When Sandy and I drove through North Carolina and Tennessee a few months ago, we passed a number of beautiful log cabins. I've long admired these structures, and while we were there, I picked up a brochure for Cedar Log Homes, based in Kingsport, TN.
I could so easily see myself living in a simple yet stately log home with a high vaulted ceiling, a large master bedroom and luxurious lofts upstairs, and a beautiful stone fireplace. It may happen, even though I love where I live now.
Companies like Cedar Log Homes provide kits for the various home designs, which include structural posts and beams, trim caps, logs, foam sealant (which renders them very well insulated and energy efficient, not to mention good at keeping critters out), and lots of other things, right down to nails.
What dont' you get? Well, I don't see any mention of roofing material. You'll have to have your own slab poured, and plumbing and wiring installed, appliances and pretty much everything that isn't part of the shell. They have floor plans, so I guess the kits include stairways and interior walls.
Oh, and you'll have to provide the labor to put the whole thing up. As long as you know that, everything's just fine.
According to their FAQs, they have a number of models under $25,000. Just remember all the extras.
I'm guessing the under-$25,000 aren't among those in the NASCAR Celebrity Homes series.