A wall has a footprint, and it takes away valuable space from your total house footprint. Some people never think about the amount of space being taken by walls, assuming that walls are paper-thin, or that the amount of space they take is negligible. But walls actually take quite a lot of space. Take a look at the floor plan below.
This is a log house. The floor plan is 8×12 meters (outside dimensions) and we have drawn some random walls inside the house. Continue reading
If you are planning to build a wooden house, most likely you would like to know possible options for exterior finishing. Different types of wood, boards profile and the right choice may have a big difference on a final house look and durability. We use spruce or larch wood for the exterior finishing. What are the main difference and which is better?
What Is The Cost Of A Wooden House?
Traditionally this depended on the area and the local conditions. In the Ardennes in Belgium, there is so much wood that a wooden house is cheaper than a brick house. In The Netherlands, with hardly any trees and a lot of mud, brick houses were cheaper. But this has changed. The cost of transport has gone down so much, that nowadays you can produce a wooden house in Lithuania, then put it in a truck and drive three days and still arrive at reasonable costs. The cost of building a wooden house depends not so much on the area where you build, but it depends a lot on the actual technical specifications of the house. Continue reading
Building energy efficient houses is all about R-values: higher R-values mean lower energy-loss, and lower energy bills. Simple. Or maybe not. Maybe it is a little more complicated than that. Maybe there is more in play than just R-values.
A wooden house will shrink. No matter how dry the wood was initially, over time, during a period of approximately two years, all residual humidity will slowly evaporate from the wood and the wood will become more dry. Wood shrinks in one direction only: lateral, but not longitudinal, or in other words, logs will become thinner, but not shorter.
How Much Will A Wooden House Shrink?
Wooden houses are durable and last long. Admitted: a brick will not rot. But a brick house needs maintenance. Without maintenance a brick house will crack and crumble, and crumble rapidly after a wet period and a little frost. Without maintenance a brick house will last no longer than a wooden house.