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.
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.
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.
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.
We just finished a panel house in Brabant in The Netherlands. Stucco everywhere, with some touches of wood.
Unfortunately we have no English translation for this post. Click here for the original Dutch version.
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…).
Nowadays houses must be draft-free and air tight. We used to place foam strips between the logs, this took care of the draft but it was not fully air-tight. Today we take a more rigorous approach: we completely wrap the house in an air-tight foil. Damp-open, but air-tight. We started wrapping yesterday, at the same time we are placing the main beams on the roof. These are maybe a little over-dimensioned, 60 kilos each, fully laminated, they will never bend.
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.
Finally you have decided to build a wooden house but one more dilemma is waiting: should you build a timber frame construction or a log home? Feeling confused about the difference? Do not worry, we will try to explain the main differences between the two.