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Tips on How to Save Money on Your Log Cabin for the Garden

Sep 4, 2008
Log cabins can be expensive regardless of whether you are building it yourself or having someone else construct it for you. While money is not an issue for some people, it is certainly a major issue for most. Luckily, there are several ways you can save money so you can enjoy your very own log home. And with the beauty and comfort a cabin can bring to you, it is certainly something you do not want to pass up because of money issues.

The first place you want to start is with the design of your log home. Draw out a plan of what you want your cabin to look like in regards to the floor plan. How big do you want it and what kinds of design are you looking for? Once you have a generic layout of what you are looking for, you will want to send this to several different log home companies of your choice.

The log home companies will then be able to advise you for where you can save money at and give you quotes for kit prices. It is important you remember the more complex the layout is, the more money it will cost. The more corners there are in the foundation, the more complex the roof is, and the more windows there are, the more you can expect to pay.

Obviously, you can save a great deal of money building the log cabin on your own if you choose to. It will be a lot of work and can be quite time consuming, which is difficult if you work a full time job. But it is a great way to cut down on the cost of getting a cabin.

In addition to building the cabin yourself, you can also save money by acting as your own general contractor. Acting as your own general contractor can save you as much as 15 percent of the cost you would have to spend getting a cabin. That is a lot of money when it comes time to pay the bills. Of course, you do have to realize that there are a lot of headaches that come with this. But it is a great way to save money.

The next thing you want to be cautious of is your building lot. You want to select the building lot carefully as there are several things that can add to the overall cost. Things like how long your drive way will be, how much grading will be involved, what kinds of removal will be needed in regards to tree stumps and rocks and so on. Things like this can quickly jump the overall price of your log home.

If you are looking to store things at your cabin as well, it can save you a lot of money to build a crawl space over a basement. While it does seem like a basement would be cheaper because of the cheap floor space, you can actually save as much as $15,000 by eliminating a basement from your floor plan. Remember, you are trying to enjoy a beautiful cabin while still being able to afford it.

The last thing you want to look at is the price of windows and doors. There is a wide variety in price when it comes to material and style. You can save a lot of money by sticking to a certain kind of model. Also, plan out how many doors and windows you will need. You may be able to qualify for a truck load discount.

There is no question that it can be expensive to build a log cabin. However, you do not want money to be the reason why you cannot enjoy a comfortable and relaxing cabin. Take the tips in this article into consideration so you can save money on your log home.
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Graig Watson wrote the article 'How To Save Money On Your Log Cabin For The Garden' and recommends you visit http://www.gardeningthoughts.co.uk/acatalog/log-cabins.html for more information on log cabins for the garden.
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