First off, I want to apologize for not posting anything for a while. Lately, I have been feeling like a ship with out a rudder. It’s because I can’t make up my mind on what type of housing we want to build on the farm when we start to build a year from now. My wife said she is fine with the what ever we build so its just me who can’t decide. I know a lot of you follow this blog because of the pole barn house that we have planned to build from the start, and we still might build it, but it hasn’t always been my first choice for housing. I have always loved log homes like my great great grandparents built in 1865 in the picture above. I just thought the price of these would be out of the picture for us, but after a lot of research I have found some options that make it more affordable to us. It will still cost at least 30,000 more to build than a pole barn house, mostly because of the basement we would put under the log home.
This log home is from Meadow Valley Log Homes out of Wisconsin and for about 47,000 they will deliver this to our location in Iowa and build just the log walls, second floor log floor joists, and log stairs. It will look a lot like the pictures below when they get done.
Then after Meadow Valley built the shell, we would have to put in the rafters, roof sheeting, and roofing material and then put in the windows and doors. We are planning to start this next September and we would have to get it weather tight before winter hits.
This option is only affordable if we do the rest of the work ourselves. My only concern is will my 60-year-old body be up to the task.
I still don’t know which direction we are going to go yet, but I know time is running out and I will have to make up my mind one way or the other by the end of October this year. I will keep you all informed.