I have been building log homes for twenty five years. I am a Katahdin Cedar Log Home Dealer/Builder in the Mid Atlantic Region. Over the years I have seen folks give up on their dream because of cost. I would like to offer some ideas that might help. Determine your budget and design your home to meet that number. Go to Katahdin Cedar Log Homes.com and select the square footage and model you like and understand that these are changable designs. While doing this think about how you can use a basement for bedrooms and storage. Consider a design that might enable you to add on later. Your land will determine your position and location for the home. I know that may seem strange but,the position is what determines how your house takes advantage of the land. Now, find your Log Home Company, and their Dealer/Builder. These folks know how to make your dream a reality. Have fun with it.