Author Archives: Ysbrand Galama

Just A Nice Picture

Lately many of our posts were about mud, mud and more mud. Building houses in the polder in The Netherlands sometimes is a muddy affair. But today one of our colleagues took a photo without any mud. Pointed her iPhone slightly upwards, and bingo, nice shot.

wooden house oosterwold

wooden house oosterwold

This is a house we are currently building in Oosterwold. We’re almost ready here, we will show some more photos soon.

Design: architect Edward van der Drift.

And we checked our archive and here is another shot from the same house. And the same iPhone. But different sky.

another cool wooden house photo

another cool wooden house photo

Tour De France

Contact via phone or internet is nice, but before we actually build a house we need to sit around the table with our clients. So we get in the car regularly, and we make our trips through France, at this moment an important market. We call it our Tour de France. Two weeks in a row on the péage, on the D321, and when we run out of luck our TomTom send us into some dirt road. But recently it resulted in a few more projects, see the map.

Where we built recently

Where we built recently

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Bulding Season Has Started

The building season has started. Step one: measuring the plot.

Oosterwold, measuring the plot

Oosterwold, measuring the plot

measuring the plot

measuring the plot

This is Oosterwold, early March. Oosterwold is Dutch reclaimed land, synonyme for: wet, dikes, wind & rain.

And mud, until the roof rack…

Dutch mud

Dutch mud

more Dutch mud

more Dutch mud

Here we will keep you posted about the progress of this house.

Building Materials

Every now and then we have a client that wants us to build a house and then in the process use product this or that for the purpose of finising the roof, or insulating the walls, or whatever. Usually product “this or that” is supposed to somehow lower the maintenance cost of the new house. For instance: composite materials for covering outside walls.

Alternatives For Wall Cladding And Roof Tiling

Many years ago products based on asbestos were popular for roof tiling and wall cladding. We all know how that one ended, and today it is very difficult to get rid of the stuff without hiring guys in white astronaut suits. In The Netherland we recently had a client who almost landed himself in jail for a weekend when he tried to get rid of 1 m2 of asbestos flooring from his old house, without hiring the astronaut-brigade. We all had to laugh about his story, but still it is a serious environmental offense.

composite cladding

composite cladding

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