The Log Garage Kits Roundup: 8 Models to Suit Every Budget
Whether you already have a log cabin kit and would like to add a log cabin garage to your property, or you have a regular home and love the idea of your garage being built from logs, there are a whole host of cabins available for you to choose from.
Perhaps you just need an indoor space to keep your cars locked up, or maybe you want to create an extra guest house with a small garage below. The options that this extra space can provide you with are endless.
Here are eight different log garage kits that suit every budget, from a small one-bay garage to larger two-bay garages with an additional workshop area.
If you’re looking for advice about buying a garage kit, you can skip ahead to one of these sections.
Skip Ahead To:
- Design Tips for Log Garage Kits
- What Are the Purposes of the Garage
- How Big Will your Garage be?
- Which Direction Will it Face?
- Real Logs or Siding?
- What Comes with a Kit?
- How Much do they Cost?
- Tips on Choosing a Company
8 Log Garage Kits
Two Car Garage
Two Car Garage
Measuring 36 by 24 square feet, this two-car garage would perfectly match a traditional log home that has been built using square rather than rounds logs.
It can be used for multiple purposes, due to the bonus room on the second floor. On the first floor are the two car bays, a workshop, and a bathroom.
As well as the two-car garage doors, there is a third access door towards the back of the garage. This door opens into the workshop, with stairs to the right which lead to the second level.
There is plenty of light on the second level, with two large windows, one at the front of the property and the second at the back.
Ranch Roof Two Car Garage
Lok N Logs offer three different roofing styles for their log garage kits. This particular one, the ranch roof, creates a very traditional look.
This model is available in two sizes, 24 x 26 square feet, and 24 x 24 square feet.
The larger one has a workshop located to the side of the double garage, with a side door for access, and also access through to the garage from the workshop.
The garage is made up of solid log walls up until the gable wall starts roof, and then log siding is used to finish off the rest of the wall, which creates a unique look.
You can also choose between several log profiles, for example, round logs, square logs, or D-shaped logs.
Large Garage with Additional Workshop
A workshop is a practical addition to any home.
This garage is very similar in shape and layout to the last model, however, it is considerably larger at 28 x 42 square feet.
It is also built using solid logs throughout, rather than siding.
This outbuilding features two bays and an additional front entry door which has direct access into the workshop area.
Appalachian Log Structures recommends buying this garage prior to building a log cabin, to store all the tools and materials during the build which is an excellent idea!
Office Log Garage Kit
This space-saving garage offers plenty of uses including an office away from the home, a games room, or even a self-contained apartment.
It looks almost like a full-size home from the exterior, with a large two-bay garage which is 720 square feet, there is also an office space which is 280 square feet.
On the second level, there is an open plan living area with space for a kitchen, dining room, and living room, and also a large bedroom and full bath.
There are dormer windows on the second level, allowing plenty of light into the living space.
One Car Garage
This one-bay garage is definitely the smallest featured on this list, but it’s perfect if you’re looking for a small building with a footprint of only 280 square feet.
It is available with full logs to give it the full traditional log cabin feel, or a cheaper option is available if you opt for log siding.
Measuring 20 x 24 inches, there is a 9-foot gap to install your own garage door and a side door for easy access on foot.
Light can enter through each side of the cabin due to the three main windows and windows in the front door.
It has quite a low roof, but Coventry Log Homes offer plenty of other log garage kits if you require a higher roof with more storage options.
Garage with Loft
If you’re looking for a low-budget but high-quality kit, Lazarus Log Homes provides some of the best-priced log kits in the US.
This particular model creates a traditional exterior that matches log homes, but it is actually made from 10-inch profile log siding rather than full logs.
It uses the corner post construction method which would perfectly suit a home built using the same method.
This garage is large enough to store two cars or a small RV and offers plenty of storage space in the loft.
Whilst it is one of the cheaper kits on the market, you will need to source your own garage doors.
High Roof Garage
This one is not strictly a log garage kit. Zook Cabins offer prefab garages which are made in sections and then brought to your site to join together.
Their high roof garages offer plenty of attic space along with higher walls and larger garage doors.
Built by skilled Amish carpenters, this cabin can be put together within three days and can be completely customised to your requirements.
Some brilliant features which these garages feature include no center modular support walls which open up the interior space, the option to add dormer windows, and fine quality craftsmanship.
Haywood Guest House Garage
Haywood is a two-story guest house with a fully self-contained living area on the upper level.
With an open plan living room, dining space, kitchen, and bedroom, this guest house could be used for older parents, as a holiday home or space for the kids to chill out.
The first floor is 864 square feet and the second floor is 654 square feet, giving you a total of 1518 square feet of space.
Design Tips for Log Garage Kits
What Will it be Used For?
What Will it be Used For?
When you’re designing your garage, think about the purpose of it, and the different things you might want to use it for. Here are a few common purposes:
- Car/RV/Boat Storage
- Workshop Space
- Guest House
- Games Room
- Rental Units
When you know exactly what you want to use a garage for, you’ll be able to start thinking about how many car bays you need, whether you need any bathroom or kitchen facilities in there, how many levels you’d like, and whether you want a high pitched roof for extra storage.
How Big is the Site?
The size of your land might dictate what size the log garage kit will need to be. If you only have a small space, you’ll be limited with the size of the garage you can have.
If you have an unlimited amount of space, you’ll be in the position to design the garage as large as you need to.
The average size of a one-bay garage is 20 x 24 square feet, a two-bay garage is typically around 24 x 26 square feet, and a three-bay garage can be anywhere upwards of 24 x 36 square feet.
If you’re not limited to building a single-story garage, you might be able to create a second level in the loft space, using dormer windows in a higher roof.
You’ll also need to consider the soil type of of your land to make sure you have appropriate foundations to support the building.
Which Direction Do you Want it to Face?
Once you know the size of the site, you’ll be able to think about the orientation of the garage so that it works well with your house.
Think about the easiest access points, both from your car and driveway but also if you just want walk-in access to the garage. Perhaps you might want a door to the side of the garage, closest to your home?
You can also think about windows at this point, ideally, you’ll have one on each wall to allow plenty of natural light in, especially if you’ll be using it for other purposes alongside simply being a carport.
Real Logs or Log Siding?
Many companies only offer log siding so if you are looking for solid logs to match your home, make sure you double-check what materials are used.
Log garage kits built with real logs will be constructed in the same way as a log home, laying logs horizontally one on top of another, the corners notched together.
Garages which use log siding, might use a timber frame construction method, and finish the walls off using log siding to give it the appearance of a log cabin.
What is in Log Garage Kits?
Most kits will come with pre-cut, dried, and treated logs needed to build the garage walls, and a clear construction manual, as well as the roof and caulk.
Whilst most packages come with doors and windows, some do not so make sure you ask for a list of everything that is included in the kit before you commit to buying it.
Here are a few things you might want to check are included, if they’re not, you’ll need to allow for them in your budget.
- Log Wall System
- Windows and Doors
- Roof System
- Interior Stud Walls
- Caulk/ Stain
How Much Is a Kit?
The cheapest way to buy log garage kits is to buy them in a deal alongside your log cabin home. Companies will often offer a large discount for buying the two together.
If you’re in a position to buy both at the same time, this is definitely worth doing, as not only will it be cheaper, but you’ll be able to match the style of log profile.
If you don’t want to buy your home and garage together, but still want a cost-effective method of buying a kit, you could opt for log siding rather than full logs.
The average cost per square foot of log garage kit shell is $55. If you opt for log siding, you can expect the price to be slightly lower at $42 per square foot.
These prices will obviously be affected by area, the types of logs you choose to build with, and whether you opt for a shell or complete package.
For a more depth look at the costs of building a log cabin you can read our ultimate cost breakdown article.
Choosing the Right Company
With hundreds of log cabin companies operating throughout the world, how do you know which one you should choose? Who will provide you with a great quality cabin at a cost-effective price?
Here are a few questions to keep in mind when you choose a company.
1. Are they registered with an association?
N.B. This will mean they have to adhere to certain building standards and will ensure that your log cabin is quality.
2. Do they offer on-site assistance or installation service?
N.B. A company that won’t install or doesn’t offer any on-site assistance should be avoided. Even if you don’t want to take them up on the installation service, always ask the question as it will let you know a lot about the company.
3. Are the logs graded or stamped?
N.B. This will ensure that only the best logs are used and that they adhere to strict trade standards.
4. Do they offer a warranty?
N.B. Most companies should offer a minimum 10-year warranty, with a maintenance schedule caveat.
5. Can you see examples of their past builds and speak with previous clients?
N.B. Companies that are happy for you to speak with past clients obviously developed good relationships with their customers, and make customer service a priority.
Make sure you are thorough with your research into a company before you commit to buying one of their cabins.
Remember, there is usually a reason something is priced way below that of their competitors. If you think a deal is too good to be true… it probably is!
Did You Find Your Perfect Garage Kit?
Log cabin garages can complete your log cabin home, or offer a rustic look to other construction types.
Their purposes are endless, from simply being used as a car store, to a more luxurious holiday retreat.
If you’re looking for a high-quality build you’ll most likely want to opt for a full log garage, but if you want to achieve this look for less, you can opt to log siding.
If you want to read more about the different types of log cabin garages available, read our article on Log Cabin Garage Types.
Did any other of these garages catch your eye or are you continuing your search? We’d love to hear from you if you have any questions!