Trying to determine the cost of building a log cabin without specifics is next to impossible, but according to Southland Log Homes, you can expect to pay between $110 and $180 per square foot depending on the state where the cabin in built. Other factors that cause prices to fluctuate wildly include the builder, foundation type, log type and size, location of the cabin, footprint, design complexity, log joining method and interior finishes.
Log Home advises a potential cabin owner to determine a floor plan for the structure, thoroughly plan each phase of construction, from excavation to finishing, and utilize tools like online calculators and contractor quotes to determine the rough cost of building. There are also ways to cut down on the cost. Sticking with a modest, simple floor plan is one of the largest cost savers. Other money-saving measures include completing some of the work without contractors, choosing more humble interior finishes and sourcing materials locally.
Log Home warns potential cabin owners to budget carefully to account for the inevitability of some items running over budget. This is also a time to prioritize which home items a cabin needs and can do without. Future maintenance costs should also be explored, since cabins and log homes usually require more frequent and thorough maintenance than many stick-built homes.