Bungalow Blitz

BUNGALOW BLITZ In the 1970’s Jack Fitzsimons brought out a book called Bungalow Bliss. It was basically a book of ideas and designs for the amateur self-builder or architect. The amazing thing is that this tome of amateur architecture has been used as a benchmark for professionals up to the present day. We at the Log House Company can only assume that when they were handing out degrees in the 60’s and 70’s that aesthetics were way down on the...

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Settlement/Shrinkage of Log houses

Settlement/Shrinkage of Log houses

SETTLEMENT by Eamon Murray Settlement and shrinkage of logs is probably the single most important detail concerning the construction of a log house. If a log company or builder tells you there is no settlement – move on – you are in deep trouble if you continue with them.   Timber shrinks significantly in width not in length. This is why there is a huge difference between log buildings and timber frame. In timber frame the length is mostly...

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Myths

Myths

Firstly there are a number of myths that need to be dispelled. A question that I’m asked a lot is, “do you need planning permission for a log house?”  I don’t know where the idea that timber structures don’t need p.p. came from except that timber is mainly used for garden sheds, which depending on size etc. generally don’t require p.p. Please check the Planning Page (http://www.theloghousecompany.ie/planning) on The Log House Company website....

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Letter to SEAI

Letter to SEAI

The log house company Log house, builders importers & consultants. Cois Abhainn, Greenan, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow. Ph: 353 404 46096 / 087 859 1101  emmu@eircom.net www.theloghousecompany.ie   7th Feb 2008 Dear Sir / Madam, Recently we instructed a registered BER assessor to carry out a provisional BER for a sample log house. He did a thorough job within the parameters of the test but we feel that the test does not take into...

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PLANNING – Locals only rule is now against E.U. law

The Log House Company website has a Planning section with concise guidelines on the subject. Dept. of Environment, Heritage & Local Government gives a clear overview of the planning system and its legislation. The most relevant legislation is The Planning & Development Act 2000.On this web site also you will find a complete list of the City, Borough, Town and County Planning Authorities. The most important document in relation to any...

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Log Cabins Paint & Varnish

Log Cabins Paint & Varnish

Consumerism encourages us to buy goods that we don’t need “because we’re worth it”. Multinationals encourage us to use their products because “it does exactly what it says on the tin”. Their research and investment focuses on how to sell us their products. Government certification in the building industry is also influenced by big business. For example stamped WBP plywood and certified structural timber in this country is of poor quality. So we...

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