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Turn-Key Pricing

Since 1976, Wisconsin Log Homes has worked closely with thousands of homeowners throughout the world to incorporate their unique ideas into their very own dream home. Our experienced design team will bring your visions to life, while offering ideas to reduce or increase your home’s complexity and cost without sacrificing its original concept. From day one, before drawings are even started, you will receive honest and upfront ballpark estimates on what your home is likely to come in at according to our experience with finished homes similar to your plan's design complexity and level of finishes. Designing your home within your budget parameters is not only important to you… but it’s important to our team and we make it our responsibility.

It is crucial that you are prepared and educated on the many factors that can influence your plan’s turn-key cost before you begin designing your home. This guide will help you understand how every aspect of your home – from your site to the level of finishes – will affect its turn-key cost.

1. What does Turn-Key Price mean?
The term turn-key originated from the idea of a homeowner “turning the key” to the front door and moving in to their completed home. This is the total cost of your entire home completely finished and ready for move-in.

2. What’s included in a turn-key price?
Since turn-key price refers to “turning the key” and moving in to your completed home, your turn-key price considers all materials and labor required to complete the design and construction of your new home. Everything from the excavation to the lighting fixtures is included in this price.

*Important Note: Turn-key price will vary for different locations and should be based on construction costs gathered from completed finished projects of similar size and complexity in your building location. Building sites and site conditions can radically alter the turn-key price, which is why turn-key prices do not include land cost or necessary building site improvements, such as tree removal, blasting, roads, septic, well, utility lines, etc.

3. Why are turn-key estimates important?
Wisconsin Log Homes provides turn-key ballpark estimates at the very beginning of the design process to ensure that the home of your dreams is within the turn-key price you are willing to invest. If an original turn-key ballpark estimate based on your visions does not fall within your budget parameters, your home consultant and designer will carefully review your plan with you and suggest alternative modifications to the design factors affecting your home’s turn-key cost. It is our responsibility to guide you in a direction that is right for you and your budget.

4. What major factors affect overall turn-key price?
The turn-key price of your home is affected with every decision you make throughout the home design process. The five major factors that affect your turn-key price are:

1) Home Size
2) Architectural Complexity
3) Building Materials
4) Level of Interior Finishes
5) Building Site Location & Conditions

Your Wisconsin Log Homes consultant and designer will work with you through each step of the design process to ensure that you get the home of your dreams at the price you are willing to pay.

1. Home Size
It’s obvious that the amount of square footage will affect the overall cost of your home. The size of your log or timber home will affect most factors that go into the design and construction process. Carefully assess your family’s needs – including the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you'll need, the space your kitchen and great room will require, the number of levels you want, and so forth. The size and slope of your building site will also determine your home’s final size and layout.

*Note: The custom floor plans featured on our website are just meant to give you ideas. When you modify an existing plan or design a home from scratch, you’ll be guided professionally through the design process by your Wisconsin Log Homes team to ensure that your specific needs are achieved.

2. Architectural Complexity
Architectural complexity is more difficult to measure since it’s not as straightforward as the other factors. The simplest way to understand a design’s complexity is to examine the following elements of your plan:

1) Amount of Exterior Corners
2) Number of Roof Lines & Angles
3) Number, Size, and Type of Windows & Doors
4) Design & Architectural Options

Your plan’s level of complexity has a direct affect on your construction labor costs - as your plan’s complexity increases, so does the time to build your home, consequently raising the cost of construction. Your Wisconsin Log Homes consultant and designer can meet with you at your building site during the preliminary design process to discuss how your plan’s size will be influenced by your site.

Learn more about how your home’s design can affect your overall cost by reading:

How Does the Shape of My Home Affect its Cost?

1) Amount of Exterior Corners
While some prefer a more basic home, others envision dramatic angles and corners in their design. Along with more corners come more roof lines, angles, labor and materials; meaning that your home’s turn-key cost will be affected by the number of corners your plan has.

2) Number of Roof Lines & Angles
Although multiple roof lines and pitches add character and dimension to your design, they also add complexity and increase your home’s cost. Roof lines typically resemble your home’s size and complexity. Since each roof line/pitch is determined by the number of corners your plan has, sometimes additional corners are added or removed to create the perfect look.
• Custom Roof Line Options
- Dormers
- Turrets
- Eaves
- Fascia & Soffit Lines

3) The Number, Size, and Type of Windows & Doors
The number, size, and type of windows and doors can also directly affect your home’s cost. While some plans will call for standard sized windows and doors, the home’s cost can still be dependent on the manufacturer, type, and finishes you prefer. Many window manufacturers offer various wood species, hardware, glass, and grill options which can really turn any standard window into a unique custom unit. If your plan calls for custom windows or doors, the manufacturer will need to specially make your units from custom cut pieces of glass and wood. Your Wisconsin Log Homes’ interior designer and home consultant will work with you to ensure that the windows and doors meet your design preferences and budget.

4) Design & Architectural Options
The smallest design elements can sometimes add just the right amount of flare and character to your design. Below is a sample of the architectural influences and elements that you can choose from:


Western Mountain

Architectural Characteristics

  • Sprawling Multi-Level Roof Lines
  • Heavy Log Accents & Beam Work
  • Expansive Large Windows
  • Oversized Dormers & Fascia Details
  • Large Outdoor Living Spaces


Pacific Northwest

Architectural Characteristics

  • Eco-Conscious Design Attributes
  • Modern Use of Log & Timber Elements
  • Large Amounts of Windows
  • Complimentary Indoor/Outdoor Spaces
  • Massive Stone Fireplaces



Architectural Characteristics

  • Lower Multi-Level Roof Lines
  • Irregular Design Elements
  • Extended Overhangs
  • Natural Rustic Finishes
  • Oversized Covered & Screened Porches
  • Prominent Stone Foundations



Architectural Characteristics

  • Asymmetrical Roof Lines
  • Heavy use of Fascias & Trim
  • Mixture of Stucco, Stone, and Wood
  • Upper Level Balconies
  • Decorative Shutters



Architectural Characteristics

  • Modest Roof Lines
  • Traditional Log Accents
  • Hewned Logs with Chinking
  • Full-Length Covered Porches
  • Stone Foundation



Architectural Characteristics

  • Lower Pitched Roofs with Multiple Angles & Knee Braces
  • Wood Shake on Gables & Doors
  • Expansive Large Windows
  • Covered Entry with Wood Column Pairs on Tapered Stone Bases
  • Interconnected Beam Work & Decorative Pergolas
  • Deep Gable Overhangs with Timber Trusses
  • Large Gable & Shed Porches


French Country

Architectural Characteristics

  • High Pitched Roofs with Asymmetrical Roof Lines
  • Prominently Taller Windows
  • Barrel Shaped Windows & Dormers
  • Central Courtyard Entries
  • Compact Overhangs & Fascia Lines
  • Mix of Flat Stone & Brick with Natural Accents

Mixing unique architectural elements into your design can add a great amount of personalized character to your home. Inherently, extra design options like these will also increase its turn-key price. Your Wisconsin Log Homes consultant and designer will work with you to incorporate ideas like these into your budget.

3. Building Materials
The building materials you choose to use in your home can be some of the most obvious costs impacting your turn-key number. For example: the greater the complexity of your log or timber home, the greater the material, time, and cost it will take to construct your plan. Like everything, material costs are dependent exclusively on the type and quality you choose to use. Factors like the species of wood, the composition of the stone (cultured or real), and the roofing material (asphalt, shake, metal, or tile) you choose will alter your turn-key cost. Another factor to consider when figuring your turn-key cost is your HVAC system. Many people are using forced air systems, while others are choosing to use newer radiant heat or geo-thermal systems. In most cases, the type of HVAC system won’t affect the look of your home, but it will affect the turn-key cost.

*Note: Forced air systems require ducts and vents, while radiant heat is hidden within your floor systems. But again, there are numerous options and systems available to you, such as sound and/or security systems, that can also raise the cost to build your home design per plan that are not shown on the final construction drawings.

4. Level of Interior Finishes
One of the largest variables in estimating your home’s turn-key cost will be its level of finishes. The finishes you choose to use will have a dramatic impact on the overall turn-key cost of your home because the costs of these materials can vary largely depending on the type, style, and quality you prefer. For example, granite countertops, tile showers, whirlpool/jacuzzi tubs and reclaimed hand-sculpted wide plank flooring are more expensive than Formica countertops, fiberglass showers/tubs, and carpet. Learn more about home finishes by reading:

How Do Finishing Options Affect My Home’s Cost?

• Personalized Interior Design & Décor Services Available

Selecting the finishing touches for your hybrid log or timber home is very exciting! As our client, once your preliminary design drawings are complete, you will have the option to have Wisconsin Log Homes’ resident interior designer provide you with a complementary conceptual furniture layout. Once your final construction blueprints are started, an important aspect of your design will be working with your Wisconsin Log Homes’ interior designer on your choices of home finishes. From concept to completion, your Wisconsin Log Homes team will be at your side, making sure that your project is organized and your needs are met. Many clients find our interior design services so helpful that all their furniture is ordered and delivery dates are set well before the project is even finished.

• Product & Color Selection Services Include:

  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Stains
  • Cabinetry
  • Flooring
  • Furniture
  • Mantels
  • Lighting
  • Taxidermy
  • Accessories
  • Delivery & Styling Options also available

5. Build Site Location & Conditions
When determining how your building site will affect your home’s overall turn-key cost, consider the following factors: 1) the accessibility, 2) the site’s slope and grade, 3) local snow loads and/or building codes, and 4) the geographical location. For example: It costs more to build a home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming than it does to build that same home in a more rural area, like Casper, Wyoming.


Please contact us with any questions regarding
your home’s turn-key price.

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