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. There are a lot of log companies dedicated to supplying garden cabins or sheds and that’s exactly what they are. What we are talking about here is log houses or log homes built to last with quality materials for permanent residence. Yes they need p.p.
The second myth is that log houses are a cheap building solution. We are back to the garden cabins/sheds again. Sure – if you place a structure on a concrete slab in the back garden using 50mm to 70mm wide logs it works out cheap and quick to build. I would question the lifespan of such structures and would not consider them a permanent residence. If you are looking for a quality log home with all the modern appliances, that will stand the test of time, then naturally you will pay as much or more than a standard concrete house. Generally, with standard house construction contracts, the exclusions are amazing – bare concrete floors, cheap doors/ windows and in some cases no paint – you get a concrete bunker. Quality log house kits include timber floors, ceilings and quality doors and windows, decking and lots more. There’s no comparison.
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Lastly timber as a building material has long been considered an inferior product. For example in the 60’s beautiful wood interiors including many Victorian bars around the country were torn out and replaced with the more modern Formica veneer glued onto chipboard. Hideous stuff. The problem is, we believe media and product advertising. Paint manufacturers would have us believe that timber is inferior in order to sell more paint and that they do exactly what they say on the tin. In fact polyurethane is detrimental to log buildings. We are so brainwashed that people ask me, has it been chemically treated. On the one hand they want a natural product and on the other hand they think it’s ok to live in a chemically treated building. We at The Log House Company have found that the use of natural, eco friendly and sustainable products alongside each other makes good building practice. This means the log building lasts longer, it’s a healthier environment and the people inside the building last longer also.
Log as a building material has certain limitations and when one works with these limitations instead of against them you end up highlighting the beautiful and natural characteristics of timber.
CEO The Log House Company