The charm of getting up every morning at half past dark thirty to build cookie cutter homes tends to wear thin for many builders after a few years. If you’re looking to get out of the stick frame rat race and into something more artistic and lucrative, look no further than the log and timber frame home building industry.

The good news is that there are far more buyers for these home than there are contractors to build them. The bad news is the time frame for buyers to pull the trigger on a purchase is usually two to five years. So this isn’t a get rich quick niche market by any means. However, because these are often dream homes, there is considerable evidence that the industry sees strong sales even when the U.S. economy is frail.

What do you need to succeed in the log home industry? Veterans recommend obtaining a basic knowledge of log home building and its challenges. A building system is required for this building material because logs shrink, twist, settle and reach a new equilibrium with their environment after construction.

This means as a builder you must educate yourself about the advantages and disadvantages of different tree species, fastening systems, preservatives and sealants that are available within the industry. Contact the companies in these links for information on their particular system and what markets are open for representation.

Heritage Log Homes
Jim Barna Log Systems
Old Virginia Hand Hewn Log Homes
Wilderness Log Homes