Enlisting the aid of a designer or architect will make the process of narrowing choices easier and help ensure you get the most for your money. Logs aside, some of the other big-ticket items in your build include windows, doors, flooring, roofing and stone masonry.
Here’s a look at some of the factors that determine costs of these materials, what you get for the money and how to make smart choices.
Close your eyes and picture a log home: Most likely, in your imagined house, there’s a wood door. While wood doors seem best suited for a log home, especially at the front entrance, keep in mind that insulated steel doors may be more energy-efficient, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. That said, the front door of a home establishes the first impression, so you might choose a door based on its visual appeal rather than its eco-impact.
Prefinished insulated steel doorwith integrated window
- Cost can be less than $250 (depending on size)
- Interior insulation adds to energy efficiency
- Durable, rust-proof finish
- No wait time for stock units
- Styling may not suit a log home
- Stock sizes may be confining or limited
Custom-built wood door with hand-carved accents and integrated window
- Natural material
- Unique, personalized style
- Wide choice of sizes
- Thick door slab can reduce noise transmission
- Expect to pay $1,000 and up
- Longer wait time
- Periodic application of wood treatment may be required
- May be less energy-efficient than an insulated steel door
Cost of ownership: The cost of a wood door may not be easily recouped, but for many log home owners, that doesn’t matter — this custom touch is worth every penny.