Log homes have come a long way from the days of Little House on the Prairie and Grizzly Adams. Modest one- and two-room cabins have given way to multilevel showstoppers that are equal parts art and architecture. Still, the yearning to invest sweat equity remains strong for some log home owners. There is romanticism to knowing you built your home with your own two hands.

This article in Log Cabin Homes Magazine instructs you how to consider your previous building experience, your home’s design, your time, and your source of funding.