What are log home kits and are they worth the bother? 

Posted May 03, 2021, Category: Advice

Building any home can be a challenge. It’s an effort to go through the process, starting with deciding what you want and ending with picking the right contractors. It can also be a financial struggle, since rebuilding a long-term residence is not cheap, wherever you are in the world. However, with every challenge come solutions and options. This time the options are log home kits, which we will be introducing in this article. What they are? What are the caveats? Are they the right fit? We’ll try to answer these questions as quickly as possible!

What are log home kits?

In very basic terms, log home kits are turnkey homes that have everything necessary to build fully functional log homes. Think of them as DIY log homes that arrive flat-packed to the building location. They have pre-built walls, floors, rooftops, and other parts that need to be unpacked, assembled and built on top of concrete or other types of foundations. A lot of log homes like that are actually glulam houses, built using glue-laminated timber. This timber gives more options for log home manufacturers to calibrate the size and shape of the planks, which in turn allows more creative options for log home kits.

What are the design options?

Because of the above-mentioned glue lamination process, log home kits come in many design options. Even on Eurodita’s website, there are so many glulam log houses and contemporary log cabins to choose from. However, there are certain limitations when it comes to standard log cabin kits.

First of all, because it is a kit, it’s very likely to come in standard design. Choosing from a catalogue means that there are a finite number of options for cabin kits and it’s likely someone else might have the same-looking log house as you.

The other limitation is money. If you’re choosing log home kits because of financial options, personalisation might not be possible. Each glulam homes kit sold for an affordable price is also produced in big numbers. Here are very few options for changes in size, rearrangement of interior rooms or types of windows. Standard log cabins are also much more straightforward: a single space, possibly with a small separate room for the bathroom. Depending on your budget, the plot of land and personal preference, log home kits can be very restrictive or freeing.

What are the key things to be aware of?

Several things to keep in mind when considering a log cabin kit. First, the easy access to information of what goes into the kit. We at Eurodita always strive to describe what’s in our log cabin kits without sounding too boring or technical. Your chosen log home supplier should also be open and answer all your questions in regards to purchasing the right cabin kit for you.

Secondly, consider your personal preference. House kits are not the most flexible building option. If that is going to be problematic for you, consider an alternative, made to measure log cabins options. Lastly, take into account the land that you plan to build on and how big the chosen kit should be. Consult your log home supplier on every one of these questions and write up some more. It’s your home that’s at stake!

Final thoughts

Log home kits are a life saver if you want something relatively fast, simple and easy to build. Compared to standard log cabins or other classic timber structures, glulam log houses that come in kits are an easy option. They are often standardized, however, and you should keep that in mind when choosing the right size and design of the log home kit. Discuss every detail with your log home supplier and make sure it’s the right fit for you!