Yes, you CAN know what to expect when starting a new log home project.
It's not as daunting as you think and simple tools and basic log home knowledge can be used to make informed decisions throughout the process.
The first step is figuring out what you like, aesthetically.
Use this interactive log home style guide to get a detailed report that you, your general contractor, designer and architect can all understand.
Finding the right log home floor plan could be a never ending story and all the major log home builders have plans on their website, in my opinion some of the nicer log home plans are on Hearthstone Homes.
Finding the right property for your log homes is important, land for sale shouldn't be hard to come by and this website has a few lots for sale that would be perfect for your log home project.
Heating log homes costs a lot less than some other home construction types. If you chose to go with an off-grid solar panel system or supplemental solar power system this could be reduced even further.
You can use an online appliance energy consumption calculator to help in the solar system decision making process.
Maintenance on log homes is rumored to be higher than other home construction styles also, but this has been proven to be a myth and can be next to nothing with the right materials like poplar bark siding and new metal roofing
Reducing the log home build cost with reclaimed wood building materials have proven to be a highly sought after aesthetic feature, not to mention the positive environmental impact of taking advantage of reused materials, reclaimed wood can be applied as log home siding, heavy timbers, porch decking and railing, doors, interior accents, bathroom and kitchen cabinetry, custom furniture, trim and so much more.
In conclusion the process of deciding to build log homes doesn't have to be a drawn out endeavor that takes years, it could happen in an afternoon, with the right tools, resources and information.