Because the logs of a wooden house shrink slightly (approximately 1% for laminated wood), we need to take special precautions. When mounting vertical battens to the log walls (to support insulation for instance) we need to make sure that the logs can slide, or shift. See the photo.
In Neerpelt (Belgium, at the border with the Netherlands near Eindhoven) we built a wooden house in “Hansel und Gretschel”-style, as the owner calls it. In our memories the Hansel und Gretschel house was a little smaller, but otherwise this could be it. We still have to finish the window shutters.
For log-houses you can use three types of wood:
- dried wood
- non-dried wood
- laminated wood
Dried wood is cut down, peeled and then dried in a drier room. At sixty degrees Celcius the wood will dry with a speed of one centimeter per day and so a forty centimeter log will have to stay in the drier for twenty days. Continue reading
To better protect wood against rain, wind and the sun, usually it is impregnated. There are different wood treatment methods.