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Log Home Building Course

Probably the only way to build mortgage free.

Can be easily done on your own.

What I do.

I present a weekend Log Home Building Course, which, in just 2 days teaches you all the methods and techniques required to build your own, environmentally sustainable, mortgage free genuine log home or cabin.

You do not need to be particularly practical and no previous construction experience is necessary.

All courses are taught by Roy Trembath in his well known hand built personal log home in Wilderness Heights, Garden Route, South Africa (pictured on this website).

The South African Log Home Builders Association has been established with the express purpose of teaching people to build their own personal solid log homes with their own cash.

Even if you do not intend to construct your own home, this course will teach you what to look out for if someone else builds for you.

The course takes only takes 2 days (Usually a Saturday and Sunday).

Dates for the courses are announced about 2 months prior to them taking place.

The course is structured to be easily understood by people of all abilities.

I focus on teaching sound, tried and tested principles.

It is presented in English.

Scheduled Course dates

Next course date


3rd & 4th February 2018

7 Places available

Booking a space

If you would like to book to attend one of the course dates above, send me an Email to check the availability and to get a link to the booking form.

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Course fee: R3450

Some reasons for building and living in a real log home:

  1. Build with your own cash - can cost as little as 10% of a conventional structure.

  2. Uses truly sustainable resources - trees can re-grow many times during the life- span of the house.

  3. Structurally very simple and strong - hurricane and earthquake resistant.

  4. Very low maintenance - no sealing or painting inside or out.

  5. It is far less work to build your own log home than it is to work & pay off a 20 year mortgage.

  6. Life span of structure can be 100+ years - the greensted  log chapel in England is over 1000 years old.

  7. No special skills required. - can be built by any able bodied person - on their own.

  8. No major time investment - The required knowledge is taught in just 2 days.

  9. Minimal equipment required - all equipment can fit in the boot of a car and be carried to site.

  10. Can be built to almost any size or design.

  11. Fun: Building a log home is probably the most fun you can have which is still legal.

  12. Great thermal insulation factor - natural temperature regulation - cheap to live in.

  13. Excellent acoustics - music sounds great in a log home.

  14. Very healthy to live in - read 'Wood, people and health'- 2.7mb.

  15. Log homes are aesthetically pleasing and very comfortable.

  16. Timber in unsealed log form naturally maintains a healthy balance of indoor air moisture levels.

  17. Economical, I have built my home (featured on this website) for R880 per sq/m, all in, complete project. This took place in 2006, at the time the average conventional contractor building cost was running at about R7000 per sq/m. Right now the average conventional contractor building costs are around R9500 per sq/m or more, so I expect my  per sq/m cost will have risen due to inflation.
    What you spend on your log home building project depends on many factors, I can only guarantee to teach you the most economical way to build your log home, what you do after that is entirely up to you.


South African Log Home

Builders Association

Teaching people to build their own quality mortgage free log homes.