Upgrading Your Existing House: Building a House Extension
Adding some extra space to the existing house, sometimes is just a better solution than building a new bigger home or buying another property. Upgrading your current property with a house extension also will increase it’s value in the market even if you decide to move in the future.
As with all building activities, house extension has to pass local authorities regulations, although in many cases it is much easier process than getting a building permit for a new built home.
House Extension in Switzerland
Our main activity is new wooden homes construction, although we are always happy to help our customers with different type of projects, as well with house extensions.
As an example, currently we are working on one chalet extension in Switzerland, about 30 min away from Geneva. Client loves the landscape and house location but needs more space.
Some people want to build a house just from a single log (no additional insulation on the exterior). In such case between the logs we use a thin strip to stop any draft.
In our wooden log houses we install electricity in the log walls. The procedure is very easy.
1. The client tells us where he plans to place switches, power outlets, TV-antenna cables, Ethernet cables and loudspeaker cables. Anything with a wire we can put it in the walls.
Before we assemble a wooden house we make a complete set of assembly drawings. The assembly drawings show the house log-by-log, with each log having a unique number.
On the building site it is a matter of finding the correct log and then assemble the house. Note that the bigger logs can weigh well over 100 kilos. Not something that you just pick up and carry. Continue reading
Chalet 3D Design: Modern and Minimalistic
This chalet was designed using straight lines and clean geometry. Wood combined with big windows creates a bright interior and lets you enjoy the stunning view on the landscape.
For the exterior finishing we have used natural or grey colours which fit very well with the surrounding. Continue reading
Long ago the quality of a wooden house depended on the location of the factory. A factory in the north used wood from the north, which was growing more slowly and was denser and heavier.
But times have changed. First of all there is a very active European wood market, and just like oil, wood is a raw material that is being actively traded all over the world. Also modern wood treatment techniques have improved the quality of wood as a building material in such a way that nowadays more factors come into play. It is not just northern wood that is a good building material. Continue reading
One of the main discussion topics between builders and architects and construction engineers is: insulation, heating, humidity and ventilation. Especially in panel walls there is the problem that high insulation values create humidity in the walls, unless special techniques are applied to stop humidity to enter the walls.
Let’s design a very basic wall: gypsum on the inside, then mineral wool/glass-wool, then pine on the outside. Nobody builds like this, but let’s do it as an experiment. We want the wall to be very well insulated so we put 20 centimeters insulation between the gypsum on the inside and the pine on the outside. Here’s what the wall looks like:
Inside the wall are projected two curves: a black line with the temperature (view the Celcius scale on the left) and a blue line with the dew point, i.e. the temperature at which the humidity condensates.
As long as the black line is higher than the blue line: no problem. But as soon as the black line meets the blue line there is a big big problem: condensation. Meaning: fungus, rot, and badness. We don’t want the black line meeting the blue line. What to do?
Understanding the new rules in France on house construction
As of January 2013 all house builders are facing a new challenge: the RT 2012. There is a lot of confusion about the new rules with everybody having his own interpretation of the law.
But most of the basics are not that complicated. This article tries to explain the basics. Continue reading
Start saving a wooden house construction costs already at a design stage
If you recently started looking or designing your next wooden home, more than likely you will start making a floor plan. Soon you will realise that to make a good and functional layout is not that easy. While for many architectural professionals it is a second nature, for many clients can be difficult to find the best solution.
Of course if you have got plenty space to build and budget doesn’t limit your choices, then there is no problem. And what if it is not so? We have an advice for you: Continue reading
We have four different windows to choose from:
For our clients that want to build a wooden house usually we offer four types of windows:
- Wooden windows
- Wooden windows with aluminium cladding on the outside
- Aluminium windows
- PVC windows