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Has anyone built a prefab home such as BlueRidge or similar builders? We visited the factory recently and were impressed with the homes, we truly were expecting "log sided trailer" homes. We would love to hear from anyone living in one of these homes, is it equal quality to a site built package, are you happy with the home, would you have done anything different? Did the final cost end up about where you expected it? Thanks for any comments good or bad about these homes.

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Comment by Joanne and Bob on February 25, 2010 at 9:40am
We recently discovered BlueRidge online. The website is wonderful. We hope to buy or build in the next six months. We are going to a log home show in NJ this weekend. We plan to build in Ohio. We'll follow comments to your question.
Comment by Mike & Barbara Higgins on January 21, 2010 at 9:36pm
Hi Joyce,

This is a vacation home for us that will eventually become our retirement home. The cabin was set in June '09. My wife and I are still doing some finish work inside. We have spent quite a bit of time in it though, and have been very pleased with it so far.

We looked at the Linville also, but when we saw the Blowing Rock we just loved the layout. And it was less expensive! You give up the views from the loft in the Blowing Rock, and some height in the main room, but you get a better traffic flow. At least for our family, that is!

We were glad to have made the changes to the master bath. Ergonomically, I think our arrangement works well and makes better use of the floorspace.

Feel free to ask me any questions, either on your blog or in an email. I acted as the general contractor, so I dealt with every aspect of the construction from hiring subs to working with the county inspectors. I think I learned a lot and I'd be glad to share my experiences.

--Mike
Comment by Joyce Baker on January 21, 2010 at 7:58pm
Thanks so much for your comments Mike, the Blowing Rock is one of the two (also Linville) we are considering and wanted to make the same bathroom change you did. How long have you lived there?
Comment by Mike & Barbara Higgins on January 21, 2010 at 12:33am
Hi Joe,

This model is the Blowing Rock 2. Similiar to the Jocasse, a little smaller. We had the porches and deck added by BRLC. We priced out the cost from a separate contractor, and BRLC came in lower.

We only made a few changes to the design. We added a larger dormer to the loft, and upgraded from a half to a full bath there also. We also removed the garden tub from the master bath and went with a 5' shower instead of the standard one. We gained a fair amount of floor space that way.

The foundation is a poured 10' by 10". The contractor used a form that had a brick pattern. We hadn't asked for it, but we liked it. Eventually we'd like to add a stone veneer, but for now the brick look is fine. BRLC didn't inspect the foundation beforehand, but I used their plans and the concrete contractor was extremely careful with measurements. We were at most 1 inch off corner to corner. Our contractor even went to the point of getting the joist layout for the cabin so he could align the tie down bolts to give the best access for the install crew.

I'll post more images soon.
--Mike
Comment by Joe on January 20, 2010 at 9:03pm
Mike,
Your BRLC appears to be the Jocasse V, is this correct?
If so did the porches on each side of the family room come with it or were they extra?
Did you have BRLC do the decks?
Did you make any changes in the internal design?
Did your poured baseforms include what looks like a stone on brick facade in the finish?
When I have talked with them they indicated they come out and make sure the foundation is correct in dimensions so that the house drops down correctly. Was this done?

Thanks,
Joe, Sarasota.
Comment by Mike & Barbara Higgins on January 20, 2010 at 5:12pm
I purchased from Blue Ridge Log Cabins last year. The experience was wonderful! I've never lived in a log home previously, so I have nothing to compare, but from a general construction standpoint the quality was very impressive. Blue Ridge gave a list of approximate additional expenses for things like electric & plumbing hook-up and the foundation. They were a bit low, probably 20%. The majority of the added expense was because we required a special septic system because of our location. The cabin pricing from BRLC was up front when we signed the contract.

The only things I would change are minor, such as where light switches are located.

They were very responsive to any problems that occurred. There were definately a couple bumps in the road, but overall I would recommend them.
Comment by Tim n Eileen Thorstad on November 10, 2009 at 12:20am
Darn good question. We're probably years away from building a log home so we don't know what we're going to do, but the thought of a prefab log home is pleasing to my pocketbook. I hope somebody who's built one answers you. Then again, maybe there's a stigma associated with prefabs.

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