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Blog entry by ggardner posted 04-11-2013 01:11 PM 675 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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For a very long time our ancestors have built their own homes using mainly wood. For some strange reason, however, in most places of the earth this trend has receded – nowadays we prefer to use the help of professionals to build our homes for us rather than do it ourselves. The art of self-build is still valued in many places, but that seems to be an exception, not mainstream.
So, have we simply become incapable of building our homes ourselves?

I have a colleague at www.gloghome.com, Mr Indrek Kuldkepp, who came up with the idea of wooden houses anyone could build.
His company sells house plans, but the plans are so detailed and simple to use, you do not need prior experience or education in construction. In a word: he sells professional building plans to non-professionals. And he’s no novice with his 14 years+ of experience with wooden houses in Asia, North America, and Europe.

He was interested, if it was possible to restate the high position of wooden housing, that is namely self built. It is a nice thought I am sure, but can it be done? I suppose only time will tell, but for now, he seems to be doing extremely well.

Granted, the building techniques and materials have changed a lot, but the history still shows that building ones home is not an impossible task. Moreover, I think we use too much metal and concrete building our homes, which makes building homes often too complicated. I agree that concrete and metal are materials that are both relatively cheap and easy to use, but it still leaves you wondering if the future of construction has already been “poured into the concrete”?

I agree that the idea of me, for example, building a home for myself seems a bit far fetched, but not impossible – if I was presented with plans detailed enough for me to understand then why not? I’ve built stuff, when I was younger.
There are several Scandinavian countries that practice self build, only their houses often require prior contact and additional knowledge of construction so a guy like me would most probably fail. None the less – the practical and, in my opinion, down to earth approach to building ones home is anything but absurd. I’m sure, the motivation of a professional contractor could never be as high as the motivation of the house’s future residents.

In fact, the North European market is quite open to ideas to using wood as a sustainable building material. Of course, there are several different “schools”, each promoting their own way of construction as the best one, but that shows that even countries, who’s history goes back to the age of the Vikings, are still clinging on to the material once such a popular in construction. Moreover, it’s common sense, if you think about it. Wood is actually the most used material in construction, because it’s practical, sustainable, and natural – all aspects needed, to have a perfect, healthy home.

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-- George from www.gloghome.com



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ggardner

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#1 posted 04-11-2013 01:12 PM

Basically the text above sums up, how I feel about things.
This business has sparked my love for diy. I hope, it’ll motivate you.

All feedback is welcome!

Thanks!

G.

-- George from www.gloghome.com

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Bluepine38

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#2 posted 04-11-2013 02:32 PM

It all sounds good, but concrete is almost a necessity for a basement and/or crawl space unless you are a
good bricklayer or stonemason. Once you are above ground then wood in a stick built or timber frame
manner is good. I still like the idea of the old stone houses, but the cost of the stone and mason work
would probably be prohibitive. I helped my father build our house as a teenager, and know it can be done,
but at this point in my life, I do not think I would want to build my own house.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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ggardner

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#3 posted 04-11-2013 04:48 PM

Truetrue, I think my post could have gotten a bit wood-focused and yes – concrete is often needed.
it’s just where I come from concrete seems to be the only solution for building and i think it to be nonsense.

-- George from www.gloghome.com

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