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Updated on March 1, 2013

MASSIVE TIMBER FRAME HOUSES FROM FINLAND

Few people know that Finland is the world's biggest exporter of log cottages and log houses. Even less known fact is that Finland is the most price competitive source for massive timber frame kits.

This lens explains why is it that you can save HUGE amount of money by buying your massive timber frame house from Finland. Don't buy a hand made oak timber frame before you read this lens.

TIMBER FRAME BUILDING HISTORY

Building massive timber frame houses has a long history. The point of using wood as a structural element has always been basing on the fact that wood is incredibly light when compared to the loads it can withstand. Just think about heavy winds that all trees have to deal with. Wood has also been readily available in many areas, which has made it a cheap building material that in turn has lead into ample supply of skilled wood workers. Together these facts lead timber frame building methods development. These old methods are still in use even today. Now we just employ modern automated manufacturing technologies in production of these massive frames but the rest of it is pretty much the same as always.

TIMBER FRAME MANUFACTURING TODAY

For some reason especially oak timber frames are still hand-built but many manufacturers have started to use automated and computer guided manufacturing combined with advanced digital planning. These methods mean that one can automatically manufacture a very complex timber frame house design with a push of a button. Computer assisted 3-D designing minimises the material waste by optimising the customer wishes and structural requirements while making it easy for the customer to take part into the process with the help of 3-D models.

What used to take months in planning and many more months in actual timber frame manufacturing can now take only couple of months in total. Modern massive timber frame house kit can offer you big savings in cost and especially in time usage.

TIMBER FRAME STYLES

Timber frame houses are very flexible with additional building methods, styles and materials. You can fit your timber frame house into an urban environment among tile clad buildings and nobody could tell the difference from outside. Inside style does not have to follow the outside look, instead you can hide a Japanese garden or Scandinavian loft-styled apartment inside the timber framed walls.

This staggering amount of choices is made possible by the computer assisted design, which makes it easy for your suppliers to provide correctly made modules and construction services for you timber frame building site. When the same digital file is the planning basis for every supplier of the project errors will be minimized. No system that relies on hand-made plans and manufacturing can reach the same efficiency.

BUYING A TIMBER FRAME KIT FROM FINLAND

Now that you understand the benefits of digital plans and automated manufacturing you will be happy to find out that Finland is the perfect place to source for such a timber frame kit. This is not all, buying a timber frame house from Finland is also very easy. Here's how it goes:

Just send us your architect drawings or your own ideas or sketches and we take it from there. First we consult you about your specific wishes for your timber frame 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.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BUYING A TIMBER FRAME SHELL FROM FINLAND?

1. MUCH CHEAPER!

2. CUSTOM DESIGNS

3. MEASURE ACCURATE

4. RELIABLE SCHEDULES

5. SHIPS FAST - IN WEEKS!

6. FAST DESIGN PROCESS

7. STYLISH PRE-CUT JOINERY

8. CUSTOM DELIVERY CONTENTS

9. CLEAN, STURDY AND PRECISE MATERIAL

ENGINEERED WOOD

In Finland kiln-dried and glue-laminated wood is used for massive timber frames. This engineered wood has 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 frame has a cleaner look plus it withstands elements better. Since the outside measurements of the raw material are standardized, all the cuts are perfect fits and timber frames from Finland can really have that clean Scandinavian look.

ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDING

Environmental values and energy conservation have become increasingly important topics in housing industry. Massive timber frame 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 not so 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.

TIMBER FRAME KIT CONTENTS

The final question that must be settled before delivering the timber frame kit is the contents of the timber frame kit delivery. From Finland, we can deliver the frame only or any number of hardware store materials to go with the order. In England especially energy efficient Nordic windows and doors have been all the rage. 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.

WHY PEOPLE IN GREAT BRITAIN DON'T BUY TIMBER FRAMES FROM FINLAND?

THEY DON'T KNOW THAT IT IS POSSIBLE.

WHAT KIND OF HOUSE DO YOU PREFER?

Which do you prefer?

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