Buying a timber frame house from Finland

Building massive wooden houses has a long history. Wood was readily available in many areas as well as skilled wood workers. In time this meant that standard building and connection methods were developed in the field of timber framing and log house notching. Different areas had also specific styles both for timber frame houses and log houses. This means that for example German massive wooden houses look quite different when compared to ones in Great Britain or Scandinavia but all the while the building principles are the same.

Timber Frame Viking barn roof and ceiling from inside.

Massive timber frame structure remains visible from inside giving a strong character to the building.

Today the situation is considerably different when compared to traditional handcraft building methods for massive wooden houses. Nature conservation efforts and environment protection set strict ground rules for forest industry. The price for skilled wood workers has soared, because of limited availability of professionals.

For these reasons commercial lumber sourcing and automated industrial manufacturing have been combined with advanced digital planning. These methods mean that wood house factories can automatically manufacture a very complex timber frame house or log house design with a push of a button. Computer assisted 3-D designing also helps in fulfilling customer wishes and make it easy for the customer to take part into the design process with the help of 3-D models.

Modern white timber frame house made of wood

Both timber frame house and log houses can have very modern look without losing any of the classic appeal.

Timber frame houses and log houses are very flexible and can accommodate additional building methods, styles and materials like stone, brick, steel and straw-bale. You can fit your massive wooden house into an urban environment among tile clad buildings and nobody could tell the difference from outside as long as you would use similar tiles as your neighbors to finish the exterior of your house.

Inside style doesn’t have to follow the outside, instead it can be drastically different and include oriental style or you can keep the massive timber frames or log walls visible and add to the rustic look or maybe you would like to aim that famous Scandinavian Design style… possibilities are limited only by imagination. One thing is sure, massive wooden houses invite you to try custom built solutions, which are unique for your house alone.

Buying a timber frame house or a log house from Finland is very easy. Just send us your architect drawings, hand-drawn sketches or your own ideas and we take it from there. First we consult you about your specific wishes for your house and general requirements for the project so that we are able to give you overall guidance and tips about the project. Then we will together agree about the next step. Initial consulting is just the first step down the long road of house building process. We will continue by giving you approximate costs for the coming project and related time tables. At this point you will have the information for deciding if you want to continue with the project or not.

If you, like many others, decide that you want to move forward with your house order then we will sign a planning contract for custom designing your massive wooden house. We do this because our accurate 3-D design process has to be done down to manufacturing detail level from the very first line we draw. Unlike normal architectural planning – which is merely a guidance for builders or manufacturers – our plans can be manufactured for delivery immediately after the client has approved them. If for some reason you don’t want to continue with us we will give the finished drawings for you to continue the project with someone else.

We can design a beautiful house for you no matter your starting point. The process runs in cycles as we hand you over the various versions for the outside look and the floor plan of the house. Every cycle will show you the house with more detail and closer to your dream house. Drawings will be modified according your requests and slowly the finished plans are ready for your building license applications and for our manufacturing process.

Seaside villa

Some of the classic elements of log house building include covered porches, open gables and angled roofs.

Wood in general is one of the most convenient building materials and probably the best organic building material in the world. Wood is light weight and strong and it also has a long history as a building material so it is familiar to most builders. When wood is combined with timber framing or log notching, which are among the oldest building systems, you can rest assured that the starting point for your project is very favorable.

Wood grows in layers and there is air tied in between these layers, which makes even structural wood a natural insulation material. When compared to modern industrial materials like steel and concrete wood has a superior insulating value and this doesn’t yet include the thermal mass of the wood. Because of its mass, wood is able to store and release heat and humidity together these qualities transform massive wooden house into a battery, which stores extra energy and releases it when needed.

Timber frame support post and beam structure.

Massive timber frame wood will have visible cracks on its surface due to the drying. Engineered wood will retain the smoothness through the years giving uncomparable style and quality.

Timber frame summer villa

Industrial quality of timber frame building has considerably better finishing quality when compared to traditional hand-carved timber frames. Price is also cheaper and delivery times faster than with traditional massive wooden houses. Together these reasons have skyrocketed the sales volume of industrially manufactured massive wooden houses.

The kiln-dried and glue-laminated wood that we manufacture to be used as raw material for the massive wooden houses has even better structural properties than normal wood. Glue-laminated and kiln-dried wood doesn’t crack or bend as much as normal wood does and the surface has a cleaner look plus it withstands elements better. 

We offer several dimension specifications for our timber and log frames, starting from 88 mm all the way up to 270 mm. The length of an individual post of beam can be 12 meters and this length can be extended by joining two or more pieces together. In case you require custom dimensions for you house. We can manufacture them all the way up to beams with 500 mm as their height or width. 

We use fully automated manufacturing line that comprises of several wood processing units. We can produce the timber frame pieces or logs for a large house in a day while similar house could take months to finish by a team of hand-craft workers. All of the mortise and tenon cuts or log notches and pre-cuts are placed accurately according the original 3-D design and cutting quality remains the same throughout the frame. The most important work left for human eyes and hands is the quality control.

Timber frame systems uses mortise and tenon connections to fix together uniquely shaped timber pieces. Our system follows this tradition and no metal pegs, plates or locks are used. The same is true for our log houses, all the logs are milled to fit perfectly. The overall frame is designed for by using our standard pre-cuts, which ensures that there are no mistakes with the joinery. This means that after you receive the timber frame or a log house kit you are able to raise it quickly piece by piece just following our detailed installation map.

Hirsitalossa on myös hyvä levätä, jos sattuu väsyttämään pitkän päivän iltana.

Massive wooden houses are tremendously energy efficient. Warm atmosphere makes it easy to cozy on a sofa.

Environmental values and energy conservation have become increasingly important topics in housing industry. Massive wooden houses are both very energy efficient and environmentally friendly. It is obvious that since wood grows on its own it doesn’t need much energy input to be a ready product. This is not the case with steel and concrete as well as many other building materials. An added benefit with massive wood is that it functions as a carbon dioxide storage for the time of use and can be easily recycled in the end of the life cycle, which can be even hundreds of years. You are not only building a timber frame house for yourself, you are saving the planet for all of us.

Flexibility has been mentioned many a time with massive wooden houses. It is no different with the utilities and all the modern solutions can be used together with these houses. To emphasize the environmental nature of this building system it is recommended that you include heating system such as geo-thermal heat pump or solar panels for heating of water and creating electricity. Alternatively you might benefit from having a wind mill generating electricity. All the electricity, plumbing, ventilation and lighting designs that you have for your house will be taken into consideration so that the installation is convenient. Machine powered ventilation with air filters makes sure that inside air is super clean even in a densely-built urban area.

The final question that must be settled before delivering the house is the contents of the house kit. We can deliver the frame only or any number of hardware store materials to go with the order. Our preference is that we provide you with the structure and you source the internal and external finishes, utilities and furnish the place when all is built and done.

It doesn’t matter where you build your house. We can help with the actual construction of the house. We can send a team to build or a foreman to oversee the site. In any case you don’t have to handle the task on your own. Languages that we provide are Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Estonian, English, German, French, Italian, Slovenian, Chinese and Japanese. As you can see, in many cases you don’t need a interpreter at the building site.

For starters you can contact:

For Russian speaking markets – Andrey: +358 40 371 6598

For English speaking markets – Jake: +358 45 235 6989

4 thoughts on “Buying a timber frame house from Finland

  1. John Bean

    Would it be economical to send a timber frame to California zip code 93536 in the USA? I think California would require steel connectors for the frame. Could you provide for holes and connectors instead of the old type of notching that you normally use to connect frames. I feel your method would be more effective than steel connectors but they wouldn’t let me build since we are in a seismic IV area near several different major fault systems. Also what type of wood do you use? what is an estimated cost for a 2,000 square foot house? the estimate for a hall or reception room of about 3,500 square feet.

  2. Jake Post author

    Hello John,

    We do send massive timber frames to the States every year. However the houses are rather big as the transportation cost plays quite a role Finland being such a distant country when looked from the States. I would say that house of approximately 4000-5000 square feet would be viable in terms of price/quality. We use European spruce and pine as the raw material for our glue-laminated timber frame. What comes to prices I would like to have better understanding of your house design. Complicated structure can be significantly more expensive than simple structure. And we can manufacture the joinery so that it uses steel connectors instead of mortise-tenon joinery.

  3. harris golap

    I have been dreaming for a wood house and I have just saw one of them on grand design. But got no idea how I’m going to manage this as I’ll be building it miles away from England. All the way to Mauritius God knows how much this project will cost me. As it’s far away and we deal in rupees. Any help will be appreciated. Regards Harris.

  4. Jake Post author

    Hello Harris,

    Thank you for reading through the post. Now you already know more about log home or massive timber frame building than the majority of people on our entire planet! So you see, you are some sort of a professional already.

    The first step is to design a house to your liking and according to the limitations of your building site as well as the local building code. To do this, my recommendation for you is to go and find a local architect or a general contractor who is familiar with single detached house building process. Most of the work stages with wooden houses are the same as with other single houses. After this, I can help to draw out the house with your feedback as well as the feedback of local construction professional.

    The second step would be to go into the total cost of the project and practical matters as shipping the house to Mauritius and handling custom matters. All this has to be outlined with local workers in mind as the overseer for log raising or massive timber frame raising usually stays on the building site until the roof is up and the house is weather-tight.

    What always interests people is the price of the complete wooden material kit. This is a tough one to answer as houses can be so different from each other. As a general rule of thumb, you could go with about 400-500 euro per square meter VAT 0%.

    Hope this helps.
    Best regards

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