Buyers’ Guide

Log Homes
Log Homes
Contact: Devin Perry
(202) 266-8577
dperry@nahb.org

If you’re dreaming of buying and building a log or timber home, you are not alone. More people live in these modern, rustic residences than in any time in history. The warmth of wood, the solid construction and that powerful connection to nature, all add up to a feeling of safety and sanctuary that many of us crave in today’s uncertain world.

While log and timber homes have grown in popularity since the 1970s, embarking on this journey puts you squarely on the path less traveled. But just because it’s a rare experience, doesn’t mean it has to be difficult. That’s where the Log and Timber Homes Council Buyer’s Guide comes in handy. The council has created The Perfect Path To Your Dream Home to make the buying and building process far easier.

On this website, you will find all the answers you need to make your dream of log or timber homeownership a reality. This information is sponsored by the Log and Timber Homes Council (LTHC), part of the Building Systems Councils of the National Association of Home Builders.

Members of the LTHC are a very exclusive association. While more than 400 companies offer log and timber homes in the United States and Canada, less than 40 companies qualify for membership in the LTHC. What sets these companies apart? They offer peace of mind.

Building your dream home is likely one of the largest investments you will make in your lifetime. LTHC members have adopted a number of membership requirements designed to protect your investment. All Log and Timber Homes Council’s members must:

  • Abide by a strict code of ethics
  • Grade their logs and timbers by a third party agency to ensure quality
  • Provide construction manuals to ensure homes are built to meet building codes
  • Sponsor scientific studies that advance log building technologies
Free E-Brochures Connect with member companies that can help bring your dream log and timber home to reality, and receive an e-brochure to learn more about these types of homes.
Log Homes Getting Started
<p>Understand your options, what the process will look like and which companies are available to help your log or home dream come true.</p>

Getting Started

Getting Started

Understand your options, what the process will look like and which companies are available to help your log or home dream come true.

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Log Homes Planning
<p>Figure out which path is right for you as you begin your journey toward a dream log or timber home.</p>

Planning

Planning

Figure out which path is right for you as you begin your journey toward a dream log or timber home.

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Log Homes Budget and Financing
<p>Financing for log or timber homes can differ from conventional homes. Understand the process, research prospective lenders, and create your budget.</p>

Budget and Financing

Budget and Financing

Financing for log or timber homes can differ from conventional homes. Understand the process, research prospective lenders, and create your budget.

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Log Homes Build Your Team
<p>You need a dream team to create your dream home. Understand the benefits of working with a Council member, and how to hire the right builder for the job.</p>

Building Your Team

Building Your Team

You need a dream team to create your dream home. Understand the benefits of working with a Council member, and how to hire the right builder for the job.

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Log Homes Design
<p>Use these savvy design tips to ensure every space in your dream home lives and functions exactly the way you want it.</p>

Design

Design

Use these savvy design tips to ensure every space in your dream home lives and functions exactly the way you want it.

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Log Homes Green Building
<p>Log and timber homes are inherently efficient structures. Make sure you keep your home looking and feeling great by following these best practices.</p>

Green Building and Maintenance

Green Building and Maintenance

Log and timber homes are inherently efficient structures. Make sure you keep your home looking and feeling great by following these best practices.

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Log Homes Buyers' Guide
<p>Discover which path is right for you when making your dream log or timber home a reality.</p>

Buyers’ Guide

Buyers’ Guide

Discover which path is right for you when making your dream log or timber home a reality.

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Log Home Producers
<p>Learn more about the Log &amp; Timber Home Council members and why you should consider them for your dream log or timber home.</p>

Log and Timber Home Producers

Log and Timber Home Producers

Learn more about the Log & Timber Home Council members and why you should consider them for your dream log or timber home.

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Log Homes Library
<p>Download white papers on special topics surrounding log and timber homes.</p>

Library

Library

Download white papers on special topics surrounding log and timber homes.

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