| Greg and Carey Miller embarked on a journey to build their modest log masterpiece in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands three years ago. They didn’t have the luxury of deep pockets and lots of time to work with architects to get the home just right. Instead, they won a design contest sponsored by Log Home Living. From there, they never looked back—but they learned quite a bit. Here are Carey’s tips for building a home you’ll love:
1. Get at least three bids from contractors and subcontractors. Don’t rely on friends, relatives or the lowest bid. Rather, conduct the hiring process as if it’s a job interview. Compare each bid, item for item, ask questions, and if possible, speak to other homeowners who’ve worked with the contractor in the past.