While you are considering how to position your home on your building site, another step in the process is to refine your design.
This is the best time to figure out what kind of design will fit within your desired budget, and then design your home accordingly.
Developing a good floor plan design and assessing the cost feasibility of your design go hand in hand, often occurring at the same time.
We have developed a handy Excel spreadsheet that may be helpful in estimating many areas of the construction process. Download our Construction Estimate Worksheet here.
Every handcrafted log or timber home that Caribou Creek builds is a custom home. However, it is often nice to start with a sample log home floor plan, and modify it to fit your family, lifestyle, build site and budget.
When you’ve reviewed everything you can – without yet having a set of construction plans – and are ready to take the next step into actually drawing up your plans, we will enter into a Design Agreement with you. This agreement covers the cost of designing and drafting your home, based on a set rate per square foot of your home’s estimated total square footage.
You may have several meetings with your Caribou Creek representative and a member of our design team during this step. As your plan takes shape you might think of something to add, or see something you’d like to change. This is the time to make sure your home is going to be just the way you like it. It’s always a lot easier to change wood in paper form rather than log form!
While you are in the process of finalizing your construction drawings, it is a good time to begin involving your general contractor in the planning. He will be able to add his input on the cost feasibility and the overall design.
When your plans are finalized, we will draw up a final proposal for the contract amount and an outline of everything included in your custom log home package. If all is how you would like it, the next step is to enter into a Construction Agreement with you. We’ll have you sign your approval of the drawings in their completed state, and that will officially “pull the trigger” on your new home!