When is the Best Time to Build Your Log or Timber Home?

A log or timber home can be a fantastic investment for you to enjoy for years to come. However, the process requires hard work and dedication and demands your full attention. So, when should you start the process of constructing your dream home? There are many factors at play when it comes to making this decision. Here are four factors to consider when deciding the best time to build your log or timber home.

Season of Life

Do you want a log home to support a growing family, or do you dream of having a getaway for retirement? The season of life you are in can affect when it is the best time to build your log or timber home. If you are working full-time and raising a family, it may not be as easy to build a log or timber home as it would be if you were single or close to retirement. You may also want to be a part of the construction process. It can be easier to do some of the work yourself and save money when you are younger and stronger than when you are older.

Now or Later

It can take anywhere from one to five years to build a log or timber home from design to move-in ready. Depending on your financial circumstances, you may need to wait to start the process or choose to begin building right away. You may want to consult with a financial advisor to help you make an informed decision on whether to start building now or later. Be aware that in almost every case it costs less to build sooner than later.  This is due primarily to inflation and additional or more costly materials as required by building code requirements.

Your Lifestyle

Your lifestyle is another important contributing factor when building your log or timber home. It is important to consider when you have the most time to be involved in the process. There are so many decisions to make in the building process, from design to construction. You will have to choose your design, meet with contractors and make important decisions on any challenges that may arise. If you have a busy lifestyle with plenty of responsibilities, it can delay when you choose to build your dream home.

Time of Year

The time of year plays a critical role in the best time to build your log or timber home. Builders and subcontractors may be more productive during the summer months from not dealing with harsh weather elements. It can also cost more to build during the winter months. This cost is because the building materials will need to be protected with heated enclosures, ground heaters and warming blankets that can drive up costs.

In addition, unloading and delivering the log home package in the snow to the construction site can be challenging. It takes longer to build when dealing with rain and snow, which can decrease efficiency and increase labor costs.  However, be aware that construction happens throughout the year.  Be assured that at least part of the build will happen during inclement weather, no matter when construction begins.

 Another thing to consider is the cost of purchasing building materials. Log, timber and other building materials can be cheaper to buy during certain times of the year. For example, in the fall months, the market is historically slower, and you may be able to find some great deals. Building permits and contractors are also easier to acquire during slower months. When constructing your log or timber home, you will need to keep all these factors in mind to help make the process less stressful and more affordable.

Ready to Build Your Log or Timber Home?

The best time to build your log or timber home is up to you. Before you begin, consider all the important aspects that go into the design and construction process. The experts at Sierra Log & Timber can help you with every step from start to finish to help you create your dream home. Homes can be customized to fit your unique lifestyle, or you can choose a pre-designed plan. Call to request a design consultation today.

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