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Founder of Wisconsin Log Homes, Inc.

Is a discount really a discount?  

While you're researching custom log and timber home companies, you may see a few of them advertising discounts on their homes.  This is something you'll never see at Wisconsin Log Homes for the following reasons:

  1. Our home prices have always been "discounted."  Our home buyers have found when you compare the wide range of design features and the quality of our homes and services; no one delivers more value for the money than Wisconsin Log Homes. 
  2. Some companies who offer and promote discounts raise the price of their homes and then "discount" the price back to the pre-existing level so customers feel they are getting a better deal - this is not a sales strategy we choose to engage in.

Despite what discounts or low prices are promised to you, it's important to compare companies in design, size, features, quality and services before deciding which company will design and build your dream home.  There's much more to each company than just price.

Wisconsin Log Homes has never advertised itself as the lowest priced log and timber home company - yet we strongly believe we offer the lowest cost.  What is the difference between price and cost?  Price is a one-time, upfront number that you pay for your completed home.  Cost is the total of the monthly mortgage payments, the utility bills, and the cost of maintenance.  Someone may beat us on price, but nobody in the industry beats us on cost.

We have been using "green" building techniques for 32 years - long before the current trend emerged.  We've designed our roof system in such a way to add more insulation (which was impossible using standard framing practices), and our Thermal-Log Building System eliminates solid log-wall air infiltration. We use Low-E2 Argon windows and patio doors to significantly reduce heating and air conditioning costs.  Our homes also feature insulated exterior doors with adjustable thresholds for air-tight fit, sill sealers, Tyvek house wrap, and the list goes on and on.  Mr. Gates, a Wisconsin Log Homeowner in New York, recently told us how his Thermal-Log home's heating bills have been significantly lower than the surrounding conventional homes for over the last 20 years, which is equivalent to a $24,000 - $34,000 savings.

Since building our first log home in 1976, we've had the wisdom to select products based on price and durability.  The building products we purchase may cost a little more upfront, but they are guaranteed to last for many more years than less expensive products.  One smaller-scale example of this is caulk. There is quite a bit of caulking used in a wood home. If you go to a hardware store, the price of caulk ranges from about .80 cents per tube to almost $9 per tube.  The .80 cent tube of caulk may last a year, and then someone may have to re-caulk the entire house. However, the more expensive caulk may last 10 or 20 years.  Which caulk do you want used on your home?  Even though it increases the price slightly upfront, it will save on cost and labor in the long run.  This is the same philosophy we use when purchasing windows, doors, floor systems, sheathing, shingles, etc. 

The truth is, when building your dream home, it is much more economical to invest in quality upfront because the interest on the mortgage is tax deductible; utility bills and maintenance are not.  Remember, the lowest price doesn't always mean the lowest cost.