End of February 2018 we posted some photos of a foundation where we would soon build a new log house. Now we are in June, and we can show some more photos of the progress so far.
First the foundation itself. This is called a “Hectar”-foundation over here, after the company that builds these foundations (www.hectar.nl). For us Dutch a Hectar-foundation is a little non-standard in that there is no crawl space below the foundation. The foundation has a sand bed, then insulation is placed on the sand bed, then concrete poured into the insulation. A little non-standard over here maybe, but we must admit it works very well. The result is a very flat and even foundation, really easy for us log builders to build a house on.
With the foundation ready, we could receive the first truck on the building site and start assembly. Step one often is finding a place where to store a full trailer load of wood, but this plot is 3.000 m2, so plenty space to place our packs. Each pack weighs 3 tonnes or more, unloading by hand is out of the question.
Step two is to place the first layer of logs on the foundation, with bitumen below the logs.
When this is done, you actually can see thefloorplan.
For most clients this is an almost surreal moment. Many months ago they have started with a house construction project, usually just a hand-drawn floorplan on an A4-sheet. And now, after so many months, sometimes two years down the road, here is the first layer of logs which is the exact copy of their hand-written plan from two years ago.
And from then on it is just a matter of checking our production drawing, finding the log with the corresponding number, and placing it on top. Sounds simple, but some of these logs over 100 kilos. All logs are connected using very old fashioned dowels. Nothing metal, no nuts or bolts or washers, all wood. Timmer hus, as they say in Sweden. We think traditional is good.
At this moment we are at about three meter height.
And this is what it looks like if you build in two minutes: