In part 1 we discussed the cost saving measure of doing your own staining instead of contracting it out. Another method that will provide significant cost savings is the use of log siding instead of full log in areas/structures that adjoin the main house.
During the design phase of creating our log home we decided to add a large garage/workshop that would be joined to the house by an enclosed breezeway. The breezeway would be used as our mud room and laundry area. By increasing the square footage of our project by such a considerable amount we weren’t totally surprised to discover that it also drove our cost up beyond our budget!
Our prime reason for wanting to live in a log home was to enjoy both the ambiance and relaxing atmosphere that full logs create, but also to benefit from the natural ability of logs to retain a desired temperature and moisture level in the home. HOWEVER, these features were not as important in the garage and breezeway!
We made the decision to have the breezeway and garage framed and then finished with log siding. We stained it in exactly the same way we stained the logs used in the main home structure. We insulated both these additions and finished the interior with drywall. The pictures below will illustrate how well the siding matches the D-Log used for the main house.
In the end, our cost savings by using log siding for our garage and breezeway were considerable and now the addition of these two structures fit perfectly into our budget!