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Log Homes Made Easy (How-To Guides) Paperback – April 1, 1993
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As an experienced builder, Cooper is a strong proponent of log homes even while he debunks some of the myths associated with them (e.g., their rusticity makes them inexpensive and easy to build). Instead, as Cooper suggests, they are products of modern engineering and building methods, and their rustic ambience comes at a hefty price. Still, they occupy a solid niche in the home construction market. For enthusiasts and would-be inhabitants of log homes, Cooper provides concise and sensible information on shopping for kit homes, selecting and preparing suitable land, estimating construction costs, securing financing (sometimes tricky with log homes), and overseeing construction. Numerous well-conceived checklists and forms complete this solid guide for the owner/contractor. Recommended for most public libraries.
- Bill Demo, Tompkins Cortland Community Coll., Dryden, N.Y.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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There are, in my efforts to locate books to educate myself in this pursuit, three general approaches to accomplishing this task. 1) Have a builder do it all for you 2) Become the owner/general contractor and hire the subcontractors yourself or 3) Become the owner/builder and do as much as possible of the labor yourself
I intend to build as much of the home as I can, only subcontracting out those phases that are either too time consuming, labor intensive, or technical.
This book discourages - over and over again - the owner/builder, and only gives slightly higher recommendation to owner/general contractor. He has justification for his opinions.
I don't think this project will be a piece of cake, and much study will take place before and during the undertaking.
I still intend to strive to owner/build, and encourage all those with the same dream to focus on the "can do" and not be dissuaded by those that "can't". Preparation, opportunity, and a little good weather!! David
Some people have a dream to build their own log home. Whether you plan to do all, some or none of the actual work, Jim Cooper offers step by step guidance along the way. His realistic approach gives helpful time tables, sample contracts and punch lists for the various and sundry steps in building that dream home.
Of the many, many log home guides, this is my most favorite because it is both useful and realistic. You might as well learn about change orders, cost over-runs and subcontractors before taking the plunge!
Since I am planning to build my own log home from scratch (not using a kit) I found the bias a little annoying, but I still found a few good pieces of advice here and there. If you are planning to build it yourself from scratch I would recommend taking the two-day seminar from loghomebuilders.org instead, or in addition to this book.
I found it particularly valuable because it takes what seems like a daunting task and breaks it down into managable parts, explaining what must be done each step along the way. If you're considering a log home, the next step is to read this book.