Build Your Own Low-Cost Log Home. If you are considering building a log home, here is one of the best books on the subject. You’ll learn: How to shape logs, make corner joints, erect walls, fit joists, add decks and porches, and much more. How manufacturers’ kit homes differ, illustrated by many photographs and detailed drawings. How to pick the best site for a house and plan your foundation, driveway and landscaping. What the manufacturer of a kit log house can do for you and how to be sure you get what you want. The secrets of how to save the most on building your log home, what you can do best yourself and when to get professional help. Tools you’ll need and ways to simplify hard jobs like raising logs and planning for chimneys. This is the basic book for the log house builder, with those special tips that come only with much experience.