Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the most
commonly asked questions about our log homes.
A: Yes, All of our log components are pressure-treated
with Sodium Borate an EPA-approved, environmentally
friendly, odorless and colorless wood preservative,
This treatment process, which was developed by some
of the leading wood preservation specialists in the
nation, provides initial protection for your log material
against decay and wood ingesting insects (except Formosan
subterranean termites). Our log material is pressure-treated
in LOK-N-LOGS' own treatment facilities so that we can
monitor and control the preservative process.
A: Yes, all wall log components are kiln dried, this
helps to minimize settling and to eliminate SAP seepage.
A: Yes, Any wood which is exposed to the elements needs
to be maintained and preserved in order to prevent mold
and mildew formation, wood cell decay, insect attack
and discoloration caused by the sun's ultraviolet rays.
We at LOK-N-LOGS take proper maintenance so seriously
that we include material for your initial preservative
treatment with your log home package. We recommend that
you apply this preservative soon after you build. As
with other types of homes, gutters and down spouts must
be used. You should also pay particular attention to
any areas of your log walls that are exposed to backsplash
from the ground, air conditioning units, decks, etc.
Your frequency of application depends upon the location
of your log home-whether it is situated in the deep
woods or out in the open. Generally you will need to
retreat your log home on a 3 to 5-year schedule.
A: Shipping is included within the first 200 miles from
our plant. Beyond the 200 mile range, trucking is arranged
by LOK-N-LOGS through independent carriers at a competitive
rate. Most log home packages can be delivered on one
or two loads. Look closely at the package prices of
any company offering 'free' delivery. We're certain
that you'll find an additional cost associated with
this 'free delivery'.
A: To make unloading easier, you really should arrange
for a heavy duty forklift to be at your job site on
the day of delivery. We suggest a machine with a 14'
lift height and a 6,000 pound lift capacity.
A: No. Most lending institutions offer construction
loans for log homes. Generally, your local dealer is
familiar with the lending institutions in your area
and can be a valuable resource as you put together your
financing package. Some lending institutions will not
release funds until the shell package is up and under
roof. For this reason LOK-N-LOGS has developed an interim
financing program which allows you, with an approved
bank commitment, to delay your final payment to us until
your shell is up and you are able to secure your next
bank draw. We will charge interest on the balance owed
to LOK-N-LOGS during this interim period.
A: You can do either as long as your design ideas
are structurally possible (and we'll let you know if
they're not). Many customers change our standard designs
to reflect their own personal tastes or to meet their
individual lifestyle needs. Our experienced design team
will also work from your own unique design, or from
your architect's. We will prepare preliminary floor
plans and, once you have approved them, we will complete
your final drawings which will include extensive plans,
details and sections from the foundation through the
A: The cost of any house, custom or standard, should
be determined by the quantity of materials used: the
footage of wall logs, the numbers and types of windows
and doors, the number of floor joists, trusses or rafters,
etc. and by the complexity of the log house design.
At LOK-N-LOGS, the only variable for a custom log home
is for the preparation of your plans. This fee will
depend upon the nature of the house design and upon
the engineering and code requirements in effect where
the log home is going to be constructed.
A: Generally, you can use any type of heating system
and/or fuel which you choose. Customers usually use
whatever system is most economical and practical in
their area. Many LOK-N-LOGS homeowners use some type
of wood heat, either as a primary or secondary source.
The comments which we received from LOK-N-LOGS customers
Dick and Bonnie Niles are typical. "Our log home
heats easily in the winter and is very cool in the summer,"
they write. "The entire staff was very cooperative
with us during the design and building stages. We would
not hesitate to build again."
A: If your lending institution will approve your loan,
given that you plan to do the construction yourself,
you need only basic tools and some limited building
aptitude to complete the log portion of the structure.
All of our log components are precut to the correct
lengths and numbered. You will receive a computer generated
log wall elevation drawing which corresponds to our
log numbering system and shows the location of each
log in your package. Remember, construction of a log
home requires a lot of muscle, but no particular magic.
Regardless of whether you choose to build your log home
yourself or if you hire a contractor, a LOK-N-LOGS representative
will be at your site to help you start your log construction.
A: No. The insurance for a log home is virtually the
same insurance which you would obtain for a conventionally
constructed home and generally costs the same. We have
fire rating information on file at LOK-N-LOGS should
your carrier require additional information.
A: The per square foot "turn-key" cost of
your log home will be approximately the same as the
finished cost of conventionally constructed homes in
your area if you choose to have the house built and
finished without any participation on your part. Remember
that finish materials and labor costs vary widely in
To illustrate: if you are building a 1,500 square foot
log home and the approximate contractor cost in your
area is $100.00 per square foot then your completed
house, ready to move in should cost about; $150,000.
Your local dealer, or a local contractor, can give you
the most accurate estimate of costs in your area. Obviously,
if you are able to participate in some parts or all
of the construction process you can realize a substantial
savings in construction labor costs.
A: Most of these utilities are run within interior partitions
which are constructed from typical framing materials
or up through closet spaces. Plumbing pipes are run
between floors and within interior partitions. Vertical
channels for electrical wiring to switches and outlet
boxes located in log walls are drilled onsite as the
initial log courses are stacked. The cavities for the
wall outlets are generally notched out of your third
course logs in the desired locations. The actual wires
can be easily 'fished up' later. Notches for any wall
switches or light fixtures alongside doors and windows
are routed into the log ends before your window and
door jambs are installed.
A: Yes. We send a technical field assistant (or if you
buy your LOK-N-LOGS home from one of our dealers, he
or she will assist you)to help you on your first day
of log construction. Our field assistants are there
to help you or your contractor start erecting the first
few log courses and to pass on helpful hints about things
such as drilling for electrical outlets. We at LOK-N-LOGS
take great pride in our family of log home professionals.