Log Home Building
Planning Your Log Home: The Adventure Begins
Every True North log home begins with a dream -- for a lifestyle
that reflects your values and personality -- in surroundings that
thrill of building a log home begins with the design. Creating
your own unique living space is what turns an ordinary house into
an extraordinary lifestyle experience. At True North, our goal
is to help you achieve this.
We offer you the choice of many popular True North designs, which
can be built exactly as shown throughout True
North's award-winning plan book, or with your own modifications. We have the expertise
to help you make decisions that will realize your log home dream
without compromising on quality. Your True North representative
has the experience and training to guide you through the entire
design, planning and building process to make sure that your home
becomes the "masterpiece" you
A Step-By-Step Process
1. Design Drawings
When your drawing deposit is received, your True North representative
documents the specific requirements and options of your home
on a Project Information Sheet. This is then used to create small-scale
(1/8") drawings of your home, which detail floor plans, foundation
perimeter, elevations, roof detail, window and door placements.
These drawings are modified as necessary to reflect your ideas
and dreams. The objective is to create a meeting of the minds
on paper. Once this is achieved,True North will have the information
required to cost your project.
2. Contract Presentation
Upon the signing and acceptance of design drawings, a contract
price is established and presented, followed by contract signing
3. Working Drawings
Sometimes referred to as blueprints, these drawings are based on
the finalized design drawings and are used to obtain your building
permit and to guide your builder in the construction of your
home. At this stage,True North provides you with a Critical Timetable
(C.T.T.) that outlines the payment, cutting and delivery schedules.
4. Cut Drawings & Cutting Process
These are the drawings that are used by the True North factory
to plan and cut your log home, and by your contractor to assemble
the logs during construction. Upon acceptance and sign-off of
the cut drawings, your cut payment is required. Your drawings
are then forwarded to the factory to begin the cutting of your
home. Simultaneously, the roof trusses, windows and other components
of your home are ordered. Cut drawings show the courses of logs,
their lengths and the window/door openings. The information on
these drawings directly corresponds to the actual logs, which
are labeled so they can be easily located and properly assembled
during your building process.
5. Packing, Delivery & Final Payment
Your home and every component required for the build is packed
in a systematic order, so that when your home is delivered, it
arrives on-site with each lift containing the exact contents
the builder requires in the proper order of the build. This saves
time and money on-site by eliminating the task of sorting materials.
During packing, a digital inventory control system is used to
assure that every item is accounted for and that quality is not
compromised. You will be asked for final payment before delivery
is made to your site.
6. Follow Up
True North oversees the delivery, and in many instances, the construction
of your new home. Over the course of the build, we will contact
you on a regular basis to ensure the process is going smoothly
and to help with any issues or difficulties that may arise.
7. Building Your Log Home
For information on building your log home, please see our Build