My mother always dreamed of living in a log cabin, however we never had the means to move. Growing up, we lived in a modular home in a small town. Today, she would have been able to make her dreams come true! Now, they make modular log cabin homes that she would have been able to replace our modular with and she would have been able to fulfill her dreams without moving anywhere!
If you are finding yourself in a similar situation to my mother or want to start from scratch on a new piece of land with a completely customizable log cabin home that won’t send costs through the roof, you may want to invest in a modular log cabin!
If this process interests you, lets look at what the steps are that you can take to get your very own modular log cabin:
Step 1: You will sit down with a designer at a modular log home company and design your floor plan. You will have all the control when customizing your home! Or, you can choose one of the pre-made floor plans which will generally cost you less and just customize the features.
Step 2: If you designed your own floor plan it will need to be sent off to a professional engineer to mark all of your measurements and technical details
Step 3: Put down a deposit. Once you have designed your log cabin all the way through, most companies will require that you put down a deposit before they start building your home.
Step 4: You will need to prep your new homes foundation if you do not already have a modular home. If you don’t have a modular home currently you will need to have a contractor come and build your foundation to your new home’s measurements. If you already have a modular home an created your log cabin to fit the dimensions you already have, you will need to have a demolition company come to tear down your current modular or have a company come and move it so that you are ready to receive your new modular.
Step 5: Once your log cabin gets delivered, you are all set to move in!
What does it cost?
Modular log cabins come in a wide variety of styles, options, and sizes. You can get a single story modular, a two-story modular, a single wide modular, a double wide modular, 1 bedroom to 4 bedrooms, etc.
Here are some of the prices you can expect for each size of modular:
- Single wide (1-2 bedrooms): Average $50,000.00
- Double wide (2-3 bedrooms): Average $70,000.00- $90,000.00
- Two Story (3-4 bedrooms): Average $90,000.00-$200,000.00
- Premium Designs (3-4 bedrooms): Average $200,000.00-$300,000.00
A lot of companies also offer additions to their homes like lofts, decks, garages, etc.
- 1-car garage: between $20,000.00 and $30,000.00
- 2-car garage: between $25,000.00 and $35,000.00
- 3-car garage: between $30,000.00 and $45,000.00
Some companies will include the shipping cost in the purchase price of the house, while others do not. Shipping a modular home is very expensive and will cost you anywhere from $2,000.00 to $5,000.00. If you need to have your home delivered over 100 miles away from the facility where it is being built, it is normally $15.00 per extra mile up to a maximum of $15,000.00.
Usually the shipping cost is not eligible to be financed in your home price, so make sure if the company you are using doesn’t include this cost in your home price that you have this money on hand to pay them to ship your home. If you are planning to have the modular home built and shipped overseas, you can expect to pay at least $20,000.00 or more to ship your home.
Depending on the size of the home you purchased and the type of land you are planning on building on, the price of your foundation will vary greatly. For example, if you decide to build on a nice flat and clear piece of land and want to go with a full basement for your foundation, you can expect to spend around $20,000.00. If you opt to build a foundation with no basement your costs will be less and average around $5,000.00-$10,000.00.
If you already have a modular home build on a foundation and plan to remove or demolish it to place your new home on, a demolition will usually cost you between $3,000 and $5,000.00. There may be some work associated with prepping the foundation for the new house or some extra costs associated with keeping the foundation intact and the hookups intact to accommodate your new home.
You will most likely need to obtain a building permit in order to get your modular home placed. Building permits like this could cost you anywhere from $1,000.00-$2,000.00 depending on where you live. You may also need to purchase Mechanical Permits, Pay for the plan review if you designed your own plan, and possibly apply for a new certificate of occupancy.
Normally modular home companies don’t install your hookups for you when they deliver the home. You will need to call in a plumber and an electrician to get everything hooked up in your new home if you are placing the house on your old foundation. If you had a new foundation built and need to hook up to your towns water and electric, it can cost you around $3,000.00.
Taxes: Keep in mind that you will be paying taxes for a modular home.
Flag Cars: If you are paying for your shipping you will most likely be responsible for paying for the flag cars that travel in front of the oversized load vehicle towing your home.
Land Prep: if you bought a piece of land that isn’t flat and/or has a bunch of brush and trees on it, you will need to have everything excavated to accommodate your new home. This price will vary greatly on the amount of work you need to do. Tree removals can cost you around $1,000.00-$3,000.00 per tree depending on the size.
Customizations: If you choose to design your own floor plan or customize a current floor plan to your own specifications you can expect to pay more. Modular homes allow you to choose what kind of floors, appliances, insulation, windows, doors, cabinetry, countertops, shutters, shingles, etc. you want. If you choose to go above the standard set of colors and options like choosing hardwood flooring, marble countertops, higher grade insulation and options similar to those you can expect an increase on the base price.
Since modular homes are built in a factory and delivered to you, they often do not quality for normal house insurance. Instead you will have to look for a company that offers insurance for modular homes. Insurance can cost you anywhere from $250.00-$1250.00 a year depending on where you live, the cost to replace your home, the limits and coverages you select, and your deductible.
Here are some great companies that offer modular log homes:
Zook Cabins: Zook Cabins is a great choice for you modular log cabin home because they offer complete customization, just a few weeks delivery, their homes are state approved and inspected, and they are built by some of the best Amish contractors in business.
Zook offers 3 different loft style cabins, 4 different ranch style cabins, and 3 different single wide cabins. With these preset floor plans and different sizes for each cabin, you will get a great fit for your family size and be able to customize everything in it!
If you aren’t happy with any of the pre-made floor plans, Zook offers the ability to sit down with a designer and make your own floor plan. They will arrange to have your plan sent out to their professional engineer’s for approval and details and begin building your dream home.
My Cozy Cabins LLC
My Cozy Cabins is another great company to purchase your dream modular log cabin from. They also offer a variety of pre-set designs along with the ability to custom create your own layout.
My Cozy Cabins builds their beautiful pine log cabins to suit your every need and has customizable options available like custom kitchens, custom bathrooms, jacuzzi tubs, laundry closets and much more!
You will be offered 7 different types of homes when choosing My Cozy Cabins
- Mountaineer Deluxe
There are about 21 different layouts you can choose on each type of home available. This gives you an amazing amount of options for your dream home and it is more likely you will be able to find a pre-made design that you like so you don’t have to go through the long process of designing your own layout.
Blue Ridge Log Cabins
Blue ridge builds a wide range of different log cabin styles. They offer thirteen different styles of homes that each come in a variety of sizes and different layouts. They build everything from traditional rustic cabins to modern and luxurious vacation homes. They have a very interactive website with video walk throughs of all of their models.
Blue ridge sells only the top quality pre-built log cabin homes that will come to you with everything finished and included. The cabin will come to you wired, ready for plumbing attachment, with appliances installed, and they even include the lightbulbs. Every plan they have is completely customizable so you get the home you want in option available. If you can’t make the trip all the way to Campobello, South Carolina to explore their options in person, you will love the 3D touring videos of each cabin.
Blue Ridge has a lot of fame for their log cabins, as they were featured in many TV shows like: “Best Ever Log Homes”, “Amazing Log Homes”, and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”.
Blue Ridge is also famously known for being the ONLY solid log modular home builder. They hand stack each log and eliminate the possibility of having weather damage. Because of this and being so close to a home that is built on site, financing is much easier to obtain with Blue Ridge. They consider them to have the same quality and value which can qualify you for a regular mortgage in some cases.
The actual log cabin modular itself is around the same price as a regular home, but you need to consider all of the other costs that go with it before making your decision to purchase one. You will need land, utility hookups, shipping money, to find insurance, and more before you decide on a house.
Buying a log cabin modular home is a great way to live your dreams in a log cabin anywhere you want!