"I'm a fairly picky customer and also a bargain hunter- after spending several years of trying to find a great small home for a great price I was just about ready to give up and build my own structure. I looked at everything from park model mobile homes, to kit homes, hemp-crete, road side sheds house conversions and everything in-between- If there was a construction method out their I probably studied it. Everything I looked at had some element that made it a deal killer- either it was too expensive or took forever to have built or was unavailable in my area or was a low price but also really low quality- there was always something problematic that kept me from buying.
Then, driving through Ponderay, Idaho I saw a demo log cabin on display. As soon as I went in I knew this was it- I always loved log cabins but after speaking with builders was always dismayed by what seemed to me too complicated a process for the novice home buyer. The demo cabin I looked at was beautiful and a turnkey pre-fab- ready to load up and deliver- I was really blown away by the quality- the fit, finish and materials were outstanding- it was obvious to me that this structure was built by someone that knows what their doing and takes pride in it. So I checked out the Specialty log cabins website. The site was direct and easy to navigate. Another thing about their website that really impressed was that they actually had the prices on the website! This was always my biggest gripe with any builder- how to get a quick direct answer about how much it costs.
Long story short, I had a great phone call with Nelson, the owner. He invited me out to his facility and really made me feel welcome- Nelson showed me the whole building process and gave me strait, simple answers to all my questions (and with my engineering background I had a lot of questions). I ended up leaving that day purchasing a pre-made 10x20 log cabin at what I think was a phenominal price. Nelson and his crew came out shortly thereafter to deliver my cabin- it went great and was done the same day. this was a tricky delivery in tough winter weather, but Nelson's can do attitude got the job done.
it's now been one year since I had this cabin- I set it up as a full time off grid living structure and it works absolutely perfect! I can't stress enough how much I like this cabin. Thick wood walls, I have come to realize, are the perfect combination of thermal mass, insulation and breathability. Our little cabin house is inexpensive to heat in the winter, stays comfortably cool in the summer without AC and most importantly -it breathes! I've had absolutely no problems with mold or condensation such as I've had with too many other structures I've lived in.
If you've got your heart set on a real log-cabin then you definitely need to check out Specialty log cabins as part of your house hunting. And if you don't have a log cabin on your radar, or just never really gave a log cabin any special thought then I highly recommend you do- I think you'll be pleasantly surprised."