There are many ways to minimize cost when building your log home. One of the most significant savings for us was doing our own staining. Once the log shell was assembled, we immediately began the staining process. I am NOT a great painter (and frankly, do not enjoy painting) but the hours of staining our log home were actually quite enjoyable! The stain we chose was easy to apply, dried quickly and was very forgiving of our inexperience!
We (wisely) decided to stain all the interior panelling, exterior gable and garage siding, soffit and facia prior to installation on the log home. Our log home had been completed to the weather tight stage by end of Autumn, so we did all this staining inside during the winter months utilizing saw horses and self-designed drying racks> We also managed to solicit some help from our two daughters!
Once the log siding/panelling finished drying it was easily stacked on the floor making room for the next batch. When construction on our log home resumed in the Spring, the stained boards were cut, installed and looked great!