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Buying a timber frame house from Finland

BACKGROUND FOR BUYING A MASSIVE WOODEN HOUSES LIKE LOG HOUSES OR TIMBER FRAME HOUSES 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.

MASSIVE WOODEN HOUSES TODAY
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.

DIFFERENT MASSIVE WOODEN HOUSE STYLES
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.

INITIAL CONSULTING
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.

PLANNING CONTRACT
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.

PLANNING PROCESS
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.

ORGANIC MATERIAL, TRADITIONAL METHODS AND MODERN MANUFACTURING
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 AS A RAW MATERIAL
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.

ENGINEERED WOOD
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. 

OUR MATERIAL DIMENSIONS
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. 

INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING
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 SYSTEM AND A LOG FRAME SYSTEM
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.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY
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.

UTILITIES
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.

LOG HOUSE KIT OR TIMBER FRAME HOUSE KIT
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.

BUILDING THE HOUSE
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

Finnlamelli floor plan – Aapo

First floor plan that gets the honor of being reviewed is Finnlamelli’s Aapo. Finnlamelli is less-known custom log home manufacturer from Finland. Excellent product quality and flexible manufacturing and deliveries make this company one of the first choices when you consider buying a log home from Finland. Being so strongly technology oriented log home manufacturer, Finnlamelli’s standard catalog models aren’t stunning architectural thrills, still I found one that I especially like.

COMING HOME
So you come back from work and pick up some groceries on your way. You park into the carport and expect to conveniently get those bags inside. No such luck! There is no access from the carport to wetroom and inside. Luckily overhangs extend far enough to protect you if it’s raining so you get inside without getting wet. There are two independent storage rooms connected to the carport one with optional access to inside the house.

HOME SWEET HOME
Open living room with cathedral ceiling greets you, once you get past the entrance. Statue-like oven is the focal point of living room. Imagine those warm and cozy nights, family getting together and playing board games and fire flickers through glass crate. Door to backyard veranda invites outside to sunshine and to sunset.

KITCHEN
From living room you have an access to almost every room in the house. Kitchen is almost integral part of living room and separated only by cabinets and the decorative partition wall behind them. Large kitchen area, plenty of room for dining table. Is there anything more natural than whole family having dinner together?

BEDROOMS
Three bedrooms make this log home a small family home. All the bedrooms have plenty of storage space, one comes with its own closet. Parents’ room is separated from kids’ rooms by living room, a nice detail that gives some privacy. Unfortunately same cannot be said about toilet, which is directly connected with living room. No matter what, it is always slightly embarrassing to use this kind of toilet when some guests are visiting.

UTILITY
Utility has lots of room for washing and drying machines also cabinet room for linen. This room also has a door to outside, you’ll probably find some kind of rack to hang laundry on. This kind of wetroom/mudroom area is reasonable to marry with bathroom and (as in Finland we are) sauna. Nothing splendid in bathroom, just very efficient, pretty much the same goes with rest of the house.

SUMMARY
This floor plan uses space extremely sparingly, providing good return for your money. Efficiency turns against itself and takes away some points, also carport should be connected with direct access to the house and mudroom. I can warmly recommend this floor plan, but with slight alterations. Luckily the company is up for the challenge since most of their homes are custom made.

Do you want your floor plan reviewed? Just leave a comment, I read them all.

Got my log home book

The Craft of Modular Post & Beam: Building Log & Timber Homes Affordably is the name of the book. Could the title be any longer? Thank you for Amazon UK for managing such a speedy delivery.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

    Illustrations are clear and simple, which is good for educational book like this. Just like me to check pictures first, I just love comics!Everything gets covered starting from materials, so this is a good handbook for person needing the overall idea on how to build post & beam log home.

    On the negative side, book lacks depth on some areas. Luckily topics, which are interesting for builder are included and dealt with in detail. I suppose this book is must read on log building courses that author holds.

    Thank God it’s technical and not general picture resource book.

    Good glossary and index, both are something that I especially appreciate, because this book is my first real step into English term in the area of log homes and log cabins.

I am certain that this book will make my favorite past time activity for coming weeks. I plan to write a complete review as soon as I feel comfortable with its content. As an example, there is a section in the book that tells you how to build a spiral log staircase into your log home. How cool is it that this book tells you how to use log to make everything imaginable… Ok, ok, get rid of that image of wooden fireplace, you are burning the house down.