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Modern Timber Frame Mountain Homes

We spend more time in our homes than almost any other place. At Logangate Timber Homes, we believe that modern mountain homes should be more than just a place to live, it’s a place to make a statement. Living in the mountains is a luxury experience and getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life is beneficial in many ways. Whether you’re looking for a vacation home, investment home, or a forever home, you can’t go wrong with the tranquility and rustic beauty of modern mountain homes by Logangate. Our timber frame cabin kits allow for expansive vaulted rooms with the warmth of douglas fir timbers. Most timber companies use lesser pine or similar tongue and groove but Logangate ups it one more by providing 2×6 Douglas Fir tongue and groove. Thus all of our mountain home plans’ ceilings are designed entirely with Douglas fir to create a dramatic and beautiful environment. Douglas Fir is not only beautiful, but it is also the strongest softwood available. Logangate Timber Frame Mountain Homes are built with strength, beauty, and durability in mind.

Cantilevered Home

Cantilevered Home

Sloped terrains can be challenging to build on, but not for Logangate’s modern mountain homes. The pedestal home by Logangate Timber Homes has the unique ability to cantilever 10-12 feet in all four directions. Steeply sloped lots are now buildable because the pedestal home requires only a small foundational footprint. Less foundation, especially on a steep lot, means dramatic cost savings on your foundation and final timber home build. Not only do you get a uniquely designed Cantilevered Home but timber frame mountain homes offer a living experience that is unlike any other. At Logangate, we offer Classic and Contemporary Pedestal homes, timber frame mountain homes, and many other mountain home plans to accommodate anyone’s style and taste as well as offer a wide range of plans with different square foot parameters.
Post & Beam Cabins

Post & Beam Cabins

Our Post and Beam style utilizes a post in the wall that supports the Douglas Fir rafter coming down on that point load. Our rafters are 4’ on center thus we typically grow or shrink the floor plans in 4’ increments. We also offer a fully exposed loft floor system using the same Douglas Fir that you would see in the ceiling. Capturing your views is most critical. Our Timber Frame Kit designs do just that. True Timber Home designs do not have attics therefore our clerestories are just that, clear and open which allows us to design glass all the way to the ceiling.
PreFab Timber Frame Home Kit

PreFab Timber Frame Home Kit

Logangate Timber Frame Mountain Homes are a Hybrid Timber Home company. We stick build the walls and pre-install the windows all in our plant, that process is called panelization. With our table jigs, we are able to build the walls with much tighter tolerances than if they were built in the field. We pre-cut and sand all the timbers and pull all the material you would need to dry in your new home. You can say Timber Frame Kit Home or Prefab Timber Frame Kit Home, but the technical term is Panelized Post and Beam Home. That is what we do.
Stay on Time and on Budget

Stay on Time and on Budget

With Logangate Timber Frame Mountain Homes, your package or kit costs are known upfront and will not change. No onsite delays with a Panelized prefab timber frame kit. Delivered on time and erected in days not months. Quick erection time eliminates unwanted exposure to the elements, little to no wasted materials, and less chance of theft. Just a better way to build.
Quality is our Signature

Quality is our Signature

For over 50 years we have been providing the highest quality Post and Beam homes delivered throughout the country. We have stood the test of time with hard work, excellent service, and providing an exceptional home with exceedingly high value. The proof is in the quality of every Logangate home and customer satisfaction is an added bonus. Browse Logangate’s modern mountain homes and get started on your journey to your perfect home today!

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What Is a Prefab Home and Why Is It Popular?

What Is a Prefab Home and Why Is It Popular?

Prefab homes are gaining popularity. Those looking to save building costs by researching alternatives typically start by asking: what is a prefab home? Understanding how prefab homes work, including their advantages, limitations, and available prefab home options, will help you determine if buying a prefab home is the right decision. This article will answer those specific questions and provide an overview of the considerations for buying prefab unique timber frame homes.

What is a Prefab Timber Home? 

Prefab, which is just a shortened version of the word “prefabricated,” simply means that home was manufactured off-site in separate sections and shipped to the final location for full assembly. There are two primary types of prefab homes: modular and kits. All modular homes are, by definition, prefab. However, all prefab homes are not necessarily modular. Modular homes are usually about 70% built when delivered to the home site and often use a light steel frame construction with cheaper building materials. Quality, high-end prefabricated timber homes can be beautifully crafted and feature stunning designs.

What is a prefab home compared to a mobile home? There are several key differences between mobile homes (often called “trailer homes”) and prefab homes. As opposed to a trailer home, prefab homes are not completely assembled before delivery. Prefab homes also use an entirely different manufacturing process and significantly higher quality materials. High-end prefab builders like Logangate Timber Homes actually use real lumber for an authentic look and feel. While trailer homes are constructed on a chassis for easy transportation, prefab homes are usually built on stronger foundations (including poured cement or block foundations), giving them much more stability and resilience to severe weather. 

What is a High-End Prefab Home?

Non-modular, high-end prefab homes are typically made with higher quality materials and more reliable construction techniques. This greater attention to quality results in more durable, sustainable, customizable, longer-lasting, and attractive homes. You can see examples of unique timber frame homes built by Logangate here:

How do Prefab Homes Work?

Prefab homes are built at the manufacturer’s location and shipped in pre-assembled portions to the final home site. These portions, often called panels, are specially engineered to fit together easily and precisely. Before the building process even begins, the manufacturer should partner closely with you to assess your preferences, needs, budget, and timeline. 

Although some people with the proper tools and knowledge do opt to errect prefab homes themselves, most buyers use a local general contractor or construction company to complete the assembly of their unique timber frame homes. A general contractor or similar resource will also be needed to help with projects like plumbing, electrical, and interior finishing. The typical time required for a complete prefab home build is approximately six months to one year depending on location. 

Because prefab homes are offered in standard kits, the manufacturing process for the entire house can be standardized without sacrificing quality. Customization options also mean that your home will be a  unique timber frame home that will incorporate excellent materials and construction methods, like the renowned post and beam design. The post and beam construction method, used by Logangate Timber Homes, has been relied on for centuries due to its strength, stability, and unique ability to showcase the natural beauty of timber.

Advantages of a High-End Prefab Home

There are significant advantages to choosing a high-end prefab home. Whether or not these advantages apply to you depends mostly on your specific tastes and overall budget. Five of the most widely applicable advantages are listed below:

  • Prefab homes are often chosen because they are faster to construct and require less labor and materials than custom stick-built alternatives.
  • Prefab homes can be less expensive than traditional homes. In comparison to the cost of building a high-end traditional home, which can easily be $400 per sq foot or more, high-end prefab homes can cost as little as $250 per sq foot. Additionally, prefab homes have little to no cost variance during their manufacturing and assembly. Because the material costs are predetermined, and the homes are specifically designed for easy assembly, the total building costs can be precisely estimated and controlled. Lower building costs can allow homeowners to focus on getting a dream property that suits their needs.
  • Depending on the manufacturer, high-end prefab homes are often more sustainable and environmentally friendly than traditionally-built homes. 
  • Many manufacturers offer customizable options for their prefab homes, allowing you to personalize aspects of the home to your liking. 
  • Most prefab home manufacturers provide all the drafting services you will need. You will save thousands of dollars since you will not have to hire an architect. 
  • The strength and durability of high-end prefab homes are often preferred in locations known for severe weather, or for hillside locations that would make traditional building difficult.

Prefab Home Limitations

What is a prefab home limitation? There are some limitations to what a prefab home can offer buyers, especially if budget is not a primary concern when building. Some important limitations to consider include the following:

  • While prefab homes offer a significant range of flexibility and customizable options, traditional homes can truly be built with 100% custom specifications tailored precisely to the homeowner’s preferences. These preferences can include unique architectural layouts, one-of-a-kind carpentry flourishes, or other special features that require the help of experienced designers and contractors. 
  • Traditional and Prefab homes have stronger resale value than modular homes as they are often the first option home buyers seek. 
  • Any quality prefab homes will still require access to all of the same utilities required by traditionally built homes, including gas, electricity, water (city or well), and things like a driveway and walkway, etc. The cost of adding these amenities and utilities will likely be higher in a rural setting.

When to Consider Buying a Prefab Home

With custom home building often entailing a long and costly process, many buyers are wondering: should I buy a prefab home?

Most prefab home buyers share some traits in common, including the strong preference to avoid long, stressful building timelines, a strict budget, a focus on sustainable living, and the desire to live on a larger or more rural property that is less developed. Concerns about exceeding your budget are especially relevant now as the cost of building a custom home is the highest it has been in recent years. 

Another key consideration for if now is the time to consider buying a prefab home is if you have purchased a piece of property and want to either replace the current dwelling unit or start from scratch. Prefab homes can be an easy way to accomplish either of those goals for your next move. 

If you’re considering a timber home for your family, you are about to embark on a home investment that is unique, breathtaking, and beautiful. One unique timber home style to consider is the pedestal home. The pedestal home is an incredibly unique and beautiful type of timber home. The main structure of your home actually cantilevers ten feet from all four of its sides. Just as the name suggests, a cantilevered home uses beams that are only anchored on one end. This allows for structures to hang over without having to have external bracing. The foundation is very small and that doesn’t cause very much of a site disturbance which helps to preserve the grounds in the area. With the grounds in their pristine and natural conditions, the beauty of this particular timber home is hard to beat. Because the pedestal home is literally on a pedestal above environmentally sensitive sites such as flood plains, marshes, and steep slopes, the sky is the limit on where you are actually capable of building. You will also love the fact that you will save tens of thousands of dollars with the smaller, pedestal foundation.  This opens up so many possibilities that it’s no wonder this unique home is a viable solution for those that know about it.

What is a Chalet Home?

A chalet home style, also commonly referred to as a Swiss Chalet house, is a style of home architecture common in the Alpine region of Europe. A chalet home style is typically made of timber and includes a gently sloping roof and overhanging eaves. The overhanging eaves are great for providing protection from the elements and rough weather as well as providing a beautiful architectural style. Swiss Chalet homes were introduced to the United States in the mid-1800s by architect Andrew Jackson Downing. Because of their mid-European roots, these homes are fantastic choices for mountainside residences or fit for any other uneven landmass. The design is frequently used for vacation homes but is fantastic for year-round living as well.

Benefits of Chalet Homes 

What is a chalet home benefit? There are numerous benefits to owning a chalet house. The house’s fairly simplistic construction with basic materials and an uncomplicated design means chalet houses can be built more affordably than homes of a similar size. The floor plans are very flexible, with plenty of opportunities for customization with the overhanging eaves, windows, and exposed architecture. Common unique features that can be added to a chalet home are carved rafters and ornamental shingles. Chalet home style comes in numerous sizes as well, depending on your needs. Our traditional chalet home floor plans start at 600 square feet but can go up to 4000 square feet with the addition of a single wing or two wings to construct a Grand Chalet home. Chalet homes typically have a lot of windows that allow for copious amounts of natural light and a beautiful view of your surroundings. Due to the A-frame design, the ceilings in chalet homes are very high, with a lot of open space for an open and cozy home. Chalet home style offers a very sleek and elegant aesthetic while maintaining the warmth and coziness of a Logangate Timber Home.

Premium Quality, Luxury Prefabricated Homes by Logangate

So, what is a prefab home by Logangate? Our homes are customizable, high quality, affordably built, and resilient houses that are designed with comfort and style in mind. At Logangate Timber Homes, we don’t compromise on our buildings and value client satisfaction above all else. At Logangate, we don’t just build average cookie-cutter houses; we are dedicated to building homes with heart and care. Start building your dream home today and contact Logangate now!

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Why Post and Beam Construction Is Popular in Mountains

Why Post and Beam Construction Is Popular in Mountains

Post and beam construction has existed since the European Middle Ages, depicted in paintings, and some even stand in Europe today. In greater North America, there are some post and beam construction homes that are still standing from colonial America. Today, post and beam home designs are becoming more prevalent and modernized with technology and advanced techniques that give them a modern look without sacrificing the post and beam charm. 

Let’s dive into why post and beam homes are popular in mountainous areas and regions, as well as a brief comparison of timber frame homes. The timber frame building method is a popular building method that lasts equally as long as the post and beams. The two construction methods are very similar, so let’s first take a look into what the difference between the two is.

Post and Beam VS Timber Frame, What is the Difference?

Timber homes can be either post and beam construction or timber frame, with the main difference being how the timbers are connected to each other. Post and beam construction typically uses decorative steel plates to tie members together. Timber frame, on the other hand, uses centuries-old building techniques that are connected by mortise and tenon joints and secured together with wooden pegs, typically made of strong material like maple or oak. Oak pegs are traditionally used for their durability as well as their availability. 

 

The beams of both techniques of these homes are fully exposed to the inside. The timbers allow for a home to have much more clerestory space adding great amounts of volume to a room and highlighting the beauty of the wood. Many cabin homebuyers appreciate and love the beauty of the exposed framing in both build styles, and you can’t go wrong with either style. 

Post and Beam VS Timber Frame: the Pricing

Timber frame homes are typically much more expensive than post and beam log home designs. The primary reason for this is that precision cutting and fitting the joints is very labor intensive and requires skilled labor to be done correctly. The second reason is that timber framing requires a cost increase for the extra timber. At Logangate Timber Homes, we utilize post and beam home designs to achieve a beautiful end product without breaking the bank or over-extending your intended budget.

Post and Beam VS Timber Frame: Similarities

Timber frame cabins and post and beam home designs both typically feature expansive wood vaulted ceilings instead of traditional drywall ceilings. Wood vaulted ceilings mean no popcorn ceiling, which is a vehemently opposed tragedy that was popular between the 1950s to the 1980s. So when you choose timber frame cabins or post and beam log home designs, you’re actually choosing timeless elegance that won’t go out of style.

Post and Beam Construction in the Mountains

Now that we’ve covered the two build methods, why are post and beam framing so popular in mountainous or hilly regions? The answer lies in its sturdy construction practices and how homebuyers love the traditional feel of open timber homes. Many mountain homes and lodges begin with a strong foundation on a steep lot. In a traditional home building project, the sloping grade of the lot is a very difficult problem to solve. Today, professional contractors often use a combination of pedestal homes and cantilevers to build the home around the natural landscape with minimal disturbance to the site. Building homes in this manner means preserving the natural beauty of the mountainous landscape.  Another option is our Horizon plan.  On steeper lots you don’t want a deep house plan, meaning from street side to view side.  The deeper your plan the taller and taller your back foundation the more costly.  The Horizon is only 22’-24’ deep and the width grows and shrinks in 6’ increments.  

Logangate’s Mountain Home Building Process

Logangate Timber Homes are designed and built with affordability, style, and reliability in mind. Our homes begin with materials that are directly sourced from long-time partners. Partnering with lumber distributors saves on time and cost, which trickles down to the homebuyer. Additionally, our homes are manufactured in parts of a whole in an off-site climate-controlled manufacturing warehouse. Building homes in sections (also known as prefabrication) saves on the cost of materials, allows for greener and more energy efficient homes, and faster build times.

Reputation for Building Affordable and Reliable Homes

At Logangate Timber Homes, we hold a core value of building quality homes at an affordable and fair price for our clients has kept us going for over 50 years. At Logangate, we are proud of our reputation as one of the trusted leaders in the building industry. We’ve earned our reputation by building high-quality, gorgeous timber homes throughout the continental United States at a fair price with an emphasis on our client satisfaction. We believe everyone should have the home of their dreams, and we are committed to delivering post and beam home designs that will exceed expectations and be a pleasure to call home for generations to come.

Whether the property will be an investment home, a vacation home, or a forever home, homebuyers love the look and feel of a mountain lodge or cabin. Post and beam homes embody that spirit that homebuyers look for, and many look no further than Logangate Timber Homes!

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How to Choose Timber Frame House Plans

Choosing to build a new home can be a daunting task. According to the US Census Bureau, 1.34 million homes were completed in 2021, with a majority of those homes in the southern region of the US. Even with so many homes being constructed, there continues to be a shortage in the present day. Of course, there are many variables that influence the American housing market. In an interview with Karan Kaul, a Housing Supply Specialist at the Urban Institute, estimates that the US will be experiencing a housing shortage for at least a decade.

With so much pressure on the housing market, it can be even more stressful for new home buyers when choosing timber frame house plans for their Logangate dream home. Here is our guide on tips and tricks to consider when choosing timber frame floor plans for your home.

Pick and Stick to a Budget

A common mistake that new homebuyers make is that new homebuyers often exceed their budget or hire an inexperienced home contractor that does not provide transparent pricing estimates in the early stages of the build process. According to Nationwide, when a new home is built, there will be an average of 22 subcontractors working on the project. This is a lot of variables to handle for an inexperienced homebuyer, and trusted general contractors are hard to find. Picking a Logangate Timber Home will come with transparent pricing and an experienced contractor who will help you pick the right choices every step of the way.

Lot Sites for Timber Frame House Plans

A big factor to consider when choosing a timber frame house plan is the lot size and how your timber frame home plans will be impacted by the size, shape, and elevation of your lot. Many modern mountain homes utilize pedestal home designs to accommodate challenging build terrain. Using cantilevered designs helps expand options for timber frame floor plans and opens the floor for homebuyers to customize wherever they see fit.   

Simple is Sometimes Better

They say that French King Louis XIV is the founder of the simple spice combination of salt and pepper because he believed that simple seasoning was better to avoid crowding food taste. Today, simple timber frame house plans can be better depending on what the homebuyer is searching for. Simple timber frame house plans have the typical perk of saving on build time as well as typically having more open spaces to make the home feel large and welcoming. At Logangate Timber Homes, we offer several floor plans from which our homebuyers can choose, or they can design their own. Our Logangate homes are either 24’ or 28’ wide, and the length is variable in 4’ increments, i.e. 24 x 36, 40, 44.  Also, check out our new Modern Cabin called Unity. 

Determine the Basics

Knowing what basic attributes of the home you’re looking for will help in planning your timber frame floor plans. For example, how many square feet can your lot size accommodate? How many bedrooms and bathrooms are you looking for? What about a walkout basement, storage spaces, kitchen, living room, and laundry spaces? How many floors are you wanting? Having an idea of what attributes you’re looking for can allow correspondence between you and your contractor when brainstorming idioms for timber frame house plans. It’s important to have options when choosing timber frame home plans so that you can narrow down your options to a perfect build.

Why New Homeowners Choose Logangate Timber Homes

As stated earlier, having experienced home builders is extremely important when building a new home. A National Public Radio (NPR) interview with Karan Kaul, a housing supply specialist at the Urban Institute, suggests that there is strong evidence pointing to a lack of professional builders to be a leading cause of the present American housing shortage. Fewer experienced builders have led to fewer homes being built, coupled with high demand has created a significant shortage of new homes. At Logangate Timber Homes, we have built modern timber frame cabins for over 50 years with no plans of slowing down. When you choose a Logangate home, you’re choosing experience so that your home will be a quality build.

Logangate Floor Plan Styles

The styles we offer are the Chalet, Grand Chalet, Timber Frame Cabin, Grandfather, Appalachian, Nantahala, and Sugar. Each of these homes is built with exceptional quality and is beautiful in its own right. Despite all of them being floor plans for timber homes, they each offer a distinct charm separate from one another.

Features of Each Floor Plan:

  • Chalet: Inspired by Swiss architecture, this style has gained popularity in the U.S. for its charm that is reminiscent of a secluded mountain home getaway.
  • Grand Chalet: A larger version of the Chalet floor plan, it has a similar architectural design but with the addition of extra space with one or two wings on either side.
  • Cabin: The aesthetics of a cabin are perfect for complementing the natural wooden environment. The Douglas firs used to create our cabins are very durable and give your home the strength it needs to withstand the wilderness.
  • The Grandfather: A large 2-story timber home featuring a large garage space, covered porch, and an optional fourth bedroom. This beautiful home is perfect for a family vacation home or for those that want to live with the luxury of a large timber home. 
  • Appalachian: Smaller than The Grandfather but similar in aesthetic quality, the Appalachian floor plan is great for smaller families or couples that desire the charm of a semi-spacious timber home.
  • Nantahala: This floor plan provides a quaint timber home with vertical paneling and a cozy second floor that contains two bedrooms, a bath, and a loft.
  • Sugar: Despite it being the smaller option of our timber homes, Sugar creatively uses its space to provide two bedrooms, two baths, a loft, a storage area, and more.

 

No matter which floor plan you choose, each of our timber homes is designed to look great in the scenic environment of a wooded area or a suburban neighborhood. To learn more about which floor plan will work best for you, contact Logangate Timber Homes today!

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Logangate Timber Homes is custom home builder in Asheville, North Carolina, specializing in building beautiful Modern Post & Beam Homes, Pedestal Timber Homes, Chalet Timber Homes, and Timber Frame Cabins. We have over 50 years of experience building panelized Timber Frame Homes that can be found all over the nation and are particularly popular in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. We are dedicated to designing beautifully crafted affordable Timber Frame Homes.

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