Building your log home – where to start?

It has been months, or perhaps years, that you’ve been considering building a log home but you are not sure where to start.  You are not alone.  Many hesitate when it comes time to set into motion sure an ambitious project.

That is why experts like Amelie, at Harkins, are there to accompany you in this grand adventure.  Harkins specializes in log and timberframes homes.

The Log Home Experts

Based in Mont-Tremblant, they have exported their “savoir-faire” not only to the four corners of Quebec but also to Ontario and even to Palestine and Morocco.  This company loves log homes.  They live and breathe log homes – or almost.  But they also love to work together with people who want to realize their construction project and are ready to invest the time, energy and money to create a log home or cottage that is unique.

Undertaking an Ambitious Project

According to Amelie, the following steps are the most important:

  1. Know your limits (budget, involvement and ability to deal with stress):

    Even if it seems like a less glamorous step, it is important to take the time to work on your budget and to evaluate the financial feasibility. You will save both time and money if you understand from the outset those things which you can and cannot afford. When you present your budget to your constructor and designer (specialist in architectural services), they will be able to make recommendations regarding the different possibilities and options that are available according to your finances.

    If you already have an idea of your financial limits, you can consider your timeframe, your level of involvement in the project and different means you have at your disposal to help deal with the stress of the project. Certain people have the knowledge, the time and energy to manage all the aspects of the construction of a house. Others prefer simply to entrust a qualified and competent constructor with many of the details. Understanding your own capacities is important in laying the groundwork for the realization of your dream log home.


  2. Find your location and your land:

    Far from being unimportant, your choice of land will influence many aspects of the design and the construction of your log home. Hence, it is important to consider the geographical region that you like. It should be easily accessible from your primary residence if you plan to use your country home every weekend and offer access to the activities or points of interest that attract you.

    Would you like to live on the side of a mountain? A steep, craggy lot would allow you to have an architectural design that includes various “walkouts” at different levels of the house. Would you prefer to be lakeside? Then perhaps a single-story home offering a view from all of the major rooms would suit you very well. The choice of your land will also influence the costs related to the construction and maybe as well the addition of decorative rocks on lower levels.


  3. Identify/confirm your style: log or post and beam?

    When you close your eyes to imagine your log home, what are the elements that are important to you? Do you want to be surrounded by log walls and wood panelling on the ceilings (log home style) or do you imagine a mix of styles bringing together certain rustic elements and other more modern features. There are two distinct styles of wood homes. As you work with an expert who understands and loves this material, it will be possible to consider your personal preferences and create a plan in your image and that harmonizes with the land that you have chosen in advance. You can see a few of our realizations to get inspired.


  4. Consider the use of the house:

    You know where you would like to build, what your budget is, and the style that you prefer. Now your designer will most certainly ask you to determine the use of the log home that you are preparing to design with her (or him). Is your project going to be a weekend rustic, yet chic, log home cottage where you’ll invite family and friends for some “après-ski”? Or are you looking to build a log home that you plan to rent out in the long term? Is this the beginning of your retirement? While you’re reflecting on this question, also ask yourself what would be some of the more important elements for which you don’t want to skimp: private bath, private quarters for guests, a warm and inviting fieldstone fireplace?


  5. Carefully choose your builder:

    Once you have taken the time to reflect upon the above questions, carefully do your research. Choosing a constructor who is specialized in this particular domain will help you to avoid a lot of unwelcome surprises and will also save you much time and energy. Today’s log home must be ecological and energy efficient. It must be welcoming, comfortable and adapted to your needs. It is an important investment so you want to entrust it to the experts who inspire confidence.


Our best piece of advice?  Plan a meeting right away with Amelie Harkins, the expert in the conception and design of log homes and timberframe homes (traditional and hybrid).

She will be delighted to explain the advantages of a log construction, the properties of white pine wood, the techniques used to maintain these homes, the different methods of construction and the differences between the two styles.  She will gladly listen in order to understand your needs and develop your plans that will turn your dream into reality.

About Harkins

Harkins specializes in the construction of log and post and beam (timberframe) homes.  Our family business offers you personalized experience, based on 30 years of expertise in the domain.  Harkins is a reference in the log home industry and also in timber structures.  Our homes can be delivered and installed anywhere in North America and overseas.

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Contact us on our website or call us toll free at 1(877) 688-3571

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