Why Choose Us?

Which Construction is Right for You?

At the beginning of the decision process you will have to make a critical decision on which construction style is right for you. Each style has its own benefits, but each have their negatives that you need to be aware of. Our goal is to provide you with all the possible information to enable you to make the right choice for your Amish cabin retreat.

The two main factors you will need to consider are Time and Log Cabin Cost. Depending on the construction you choose the time from beginning to end of the project will vary drastically.

Stick Built Log Cabin

Stick Built Log Home
Log Home Kit

Log Home Kit
Pre-Assembled Log Cabin

Pre-Assembled log cabin

Beware of the Log Home Kit

Why put yourself through the headaches, remember this is supposed to be your "outdoorsman's paradise" not the single greatest source of frustration in your life.

Let's face it, you're far too busy to take a couple of weeks to assemble a cabin kit, and why would you want to? Our fully assembled cabins are very competitively priced with the kit packages you can purchase, and often times priced even better. Many times you don't have the necessary 3-4 sets of hands necessary to assemble portions of the kit. If your building site isn't precisely level, the precut lumber doesn't fit, or if you place one piece wrong you fight everything the rest of the way. Sometimes a piece will be cut wrong at the factory, a mistake that wasn't even yours. Couple that with the fact that very few people have ever assembled a kit, and have yet to face the frustrations of doing it themselves or finding someone to do it for them and one would continue to wonder "why would I put myself through this!" I'm sure you have assembled things with missing pieces, and had things that just would not go together. The box always reads easy assembly, but really, is there anything more frustrating?

Building a Log Home from Scratch is so Expensive

At those rates your extra time would be spent working to pay for the cabin that you should be relaxing in.

Maybe you've thought about stick building a log home to give you that relaxing home away from home. Did you know the average cost in America to build a log cabin ranges from a conservative estimate of $100 per square foot to an unbelievable $240 per square foot? The cost per square foot for our fully assembled units averages out at about $65 per square foot. Take a minute and do a "Google" search for "cost of a log home" and see for yourself the cost to build a log home.

IMPORTANT: Here are some things you need to know before making your decision.

Building a Log Cabin From Scratch:

  • Is very expensive, but does allow for the most customization of your cabin. You have the freedom to design the cabin exactly how you want, both on the interior and exterior.
  • It can take up to 6 months and sometimes even longer to build your cabin.
  • You need to have a road in that grants access for all of your supplies, and crews.
  • You can often expect delays that will push back your timeline, and cause your budget to run over. Delays can occur due to weather, waiting for materials, or even simple complications in the building process.
  • Any time you have large work-crews coming to a site, the property gets torn up and left a mess. The larger the project, the bigger the mess. You will need to find a way to get rid of all of you scrap and trash. Also note that contractors are often permitted to bury a certain amount of the scrap from a worksite on your property. Ask about that up front so you know what you can expect.
  • The more remote your site, the more difficult the trash removal is.
  • You can save yourself some money by operating as your own general contractor, but there is a lot of work and headaches in that. Make sure that you know what you are getting into before taking on that responsibility.
  • Building from scratch is a very involved process, but is definitely the best method if time and money are not a factor. It will allow you to be creative and customize every last detail of your log cabin.

Warning About Cabin Kits

  • The cabin building kit itself makes up only a fraction of the total cost to build a log cabin. Most kits are only exterior walls and do not include a foundation, floor system, electric, insulation, plumbing, or any finish on the interior. Those supplies will cost you significantly and also add to the overall length of your project. Make sure you know exactly what is coming with your kit, and calculate additional costs you will have in assembling the structure.
  • Your site needs to be accessible by tractor trailer. If it is not you can unload at the nearest point accessible by the truck. Keep in mind that a driver will not risk running his truck and trailer into a jobsite that could damage his equipment, or get him stuck.
  • There is a common saying in the log home business "You can build a bad log home with good logs, but it's very difficult to build a good log home with bad logs".
  • Don't assume that every kit that leaves the factory is done correctly. Many people think that because the kit was sent from a factory dealing with cabin building kits, that the kit is correct, and they are doing something wrong, but kit builders make mistakes, only they are not there to help fix them.
  • If you set one piece wrong or something doesn't go together quite right, you can fight everything the rest of way and nothing will be smooth, or correct.
  • You need to have a forklift onsite to unload the kit from the truck.
  • Many kits require a crane to set pieces of the roof in place.
  • Make sure you get a list of all the tools that you need in order to put you kit together, and find out where you can buy, borrow, or rent them.
  • Kits do not come stained, and that is something you will need to do, or pay to have done. Some kit suppliers will offer you their services in this area, but you will pay dearly for them. Many stains also have toxic fumes which you need to be careful around.
  • You are limited in the custom design.
  • I thought long and hard about building my own, but realized that I would be biting off more than I can chew, and for the money it didn't make sense." Steve - Zook Cabins Customer
  • They take a long time to assemble. If you are putting a kit together by yourself you really need to have at least some carpentry experience, and it would help if you had some log building experience. A very small 12X24 kit may take you approx. 6-7 weekends, or 12-14 days, and is a lot of work.
  • If you plan to run electric, you will need to drill through the center of each log the whole way up your wall. These things can take a great deal of time, slowing the overall process down.
  • The only time that we would recommend a kit is if you are looking to put a building in a very remote location that is inaccessible. Keep in mind though that you still need to find a way to get all your pieces back to the site.

Zook Cabins Pre Assembled Cabins

  • You need to make sure that you have clearance for the modular cabin to be delivered. Take a look at our delivery page for the space that we need to deliver your building.
  • You will need to arrange for your water, electric, and sewer to be run to your building, and you will also need to hook it up when the building is in place.
  • For larger double wide buildings, or a building set up off the ground on a foundation, a crane is necessary.
  • "What is included in your packages?" This question is one of the most popular ones we get during daily interaction with our customers. We offer a very complete package right from the start, so the answer to that question gets quite lengthy. This includes things like: complete exterior with log siding (protected with exterior sealer), double-pane insulated vinyl windows with shutters, insulated walls and ceilings, knotty pine interior with polyurethane finish, yellow pine solid wood floors, full electrical system including panel box, breakers, lights & ceiling fans, bathroom fixtures (even toilet paper & towel holders), solid pine kitchen cabinetry with dovetailed soft-close drawers, etc., etc. Even the shipping costs: crane rental, setup costs, are all included!"
  • As custom home builders, we will work to accommodate any ideas or options that you would like to incorporate. We are limited in the size buildings that we can make because we haul everything down the road fully assembled, and need to be careful of height and width.

TToday we can make that dream a reality by providing you with an "outdoorsman's paradise" at a fraction of the normal cost to build a log cabin. Our fully assembled log cabins are built in Lancaster County by our Amish carpenters known for their workmanship and attention to every detail. Over the years they have developed a reputation for their outstanding work ethic that is second to none! They are obsessed with every detail from beginning to end…never taking any short cuts! We take great pride in every building that leaves the shop. That's why the owner personally inspects every building to ensure that each measures up to the exceptionally high standards that we have set, and our customers appreciate. Our goal is to provide a cabin for you and your family to enjoy, and create those memories that will last for generations to come!