Not too far from LegoLand in Denmark we are building an Eric & Flo, but then bigger. Much bigger. And modified into an L-shape with car park under the main roof.
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And since this is Denmark, the insulation requirements are extreme. But the basic concept is still the same. Traditional logs, connected with traditional dowels, lots of insulation, damp-open and larch on the outside.
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
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
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.
main beams for the roof, air tight foil around the house
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.
foundation for a wooden house
We are being asked regularly if we sell kit homes. For a kit home we would deliver one or more trucks or containers with building materials, a clear manual, and off you go. Like an IKEA-house.
No, we don’t deliver kit homes.
The Sears Catalog Home
But why not? Building a house is not rocket science. In the USA the Sears company has been delivering the Sears Catalog Home for years. Those were not garden sheds, those were full size houses for permanent living.