News about log cabins, summerhouses, garden garages

  • The Maintenance and Renovation of A Wooden House

    Wooden architecture is cosy and environmentally friendly, but unlike brick architecture – it can sometimes be fragile, vulnerable and constantly changing. In order for it to stand for as long as possible, a wooden house or log cabins requires regular maintenance and individual parts need to be renewed. If small damages are detected and removed early, it is possible to avoid more extensive damage and radical changes, which will save the house from requiring significant investment. The most important conditions to ensure the longevity of the house are a high-quality foundation, a good roof, and good drainage facilities. The biggest threat to the wooden houses and log cabins is long-term humidity along with the precipitation that could fall on/into the building through a leaking roof or g... (More)
  • Family from Wales Builds “Hobbit house”

    Simon Dale was a man who was fed up with huge mortgage payments and decided to take things into his own hands. So, he took a chisel, a hammer, a chainsaw and moved to a hillside in Wales and began to build. He was convinced that the house would not cost more than a half of the family’s income. The result of four months’ work was a wooden, environmentally friendly house (like log cabin, timber house or other wooden structure) which cost only £3,000. Everybody who saw this house said that it looks just like one of the Hobbit houses from The Lord of the Rings. Mr Dale, who had no previous experience in carpentry, managed to build a sustainable home for his family using scrap wood for floors, and materials scavenged from skips. While Simon was building a house, his wife Jasmine Saville ... (More)
  • How to Ensure The Quality of Log Homes

    Lithuania is The First European Union Country to Implement A Unified Log Home Standard This standard regulates the quality of log homes, defines their manufacturing, along with all aspects of construction. According to the representatives of the wooden house manufacturers association, in taking these steps Lithuania has shown an example for other countries to follow. For example, log home manufacturers in Estonia have already contacted the association regarding advice in the drafting of relevant standards because they are also facing the same problems pertaining to the quality of log homes. Companies in Western European countries are also interested in the standards because these companies outsource wooden beams from Lithuania and other Baltic countries. Companies that comply with the lo... (More)
  • Log Homes Alternative: A Prefabricated Modular House

    A prefabricated modular house is a house built from wooden panels which are made in the factory and assembled on the site of the construction. Modular houses differ from log homes in a number of ways. Prefabricated modular houses’ panels are made at the factory and installed on-site. The construction of the modular house consists of a wooden frame, panels, insulation materials and decoration. The inside of the timber frame is filled with stone or glass wool. This multi-component construction ensures that the panels retain good thermal properties. Prefabricated modular homes are one of the most popular types of construction. These houses are cost effective and environmentally friendly with the related building costs being much lower compared to the costs of brick houses. This type of b... (More)
  • For Rest and Relaxation - Wooden Houses

    For many people nature and the outdoors are associated with rest and relaxation. For this reason, both in summer and at the colder times of the year, many people head for the countryside looking for new spaces and fresh air. For those who do take comfort in nature, a wooden house is very often the best option. Wooden houses can be a person’s permanent living space or just the perfect place to relax and spend one’s leisure time. The companies that produce log cabins note that there are many different applications for wooden houses and they need to be maintained in different ways. Quite often wooden houses can be a substitute for a residence in the garden – this could be a small log cabin equipped according to the person’s preferences and expectations. Alternatively, a wooden house ... (More)
  • Multilayer Beams

    Today buildings constructed of engineered wood beams are becoming more popular. Modern wood gluing technology allows for the use of engineered wood for many elements in the production of wooden log houses. These multilayer wooden beams can be used in the construction of walls, rafters, and ceiling beams. In glued wood technology, a log only constitutes a raw material in order to produce engineered wood. It is also worth noting that engineered wood is a better building material than hand-planed or processed timber. The use of engineered glued wood is significantly broader than that of simple timber. First of all, engineered wood provides the ability to create a greater variety of architectural designs and combine wood with glass, masonry blocks, and frame structures. Which Timber Beams Are... (More)
  • Common Mistakes in The Construction of A Log House

    The average log houses buyer has tended to focus on the log house price through the recent economic downturn, but often they haven’t thought about how the house will look in 2 or 3 years time. The relative quality of log houses may be affected not only by the failure to comply with quality standards, but also through the lack of basic technological knowledge. Experts at the Wooden Houses Manufacturers Association, point to the most common mistakes in the construction of log homes. 1. Incorrect joining of the logs. In some cases, the joint where the logs intersect (longitudinal groove shape) is irregular in shape. According to the Wooden Houses Manufacturers Association’s quality requirements, the width of the joint cannot be less than half the thickness of the log. The picture shows ... (More)
  • The Key Features of Wooden Houses

    In today’s rapidly changing world ecological building materials are coming back into the modern building processes. More and more people are choosing to build a house using wooden materials and logs every year, and there are a few specific reasons for this. Firstly, living in a wooden house is the best experience for those who want to live in a durable, environmentally friendly, warm, and beautiful house. Wooden houses have now become modern, prestigious, and unique homes for everybody. Wood, as the basic building material, has been used ever since humans began to build houses for themselves. Moreover, wood is a sturdy and reliable building material so an adequately constructed and looked after wooden house can stand for a very long time. There are lots of log houses standing in Easter... (More)
  • Timber Frame Homes (Part 2)

    Steps for timber frame homes installation. The  timber frame up to the roof consists of 3 parts: the bottom beams which go along the length, the edge and centre uprights, and the upper frame. After the walls have been erected, it is time to proceed with the construction of the roof. Rubber insulation material is then placed between the base and the bottom beams, which serves as hydro insulation and ensures that the construction is sealed. Then the bottom beams are screwed to the base; calibrated timber will work best for the frames. The next step is to lay out   timber frame elements; they should be positioned at least 60cm away from each other. Thicker beams are installed in the corners of the construction and the frame material is attached by nails or screws. Next, the upper frame i... (More)
  • Timber Frame Homes (Part 1)

    Traditionally, a warm and long-lasting house is associated with a brick house. However, thanks to modern building materials and innovative technologies, frame cabins/houses can now be considered as the equivalent substitute of a brick house. Timber frame homes with OSB shields, which are popular in North America and Scandinavia and which feature good thermo-insulation qualities have gradually gained popularity throughout the country. Please find below some tips on the building of timber frame buildings. The Main Features of Wood-Frame Structures Frame cabins and frame cabins with OSB shields feature similar qualities and the final result is more or less the same. The main difference lies in the building process ‒ the parts of the timber frame home with OSB shields are prefabricated in ... (More)

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