Since we are working all over Europe, we meet people from different nationalities and different cultures all the time. It makes our job much more fun.
Here we are unloading a truck. The truck driver speaks Polish, our foreman speaks Lithuanian, but together they speak Russian. We speak French with the Manitou driver who also happens to speak Polish, and we speak English with our client and German with the architect. Six languages on one building site, that’s Europe for us.
unloading a wooden house with four nationalities
Usually we make a wooden house design, build it and leave an interior decoration for the owners. Sometimes they trust their own feelings and taste, sometimes they ask professional interior designers for an advice. Below we represent the best interior photos of wooden homes, which we have received from the owners after they have moved in. Hope it will inspire you!
Europe has some pretty old wooden constructions. Barns, churches, living houses, often they survive several hundreds of years. In Switzerland there are some family houses that claim to be from 1176 and 1287 , and in Essex (England) there is a church that has some sections from the 9th and 11th century.
In Lithuania we have this church in Stelmužė, at the border with Latvia and close to Belorussia. The church is from 1650. It was built with only axe, chisel and hammer. No nails except to hang the wooden doors, otherwise just dowels. How cool is that!
One of our offices is based in The Netherlands, and The Netherlands can be really chilly and uncomfortable. Wet and humid. And some Dutch clients think that their climate is not very suitable for a wooden house.
Let’s look at the facts. Below are four graphs, with the relative humidities in Utrecht (Netherlands), Ukmerge (Lithuania), and Moscow (Russia).
relative humidity Utrecht
Went to Oosterwold with a client to take a look at the plot where we will build his house. It was still misty, -5 degrees Celcius. On the Hannah-Ahrendt road the owners of the new-built houses have put their temporary mailboxes at the start of the road.
I am not sure why they did this, but my guess is the mailman got stuck in the mud a few times, and now refuses to go into the road.
Makes a nice picture anyways. Oosterwold is beautiful.