The home of Tony and Lea Bond, featured in The Ottawa Citizen this summer, is a true example of making dreams come true.
With the increasing price tag on vacant land, it is becoming more and more common to partner where possible. The Bond house, situated on 10 acres southwest of Ottawa, covers 2,300 square feet and was designed to accommodate a retired couple (Tony and Lea) on the main floor, as well as a young family (the couple’s daughter and son-in-law) in a walkout basement suite.
Although the 10-acre property is larger than they were originally looking for, and the cost was significant, they scored a saving when the development fee was avoided thanks to a previous foundation existing on their property. Development fees can add $20 – $30k to the cost of obtaining vacant land. Their thinking about the property has also grown and they are considering building a wedding facility in the future (also made from logs, of course).
Homeowner Sweat Equity
With a little flexibility and ingenuity, there are other ways to save on a new home build, and one of these involves old fashioned effort.
Log homes are considered a labour of love because they naturally take longer to build. A number of our past projects have been built with the help of the homeowners in order to save them money. We like to call this sweat equity and it’s another very real option when considering how to make a dream home possible.
Let’s Make Your Log Home a Reality
At Kealey Tackaberry Log Homes we have a long history of working creatively with clients to help realize their unique vision. Thinking about building a log home, but not sure how it will all play out? Give us a shout, we’d love to help you think it through and make your vision a reality.