Author Archives: Ysbrand Galama

Where Does All The Energy Go?

With the cost of energy rising every year, and with the daily increase of the “energy transition” effort, many houses are designed around one central theme: saving energy. Everybody installs heat pumps and solar panels and ventilation systems and batteries, all to make sure we minimize our carbon footprint. Green is good.

wooden house almost ready for use

wooden house almost ready for use

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A Super Nice House

Not all houses are equal. Some are nicer than others. Of course we think wooden houses are really nice, but some wooden houses are extra super nice.

We are currently building a wooden house in The Netherlands that we think is extra super nice. Why?

This is the building site. Nothing special, just logs everywhere, waiting for assembly.

extra super nice wooden house 03

extra super nice wooden house 03

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Loghouse near Lyon

We have finished a log house just South of Lyon. Lyon is quickly becoming like Paris, with traffic jams and honking cars everywhere. But drive 20km and you’re in lushy fields, vineyards and small villages named Châlons, Rousillon, Saint-Romain-de-Surieu and more names that give us such a warm feeling.

log house near Lyon

log house near Lyon

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New Log House

We started with another new log house in The Netherlands. Construction is, as always, very traditional, with dowels to connect the logs together and big beams in the roof. Today we visitied the building site with our client and afterwards he sent us some photos. And guess what, our client likes the massive beams as much as we do, because they were on each photo.

roof construction of a log house

roof construction of a log house

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Eric & Flo In The Netherlands

We have another one: a copy of the original Eric & Flo, with minimal changes to make it adhere to the Dutch building code.

eric en flo houten huis

eric en flo houten huis

This one is in the South of The Netherlands, in the fields next to a small road.

eric en flo houten huis

eric en flo houten huis

With a fence around the terrace, otherwise the cows would come for a visit.

Frysian View

In Friesland we are currently building a house in the Sneek-area. We are now two weeks before hand-over, and as usual with frame houses there are foils sticking left and right from the house. Does not look very appealing, but in two weeks all will be finished and you will see a beautiful wooden house. More photos to follow. So why to publish this photo now? Because of the view!

The living room has a full glass facade, 8 meters wide, 7 meters high, and on the other side is Frysland (Fryslân [ˈfrislɔːn]), green and blue with white cumulus and black-and-white (in the distance, most are in the barn…).