Modular log homes are a kind of prefabricated homes, which are also sometimes referred to as "prefab homes." In fact, the terms "modular homes" and "prefabricated homes" or "prefab homes" are often used interchangeably. Instead of being built in the traditional manner of felling and linking logs on site to create a log home, modular log homes are largely built off-site in factories that create entire sections of the homes.
While very basic prefabricated homes, often referred to as trailers are often quite simple and are sometimes produced using inexpensive materials that are not as durable and sturdy as some may like, there has been a recent renaissance of prefabricated homes. In fact, there have even been museum exhibitions and design shows of the most interesting kinds of modular homes that are highly designed and cutting-edge in terms of their efficient use of space and design techniques. Modular log homes have been part of this renaissance.
People often purchase modular log homes as second homes because they are usually less expensive than purchasing an existing structure. Other people who love log homes purchase modular log homes to live in year-round. As such, modular log homes have been a part of the sort of re-branding of the idea of prefabricated homes.
One of the interesting things about modular log homes is how much they range in size and detail. There are some modular log homes that look very much like the traditional trailer except that they have a different kind of exterior and may have a slightly larger porch. There are others that are two stories high with cathedral ceilings, multiple bedrooms, luxurious bathrooms, and gourmet kitchens with top-of-the-line appliances.
The simplest modular log homes are often prefabricated all in one piece and simply have to be installed on a foundation and hooked up to utilities. The more elaborate homes often come in sections that are assembled on site. These larger homes, however, still have very large sections, such as an entire floor of the home, prefabricated at an off-site location. The exact floor plan of these larger houses can often be customized by the owner before the home is fabricated and brought to the site for installation.