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Dave Janczak
Founder of Wisconsin Log Homes, Inc.

Is our DESIGN & BUILD PROCESS right for you?  

From the beginning, Kathy and I wanted to give clients more than just high quality homes.  We wanted to provide superior services that would also complement their lifestyle.  Over the years, we've implemented complete Design & Build Services including Architectural Planning & Design, Turn-Key Construction, Full-Service Interior Design & Décor, and Finish Cabinetry.  I'd like to share with you how the Wisconsin Log Homes process works and what clients can expect during this very personalized experience.    

Beginning Our Relationship

The typical journey begins by researching Wisconsin Log Homes in magazines, our website, brochures, and of course by talking with one of our experienced home consultants.  Clients often visit our headquarters in Green Bay, Wisconsin to learn more about who we are and what we do.  During this visit, you'll meet the team you'll be working with throughout your project. You'll also tour our design center, showroom, manufacturing mill, and nearby log & timber model homes.  To make your trip as simple as possible, we'll credit you $1,000 towards your Wisconsin Log Homes package to compensate for your travel expenses.

Getting to know each of our clients on a personal level is so important to us - whether it be over the phone or in person.  By learning more about you and your family, we're able to get a better understanding of your dream home needs.  Aside from that, we don't just want to build your house; we want to build a lasting relationship with you. 

*Because we want to give you the personalized attention you deserve during your visit and take as much time necessary to discuss your project plans and visions, we encourage you to call us ahead of time and schedule an appointment before you make the trip to our headquarters.  With your scheduled appointment, we can also set up a tour of our private model homes at this time if requested.    

Planning & Preliminary Design

Designing a home that will fit your needs, visions, location, and budget is the most critical step in the process.  During initial design meetings, clients present their home consultant and designer with ideas they've collected over time - rough sketches, photos, magazine tear-outs, etc.  At this time, we'll also discuss your needs, ideas, and budget in detail so we can create a basic layout for your home, within your cost parameters for the entire project. We'll also discuss if an on-site design consultation is appropriate for your needs. During the on-site visit, we'll walk your property together and look for major views and setback issues like wetlands and area restrictions.  We'll also consider nearby homes, topography and grade, and determine where the sun sets and rises.  Taking all these details into consideration, we'll discuss design possibilities that will maximize exposure and aesthetics. 

Throughout the preliminary design stage, our experts offer suggestions and design options, forwarding your plans back and forth until you are completely satisfied with the overall design.  Our On-Line Conference technology allows you to view your floor plan via internet and speak directly with our design team as you watch your desired revisions made from your own computer screen.

During this phase, we'll also discuss finishing options - including windows and door styles, log and timber profiles, interior and exterior colors and textures, structural or decorative bracing, and other natural building materials to create the precise style you are envisioning.  You can also preview your custom home design with our optional three-dimensional rendering technology. 

Final Design Development

During this time, your final floor plans and elevations are combined and adjustments are made for proportion and scale. Every detail is reviewed, ensuring that the structure is accurate for construction.  Upon the completion and approval of your final working drawings, we will begin the production of the custom log and timber components needed for your home.  We'll also establish a tentative ship date.  Delivery begins after the excavation, foundation and entrance road are complete. 

Turn-Key Construction

Each client is assisted with construction in one form or another during the Wisconsin Log Homes experience.  Some may decide to use our in-house construction services, while others want help qualifying or selecting a builder in their area.  Whatever you choose to do, Wisconsin Log Homes stays involved throughout the entire design and construction process to be sure that you are satisfied and that everything goes smoothly. 

Interior Design & Décor

Given the various design possibilities of a custom log or timber home, the selection process can be a bit overwhelming.  To make it easier for you to make selections and stay on top of the building process, Wisconsin Log Homes offers complete in-house interior design & décor services. 

You can feel confident that everything will come together in a way that will enhance your home, save valuable time and money while easing the frustration and uncertainty when selecting exterior finish selections like stain, window cladding, hardware and roof colors.  Our interior designer will also assist you with paint and finish colors, flooring, lighting, furnishings, cabinetry, masonry selection, doors, and personal help on move-in day.

Unparalleled Service

From concept to completion, our design & build teams work in tandem. This coordinated effort helps to keep everything organized, on schedule, and enjoyable.

 

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