Frequently Asked Questions
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Q. Do I have to build one of your existing plans?
A. No, you can use our designs as inspiration or bring us your wish lists and we’ll put them together in a home that you’ll adore. Your ideas are welcome here! Beaver Mountain specializes in creating personalized, one-of-a kind, custom-built log cabin homes, cedar homes, and timber frame homes to fit our customers’ individual lifestyles, needs, and budgets. If you need a place to start, we can help, having created thousands of homes, we have hundreds of home plans on file. We offer limitless design options including green, eco-friendly, and energy-efficient building solutions.
Q. How does Beaver Mountain help with the Design and Build of my home?
A. Our talented, professional designers, consultants, and craftsmen will work directly with you to guide you through the design and build of your custom-built log home, cedar home, or timber frame home. We will conduct an on-site evaluation, create your custom home design, define turnkey estimate ranges, provide a building timeline, conduct contractor introductions and develop a bid analysis that we will use to help you define your total investment and building schedule for your custom home.
Q. Can I build an addition onto a log home?
A. Yes. Additions, sunrooms, outdoor living areas, attached garages, and complete makeovers are possible and we create them often. First, you’ll connect with a Beaver Mountain log home building consultant to review your ideas and plans, then meet at your home to gather the information we need to generate conceptual drawings and estimate ranges. We will create your custom design, provide a building timeline, help locate and recruit contractor candidates, conduct contractor introductions, and solicit competitive bids for your custom home construction. Your Beaver Mountain project designer will then develop a bid analysis and project summary that we’ll use to help you interpret and compare the various proposals.
Q. Can I use my Contractor to build my Beaver Mountain log home?
A. Yes. More than half of our homes have been built by Contractors who had not previously built a Beaver Mountain log home. We specialize in builder-friendly log homes, cedar homes, and timber frame homes that feature pre-engineered, precision pre-cut, prefabricated, and panelized building systems. We also provide outstanding customer and builder services including detailed construction drawings, on-site technical assistance, field support and more.
Q. Will you work with my architect?
A. Absolutely. We welcome opportunities to collaborate! Working with your architect or our architectural design team, the goal is to create a log home, cedar home, or timber frame home that fits your lifestyle and exceeds your expectations.
Q. Does a custom log home cost more than a custom stick-built home?
A. Log homes and timber homes are typically niche areas of construction and tend to cost, somewhat more (generally 10% and up) than a comparable, high quality, custom “stick-built” home with the same level of finishes, amenities, and design complexities. As one might expect, it is less expensive to build a cookie cutter home with vinyl siding, dry wall, and carpeting than a custom home with log and timber components, wood siding, and interior wood finishes. We’d be happy to help you determine a realistic budget for your custom-built home. Let’s talk about what works for you.
Q. Are your construction drawings engineered to meet building and energy codes?
A. Of course! Beaver Mountain’s in-house engineering staff will develop your building site specific construction, assembly and detail drawings for your custom log home or timber home and ensure they meet building and energy codes. Our Architect/Engineer sealed construction drawings will include an Energy Code Compliance Report and be fully prepared to submit for your building permit.
Q. Why do you only service the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states?
A. To help make your building experience easy and more enjoyable, Beaver Mountain Log Homes offers more specialty products and services than most of our competitors. Providing this level of on-site customer and builder services, along with field support by our experienced team, is just not practical on a nationwide scale.
Q. Are Beaver Mountain homes “builder-friendly”?
A. Yes. with an average 20 plus years of experience each, our talented craftsmen work diligently to provide premium, precision pre-cutting, pre-fabricating, panelizing, and other labor-saving, ready-to-assemble features and services that help keep your builder on schedule and on budget. Beaver Mountain homes are also “buyer-friendly”, with some of the best people in the industry at work for you, we’re here to help create your family’s custom-built log home or timber home. We make it easier, our expertise works for you every step of the way- right up to moving day and even after move in!
Q. Are your log and timber components pre-cut and numbered?
A. Yes. Beaver Mountain’s kiln-dried wall logs and timber frame components are structurally graded by certified graders, precision pre-cut, and labeled (ready to assemble). Wall logs are also dry stacked in our facility where we conduct a quality control inspection to check fit and appearance. Once the logs are stacked, you’re invited to come view your log walls to ensure they meet your expectations.
Q. Have you built any commercial or other buildings?
A. Yes. In addition to creating custom log homes and timber frame homes, Beaver Mountain has been involved in many commercial projects: motels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, welcome centers, retail stores, chapels, barns, boat houses, garages, outdoor living spaces, gazebos, pergolas, and more.
Q. What does custom-crafted mean?
A. In short, it means one of a kind. When we talk about our custom-crafted log homes, cedar homes, and timber frame homes, we’re talking about custom-built residences with individualized designs (floor plans), Beaver Mountain offers building systems employing milled log & timber techniques with hand-crafted characteristics (custom crafted) that reflect the needs, wants, and personalities of their owners. There are no options – only choices!
Q. How do I get started?
A. We encourage you to take that first step and give us a call for a feasibility conversation or to schedule an in-person consultation. Speak to one of our log home building consultants. Discuss your lifestyle, ideas, ask questions, and explore endless possibilities. Then let our team tailor a building plan and timeline that is right for you. Along with in-person meetings, we do offer video conferencing for your convenience, to speak with a Building Consultant, call us at 1-607-467-2700.