
Your contractor is responsible for site preparation, including water/sewer, and foundation work. Your Real Log Homes Representative will work with your contractor to coordinate timetables and prepare for the delivery of your Real Log Homes package.
packing & delivery
FINALIZING PACKAGE FOR DELIVERY
Once production is complete, and we have received your final payment, Real Log Homes will prepare your package for transport.
All components are bundled and wrapped with protective paper and placed on flatbed trucks for delivery. Great care is taken to minimize the number of truckloads required for each project.
Your package is then delivered to your site by an insured independent transport company. Often, the fees for delivery are included in the package costs, but on occasion there may be a separate fee.
If you are working with one of our Independent Representatives, they will be on-site to help verify that everything was shipped and delivered as specified. If you are working directly with one of our Regional Managers, they may be on-site during delivery, however, as each project is unique, in some circumstances it may be more efficient for the Regional Manager to work with you, your builder, or your on-site project manager to develop the best plan for delivery.
LOG RAISING AND ENCLOSURE
make yourself at home
The day you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. Your home is finished and all that’s left to do is move in and throw a big party to celebrate. Enjoy!