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prepping the homesite

There are a number of factors which can ultimately increase (or decrease) the costs associated with building your new home. Some things to keep in mind...

The Green Log Awards recognize the best green products which help make people comfortable and safe in their homes and at work without damaging the planet.

The first official sign that construction is about to take place on our new log home site: the posting of the Building Permit! But it was a day of highs and lows, thanks to a series of tornadoes that hit in Williamson County the night before.

Of the 5 acres we own, there is only one tiny little spot where the home can actually go. The rest will be hilly trails and a forest of thick trees lining the creeks. So, to ease our mind, and clarify for all involved -- including the bank, the County, and ourselves -- we asked the surveyor to come back out and re-survey it again for us.

If you're building a home on a private piece of property, chances are you'll have to put in a ditch and a culvert. Here's how it went for us... including photos of the culvert, ditch, and driveway.

We are considering using Superior Walls for concrete walls in the basement of our log home. Superior Walls are a pre-cast -- not pre-fab -- concrete foundation and insulated wall system. These basement walls are the BEST if you're wanting an energy-efficient home.

First photos after we cleared the land to build our log home in Williamson County Tennessee.

Follow along on TV... Watch as they build the log cabin right before your eyes each week and incorporate each of the features that people like you & me have suggested for this one-of-a-kind log home. Check here to see if you have the DIY Network in your area.

Our first official step toward building this log home was to clear the land. We decided to hire a professional team to take out most of the trees & brush that we knew would be in the way of the home. They had all the right equipment for heavy duty bush hogging, and they were even set up to deal with all the rock they encountered on the property.