Foothills of the Appalachian Chain
Alabama is home to the southern most foothill, or "wrinkle" of the Appalachian Mountain
chain, Double Oak Mountain. Therefore, for all intents and purposes, Double Oak
Mountain. could be referred to as the anchor of the Appalachian Chain.
Regardless, the proximity of Birmingham to the "wrinkles" of the Appalachian Mountains
affords residents looking for a mountain retreat or log home, a natural woodland
environment in which to build.
Building a Log Home
Building a log home in Birmingham, Alabama is similar to building a log home off in the
mountains or even building a "traditional" home in Birmingham. For instance, you will
need to secure financing, locate a lot, find a builder, then wait for the home to be
Recently, I have been receiving information requests involving the purchase of log
homes in Birmingham and beyond, so I thought I would give a short detail of the steps
involved to help people get started.
Log Home Financing
Like other pre-construction loans, you will need to contact your mortgage professional
regarding financing your log home. This loan should be similarly structured to any other
new construction loan, but your mortgage lender will be able to assist you.
Our best advice is the same as any home shopping scenario. Get Pre-Approved prior to
shopping. This will greatly assist in your negotiating when working out the details on your
log home's build cost.
Finding Land in Birmingham:
Locating the right piece of property for sale on which to build a log home can be tricky.
Especially if you are attempting to buy land in Birmingham, Alabama or in one of the
surrounding areas. Your best bet would be to contact a local Realtor ® that understands
your real estate needs and can assist you in locating property.
Many neighborhoods in Birmingham have strict restrictions on the types of homes
allowed to be built in that particular neighborhood, so be prepared to look for land
outside of established neighborhoods. Parcels of land in varying sizes are for sale
throughout the Birmingham area, yet a thorough search of the Birmingham MLS may be
needed to ensure success.
If starting a search without the help of a real estate agent, I would recommend beginning
with lots or parcels of land greater than 1 acre in size. This should eliminate most
neighborhoods in the Birmingham area and eliminate the need to sift through unavailable
Log Home Builders:
Once you locate the right lot, find a builder that is familiar with the construction of log
homes. Although some log home manufacturers, such as Southerland Log Homes, offer
pre-numbered "kits" that can be built by the purchaser, I would recommend hiring a
professional licensed contractor to get the job done. (Unless, of course, if you are going
for the extreme log home experience, then all you need is a few twigs, some strings, and
mud so there isn't much need for a contractor). A professional builder will overlook the
project to ensure everything is built to code.
When you have located a builder or two that has experience building log homes, even if
it is from a kit, interview them. Get to know them. Get references. This process should be
no different than if you are building a spec house or a custom home.
If hiring a person to overlook and build your log home, ensure that they are qualified by
checking their references, past jobs, and current builds. If the quality is acceptable on
their other jobs, odds are in your favor that they will put forth the effort to ensure your
home is built at the same level of quality.
Building a Log Home
Once you have secured your financing, land, and builder, building the log home should
seem like a breeze. But, prepare for the unexpected. Like many residential builds, the
building of your log home can experience delays that can interfere with the original
schedule. Inspections will need to be completed by the city, or county, along with any
that your mortgage lender requests. Rain can slow things down as well.
Be patient though, these types of occurrences are why we recommended the
experienced log home builder. For when delays happen, an experienced home builder
will be able to navigate through the delays and obstacles by coordinating his
subcontractors to maximize their efforts while sticking to the timeline.
Live the Log Home Dream
Ok, it may not be everyone's dream to live in a log home in Birmingham, Alabama, but
why not? Basically, building a log home in Birmingham is really no different than building
a custom home in a distinguished neighborhood. The basic outline of building a home is
the same, except that in the end, you have a log home instead of brick or hardy plank
About the only difficulty I have discovered is finding the right piece of land for sale in
Birmingham that could "hold" a log home and not look silly.
That being said, if you have ever thought about building a log home, go shop the
Birmingham MLS for land to see if you can locate a good lot or simply contact us here.
One of our Birmingham real estate agents will be glad to assist you!
Working as a free lance writer and photojournalist, I developed a passion for real estate
while covering new construction market trends in the southeast. Currently, mostly what I
write is concerning Birmingham Alabama real estate.
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