Log vs. Stick Construction

Topic: 
Buying and Building a Home
Question: 

We are planning to build new home next year and have been researching log homes vs. conventional. Any advice on the differences in cost (sq. ft.) and advantages of one over the other. Thanks!

Answer: 

Let me answer the cost question first. If you compare houses of roughly equal quality, style, size etc., you will find that conventional framing will cost less. You should find that some of the milled 'log' products have a lower price than the traditional log construction practices which are very labor intensive.

Some of the higher labor costs are related to the more complex and specialized work required in related trades such as the electrical wiring, windows and even the installation of cabinets. So when you compare prices, be sure that you include all of th