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I am looking to build a home within the next year. I want to build a 2500-2800 square foot home. I want the costs to be reasonable. I live in southeastern North Carolina. Can you give any advice about building from a kit?  Thanks for your advice

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Why is the kit more appealing than getting a log builder to custom build? Who is going to build it, you or a builder? What style, or profile of log are you looking at? What is a high or low number per square foot that you would deem reasonable? Turn key or shell?

The advice can only come after the questions are discussed :)


We built a beautiful 3600 sq ft home with 2x6 stud walls, 8" log siding w/ real log corners from Heartwood Lumber of Ozark, MO & saved a lot of costs. Turned out beautiful! Used 8" car siding on interior & couldn't tell from whole logs except for better R-values, lower costs, no settling, checking, or problems finding builders w/experience.

I don't think there are any log home builders in my area. I would really l I keep the cost to remain reasonable and I thought building from a kit might help. Has anyone ever used Appalachian log kits? Thanks

Kimi, I am a log home builder based in Gibsonville NC. We have built Appalachian log Structures, Honest Abe log homes, and Southland,as well as re-erecting log tobacco barns. I am very pleased with ALS packages, they assemble very well, very clean and straight logs, they grade their logs and only send out the best. There is many details that have to be cut on site, Heavy timber rafters, Valley rafters, and many things that a log home builder must know, different from a conventional home. Hand crafted log homes are very costly and the shell alone would cost more than the package and construction cost of a APP Log Home.And stick building with log siding is not a log home, you are totally loosing the value and thermal mass of a log home. I would be glad to work up a quote for your log home project, I work closely with Donald Parsons from App Log and they are awesome. you can see our work at we offer dry in and complete turn key log homes. Hope this helps, JD 

Thanks so much

Hi Kimi - not sure where in Southeastern NC you are building but if you would like to see and speak with our Rep in Sping Hope, NC (outside of Raleigh) please give Walt & Gay Sturgeon a call at 252-478-5610.  They live in a model home and have several homes in the area to show you.  You may also visit their website .  We would love to show you around and the quality log home buildng products (both kit and non-kit) we offer.

That would be nice. Thanks

I have a crew with approx 300 homes under their belt in hillsborough, Nc. And maybe we can help. But your comment about "costs to be reasonable" makes me question expectations. Certainly, we can deliver and build competitively with something new and nice with exposed timber and woodworking. But "reasonable" might mean different things to different people. I'm not in the business to build "reasonable". Special, efficient, rewarding, and painless, yes. Worth it if you have a special piece of property and plan to be there for a while. If you have a floor plan or idea and need a ballpark, call me. 865-368-5165.


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