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wise customer wrote us this letter... Nov 2015
I have a couple questions. I have been talking with the county i.e. Snow load, wind shear, seismic ratings, R-value etc. My question is when you and I talked, you said if I chose one of your packages that was already engineered, it would keep the cost down. Are your packages engineered for Utah and what about foundations? Obviously you're in the business of log cabins and not cement, but do you have a contact person that can help me get plans for an engineered foundation, do you have an idea of expense to draw and engineer this? Boy I am confused as to where to start to get this project out of my head and going.
Hi, we do do Log Homes here, but with that being said...Wilderness Building Systems since 1976 is committed to helping the customers have the cabin/home dream come true. We are aware with all the scary unknowns, mostly over budgeted costs, unseen expenses, headaches, changes, code updates, building inspectors, and all the unpleasant surprises/trials that come with this life's experience/adventurer ...and won’t pull the punches just to make a quick sale.
So with this partnership/friendship we want your new wilderness building adventure hopefully to bring years of Joy and Happiness for you, your and future long after.... So we use our long and extensive experience in helping our customers with building, we assistance you sharing trade secrets, making sure you know/have all options and understand of the many unknowns that do/may arise before you hit the point of no return that can/has pasted the budget then is depleting. We advising in many different areas that have nothing to do with making a quick sale, or anything we are selling over and above that Package cost.
We want to be friends after this is long done and all bills have been paid. You may/will of changed directions a few times, seeking a greater value, to make sure a long lasting peace of mind ensues, you’re about to learn a lot taking on this project, pick a team you know can best further your best interests. Let’s remember years from now the taxes, maintenance, security, energy efficiency, curb appeal, resale value is designed into your dream ... that's part of the/our package weather you realize it now or never.
So here is some of we do after we sell you a “kit"
Design and Draw your Floor plan: 35 years experience and all we learned...
Cost savings: years of building, buying and examining budget vs. value
Blueprints: any one can draw, (drafting 101) then copy, simulate plans but for the onsite wisdom... there is no substitute for experience.
Engineering: again 35 years of structural experience, then we Certified by Registered, License Utah Structural Engineering stamps and service,
Includes: Footings, concrete walls, re bar, and spacing of J-Bolts
: Seismic engineering for your earth quake zone
: Snow loads, Frost lines
:Wind Shear on your Mountain or area
Material Costs: we are the ones that have stamped house logs that can be used to get a building permit...
Labor Costs: we are the ones that have a user friendly “world’s strongest interlocking log wall system "TM
Weather Conditions at you Site:
Concrete Pumping expense:
Septic Tank-Drain field:
Driveway, roads and accessibly for trucks, crane, builders, and material:
Parking, camping, activities for family events: there's more, you get the point, shopping/buying a "kit" is the easy part, but without proper planning could be very costly ... Thing upon it and you decide.
Here is what I need to assistance you.
1) A budget so I know where not to let you go or over building, a "kit" may cost 40,000 but 240, 000 may be needed to get it in place and turnkey.
2) A plan, bedrooms, stories, basement, loft, Kitchen, heating, decks or porch roofs?
3) Your lot, hillside, flat, where is it, jeep trail? Weather? , utilities, ECT
4) Build-it-yourself? Hire “both"
...this will do to start, pick a plan, pay a deposit; we draw plans, do engineering, make a package, the balance due when delivered or on the semi truck here FOB SLC, Utah
Does that help?
PS don't wait till spring to start the process... You’ll miss a year start the process in January!