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.Continue reading
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.
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 have no catalogue with standard out-of-the-box houses. Instead we design each house almost from scratch, and we produce each house individually.
We just finished a panel house in Brabant in The Netherlands. Stucco everywhere, with some touches of wood.
It used to be like this, and now two years later we have asphalt and a speed limit and home owners mowing the lawn.
We have another one: a copy of the original Eric & Flo, with minimal changes to make it adhere to the Dutch building code.
This one is in the South of The Netherlands, in the fields next to a small road.
With a fence around the terrace, otherwise the cows would come for a visit.