log houses

Comparing insulation materials

Comparing insulation materials

There are many different kinds of insulation materials to insulate your house. Polyurethane, glass wool, rock wool, old newspapers, wood fiber, sheep wool and the list goes on and on. In this video we compare three common types: polyurethane glass wool wood fiber. One remark about cost. In the video we say that wood fiber is “almost cheap”, i.e. it is slightly more expensive than the other materials. But this video is from 2015 and since 2020 woodprices have gone through the roof, also prices for wood fiber.
Adding a terrace

Adding a terrace

Translations: NL
We had some small outstanding works to be done with a client for whom we built a house about one year ago. Good opportunity to take some photos and put them on our website. And we were lucky because this client had just built himself a wooden terrace. Originally this was a concrete terrace, but wood looks so much better. It sort of places the house on a pedestal.
A little Valhalla

A little Valhalla

Translations: NL
When in the neighborhood sometimes we drop by older clients, just to say hello, or to regulate a window (which can be necessary in a log house from time to time). So we dropped by this log house that we built some three years ago, and guess what: they turned a muddy plot into a little Valhalla. For those that are familiar with Almere in The Netherlands: in the background is the famous flying saucer house.
A new log house, from solid wood

A new log house, from solid wood

Translations: NL
Today we started with the assembly of a new log house. This log house is a bit like all the other log houses that we built, except for one thing: solid wood. So far we used laminated logs, i.e. logs that have been cut into 40 millimeter planks, dried, and then glued together. Such “gluelam” logs have some technical advantages: they are physically more stable, they don’t warp or crack, and they can be made in any length.
A second Eric & Flo

A second Eric & Flo

Translations: NL
The Eric & Flo is one of our most popular houses. A strikingly simple and timeless design, and also very powerful from every angle. In 2017 a Dutch client wanted a copy. Now an exact copy was not possible because of the Dutch building regulations and we had to raise the roof by a few centimeters. Also this client installed underfloor heating with a heatpump whereas the original Eric & Flo has no heated floor, not even heat-pump, just a wood burner… But other than that the house is almost identical.
Loghouse in Denmark

Loghouse in Denmark

In 2020 we built a house in Denmark, close to Legoland. Appropriately our house was made from wooden logs that you stack together, not too dissimilar from plastic blocks that you stack together. These photos are far from perfect. Made with a phone, we forgot to bring our camera, sorry about that. This was nog a small house. We built it for a Dutch family that emigrated to Denmark some twenty years ago.
Riethoven log house

Riethoven log house

Translations: NL
In the South of The Netherlands we built the Riethoven house. Designed by the owner himself, this house is both a log house and a panel house: the ground floor is a log house, and then the second floor is a panel house, but constructed in such a way that you can not see the difference. If you would not know any better, you would think it is all logs. The panel construction gave us just that little extra flexibility to meet the demands.
Logs, logs and logs

Logs, logs and logs

Translations: NL
Log houses: round logs, laminated, corners, … A log house is a log house is a log house. Except, it is not. Log houses come in many variations. Here we discuss some of the main properties of log houses. Laminated of massive wood One characteristic of a log is the wood lamination. Laminating is the process where we cut a log in long four centimeter strips, dry the strips, then glue them together.
Yellow and blue log house

Yellow and blue log house

Translations: NL
With temperatures going down in Lithuania, and wind coming from the North-East, usually after a few days the Dutch go skating. And indeed, with Lithuanian temperatures going down to -25 Celcius, the ice started growing in The Netherlands and then the Dutch get into this frenzy where they all hope for the Great Event: the Elfstedentocht. And with Covid-19 the Dutch government did not want to let that happen, twenty thousand people on the ice was not a good idea, but also, they were reluctant to call off an event for which the Dutch had been waiting more than twenty years.
New loghouse in Oosterwold

New loghouse in Oosterwold

Translations: NL
Just handed over to client: a new loghouse in Oosterwold, Netherlands. Inspired by the Eric & Flo, 120 m2 brutto surface.
Cold

Cold

Translations: NL
It is well known that timber from the North is heavier. It grows slower, and it is more dense. Better quality wood. We came back from a business meeting just South of Vilnius and when we drove through a forest, we made this short movie. Nice, made us think of slow growing pine. And then in the evening when we came back from work, we looked at the dashboard and saw the temperature…
Larch getting grey

Larch getting grey

Translations: NL
We often use larch on the facades of our houses, because it is very weather resistant. Doesn’t rot, needs no maintenance, protects your house for fifty years. But there is one thing about larch that is not to everybodies liking: it turns grey. Some people like the natural greying of larch, because it is natural. But others prefer to keep the original colours, for instance as in this house. We like the greying, but if you want to keep the original yellowish-orange tint of larch, then you must treat the facade with special products.
Eric & Flo

Eric & Flo

Translations: NL
The Eric & Flo still is, after eight years, the house for which we receive most requests. These photos we received today from our clients in the Lozère. Winter wonderland with a beautiful house…
Wooden logs and cracks

Wooden logs and cracks

Translations: NL
Log houses and cracks Log houses are built from wooden logs, that is: solid or laminated wooden beams, from eight centimeters thick upto thirty centimeters thick. We usually build our walls twelve or sixteen centimeters thick. Twelve is more than enough for a two-level house, but if you got money to spare then sixteen or twenty centimeters just looks nice. Otherwise there is little difference. But what about cracks?
Old Russian wooden houses

Old Russian wooden houses

Translations: NL
In East Europe wooden houses are everywhere. In the smaller villages almost every houses is a wooden house. Until recently these house were a little different from the house that we build: round logs, not laminated no additional insulation a little air leak here and there is ok lots of beautiful decorations painted. And then finally: often without a serious foundation. Especially in Siberia houses are built with a minimal foundation on top of the permafrost.
Life expectancy of a wooden house

Life expectancy of a wooden house

Translations: NL, FR
Contrary to popular belief, wooden houses have a very high life expectancy. Of course wood should be protected from humidity, but if the owner takes care of his house it will last very long. When designing a wooden house we make sure that water can always escape from the house and that walls are ventilated. What would then be life expectancy of a wooden house? We have several examples of old wooden houses in Europe.
Three types of walls

Three types of walls

Translations: FR
Lithouse build houses with three types of walls: panel walls log walls cross laminated timber walls They all have pro’s and con’s, let’s dive into the details. Panel walls Panel walls are essentially hollow boxes filled with insulation material. You build a frame from 195 x 60 mm beams, and front and back you close with an 18 mm OSB-plate. Now you have a hollow box, say 2 x 3 meters and 231 mm thick.
A Beautiful Design

A Beautiful Design

Translations: NL
We are builders and we are proud of our houses because of the techniques and materials that we use. Our houses are robust, sturdy, they have very high insulation values and the are build to withstand ages. But all that means nothing when it comes to aesthetics. A nice design is just that, nice, and that is why we often cooperate with the architects from OxL. Because no matter how nice our designs are, these OxL boys always manage to make it nicer.
Timelapse assembly of a loghuis

Timelapse assembly of a loghuis

Translations: NL, FR
In 2017 we built a loghouse on an island in The Netherlands. Quite an operation: getting a permit to drive a 24-ton truck onto the dike, then unloading to a barge, and then unloading on the island. After returning from a project in the Alps this was a little different for our assembly crew, going to work every day with tug boat.
Timelapse assembly of a loghuis

Timelapse assembly of a loghuis

Translations: NL, FR
In 2017 we built a loghouse on an island in The Netherlands. Quite an operation: getting a permit to drive a 24-ton truck onto the dike, then unloading to a barge, and then unloading on the island. After returning from a project in the Alps this was a little different for our assembly crew, going to work every day with tug boat.