One of the most exciting parts about building a custom home is the design process. It’s the part where you get to dream and be creative about what you would like to see in your home. Designing your home is one of the first steps in the process. If you already have a design, perfect! If you don’t, our award-winning designers will walk you through some of the steps.

Discovery and Inspiration Phase

The first step is to have our designer sit down with you and learn a bit more about your lifestyle, tastes, likes, dislikes and any special features that you may want to have in your home. You are a critical part of this stage as this is where we begin to map out what you have been envisioning. For this meeting feel free to bring other designs, layouts ideas or sketches that you have and would like to incorporate. It’s also a good time to help identify the elements that you don’t want in the home so we can truly design the perfect custom home.

Creative and Development Phase

Next, after we have a sense of what you would like, and consider your budget and any land constraints, we can start to bring the ideas into reality. A complete floor plan will be designed along with a 3D rendering to help you visualize the space. For us this is an exciting time as clients can finally see what they have been thinking and planning for years.

Refining Phase

After the initial creative and 3D renderings are presented, we encourage you to spend some time looking it over and thinking about each of the rooms and their elements and how everything will flow. Together we will revise and adjust the layout and design to make the space exactly what you want. This phase can consist of numerous emails, calls and meetings to help ensure everything is perfectly designed.

Budget Verification Phase

Next, once we have the final design approved by you, the designer will contact the builder and confirm all the specs and details for a final budget. This is where we can also talk about what additional support you might need with your package including general contractors, other trades, transportation and shipping.

Construction Begins

Once everything has been signed off we can begin to select the timber and begin construction. Sometimes during this phase there are some last minute changes. If you realize that you need some extra space, a wall moved, or you want some additional feature timber, we will work closely with you and the designers to adjust and adapt the design as we build.

Once we have the design completed in the log yard we will disassemble your home, ship it to your location, and build it on site.

The overall timeframe for this process can take as little as 6 months and up to a year or two depending on a number of factors. No matter the project and how long it takes, know that we are here to help you every step of the way and answer any questions that you have.

Getting Started

If you would like to learn more about how to get started building your log home, visit our Log Homes 101 section or check out our plans and galleries pages for some additional inspiration.

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions you have or for a quote. We would be happy to help!