While the cement guys are busy with the floor heating and the cement top layer, we continue working on the roof. This house gets a metal roof. Metal roofs used to have a somewhat mixed reputation. Cool and techy, but also a little, well, shoddy.
We place our wooden walls straight on the concrete foundation, and then, between our walls, the cement & concrete guys add a few extra layers:
- floor heating
- chape, or cement
- optionally: tiles, or a wooden floor.
In this house we don’t do layer 4. No tiles, no wood, just cement on top. Looks cool and modern, and contrasts nicely with the wooden walls. Just a matter of preference. The combination of floor heating and a wooden floor is a little unusual, but we have wooden floors that are specially engineered to be combined with floor heating.
The main problem with this floor? Layer 3: the cement. We need to bring a 35 tonnes cement mixer to the island, on a pontoon. Today was pontoon day.
We start with a floor like this: concrete load bearing base, then insulation, floor heating (that’s the yellow lines), steel grid.
Adding the insulation on the outside has started. We are lucky with the weather, no rain at all. Having rain while doing the insulation works is not impossible and the insulation will dry without any problem, but it is easier to install it in dry conditions.
With the nice weather works are progressing very rapidly. The roof is closed, no more rain inside the house. Not that it rains anyways, we haven’t seen any rain in the last three weeks. Next week we will put the Ruukki metal roof on top. First however we will finish the roof bottom, and we will place the insulation on the outside, and then cover with larch. Zero maintenance, lasts a lifetime.
Today we received the second truck. Unloading the truck, loading the ponton, unloading on the island, all in all it took us four hours. Not bad, and perfect weather again.
After unloading we started assembling the house. With a nice clean building site and a perfect foundation (built by Van Arkel Bouw) there is nothing that keeps us waiting, so we reorganized our log packs a little and started right away. Result: we are at ceiling level in five working days.
On 12th of August, 2013 we have started new construction of a modern wooden house in France. House size – 170 m2 which includes 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, office room, huge living room connected with the kitchen.
Besides wooden house there is installed 200 m2 terrace and implemented swimming pool in it. As a separate building – there is also a garage of 25 m2 next to the house.
Detailed description and a movie showing a log house construction:
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.
About The Chalet
As we built custom design houses every project is unique and exceptional. We have built contemporary log houses and with this client we got a chance to compliment our list with a beautiful mountain chalet, designed by architect Stéphane CICUTTO GUIFFAUT from Chamonix Mt. Blanc (contact details at the bottom of this post).
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