Demand for Log and Timber Frame Homes on the Rise

Filed in Committees and Councils, Economics by on July 27, 2018 3 Comments

Sales of log and timber frame homes have increased considerably over the past six years, recovering to near pre-recession levels and growing faster than traditional homes’ recovery.

According to a survey of builders and suppliers, 10,676 log and timber frame – or a hybrid of the two – homes were sold in 2017, up sharply from the 8,700 sold in 2012. These sales brought in $940 million, a 56% increase from 2012.

Revenues from log and timber frame homes have risen at a faster pace than units sold over the past six years as floorplans for the homes have expanded and offerings more extravagant. The average square footage for a log home in 2017 was 2,031.

When compared to the rest of the residential home building industry, demand for and production of log and timber frame homes has been stronger during the post-recession housing recovery. The 10,676 log and timber frame homes sold in 2017 is just 7.8% less than the number sold in 2006, while volume for the entire single-family construction industry is down 42%.

Log and timber frame homes now account for 5.3% of the custom home market in the United States.

The biannual survey, conducted on behalf of the NAHB Log and Timber Homes Council and the Timber Framers Guild, also revealed that log and timber suppliers are diversifying their business offerings. In 2017, 60% of respondents offered construction services compared to 57% in 2015, the last year the survey was conducted.

Remember that July is National Log Homes Open House Month. Visit to learn about events in your area during the month-long commemoration. Also, be on the lookout for posts tagged #loghomesmonth on NAHB’s Facebook page, celebrating log and timber homes throughout July.

For more information on National Log Home Open House Month or the Log and Timber Homes Council, contact Devin Perry at 202-266-8577.


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