When trying to determine the cost of a log home or timber frame, there are numerous questions that need to be answered.
Is this quote for a luxury home, cottage or hunt cabin?
Are the windows going to be vinyl, or triple pane aluminum clad?
What are your line heating and insulation quality expectations?
Will the kitchen and/or bathroom cabinets be custom built or from a box store?
What is your budget?
The main driver in your decision regarding your project is your budget. In order to build the best quality house or frame possible. These kinds of details need to be worked out before a person can get a good grasp of the cost of a log or timber home.
A good metaphor is buying a car. A modestly priced new car may cost $20,000 while an expensive car might cost more than $200,000. That is quite a difference. Obviously, the devil is in the details.
The bottom line is you are really the one in control of the final cost of the home. It is your choice in the quality of the materials and the quality of the craftsmanship that will determine the final price of the home.
That being said, if we want to have an average ball park range to determine costs, a log or timber home can be built for $300 (Canadian dollars) per square foot of living space.
Speaking in very broad terms, Timber frames usually start in the low $40 per square foot range.
Number of connections
Type of joinery
Species of wood
Volume of wood