There is no place like home, especially if you are building an Oregon log home. Oregon is a beautiful state overflowing with scenic views and plenty to see and do. To make your dream home a reality, careful planning and organization are necessary. There are potential pitfalls that could turn your dream into a nightmare. Here are five things to keep in mind when building your Oregon log home.

Financing Pre-Approval

Oregon property lots can sell quickly. Acquire financing pre-approval before starting your land search, so you do not miss out on your dream location. Once you discover the perfect property to build your Oregon log home, make an offer immediately. Include a timeframe of up to 30 days with your offer to determine building feasibility. This margin will give you plenty of time to inspect the property thoroughly before making a final purchase decision.

Land Surveys

Land surveys can protect you from future legal or investment issues that can affect your building your Oregon log home. A land survey can help you determine boundary lines and streamline the building permit process. It can help you identify any liens that may be against the property. You can find a licensed surveyor by searching the website for the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineers and Land Surveyors.

Your Oregon Log Home Lot Size

There may be specific restrictions in many Oregon counties regarding the minimum size of rural residential lots. In some areas, the property for building your Oregon log home must be at least two acres. In other areas, it must be 10, 20 or even 80 acres. These restrictions are in place to simplify future urban expansion and restrict the transition of agricultural lands to residential properties. These zoning requirements may affect how your Oregon log home is situated on the property as well. Before you build, investigate zoning restrictions before you purchase land. These zoning restrictions may not apply to properties that currently have an established residence.

Availability to Essential Resources

Be prepared to pay more for site development if the property for building your Oregon log home has no availability to essential resources. These resources include utility lines, water, sewer and road access. The costs for site development to obtain these resources can cost $30,000 or more. If the property needs extensive site development, partner with a real estate developer to guide you through the process.

Building Restrictions

There may be certain building restrictions along with zoning regulations for building your Oregon log home. Some property lots may have restrictions on size and style of homes built there. Certain locations allow animals and livestock, while other areas may be stricter about land use. If your property includes lakes or wildlife habitat, you may be required to adjust your building plans. To receive further information about these building restrictions, contact the local Land Conservation and Development Office.

Proper Home Design

One of the biggest problems for an Oregon log home is incorrect home design.  Many log homeowners deal with freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall in the winter and unbearable warmth in the summer.  Other area of the state experience many months of high rainfall. 

An improperly designed home will be subject to excessive exposure and suffer subsequent damage resulting in expenses that can cause serious financial strain on your household budget. For this reason it is imperative that your log home designer be intimately familiar with the conditions at your building site to assist you with correctly designing your home to non only meet your needs and budget, but to function properly in the environment where it is to be built.

Ready to Build Your Oregon Log Home?

If you are looking to build your log home in Oregon, it is essential to find a builder you can trust.

Sierra Log & Timber is an industry leader for high-quality custom log and timber homes. We have delivered exceptional customer service for buyers across the United States for over 25 years. Request more information on pre-made and customized packages for building your Oregon log home today.

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