We are currently building a house from cross laminated timber. Cross laminated timber, or CLT, is a bit like multiplex but then more complex. You take wooden planks 40×40 mm and glue them together into a board, en then you take a second board and glue it on top of the first one. And then a third, and a fourth, until you have the desired thickness. Instead of 40x40mm you can also use 30×30, or 25×25, but the end result is always the same: a massive wooden board that you use to construct walls.
CLT has several advantages:
- it has the characteristics of a brick. No shrinking, no warping, always straight.
- you get a wooden interior, but still modern and flashy, without the looks of traditional logs. Is a personal thing of course, but among architects it is all the rage. Normal people like it too.
- you can very easily construct doors without listings and all that stuff around a door, so you get doors that sort of visually disappear in the wall. All you see is a handle sticking out of the wall.
And it has disadvantages as well:
- it is expensive.
Very expensive actually. Using CLT instead of logs or panel walls may increase the cost of your house with some 10%, easily. But the 10% you forget, whereas the CLT stays, for you to enjoy every day.
So far we like CLT a lot as construction material. On these photos you can’t see much of it, but we will share some photos of the resulting interior later.