“Show me how you build, and I’ll tell you who you are.” - This quote by the famous German writer Christian Morgenstern is still as true as ever. The key question is: What does this tell us about the latest trend - charming Scandinavian wooden homes? One thing is for sure: these versatile timber homes are becoming increasingly popular. Solid wood houses made from prefab wall elements are particularly attractive for the discerning home owner.
The first things we associate with a wooden home are probably cosiness, a fireplace, and the vast forested expanses of the north. No objections here. But more and more people are understanding that all of this can also easily be combined with modern comfort and convenience as well as with contemporary elegance. We have compiled a list for you of the main advantages offered by solid wood homes.
Tradition and modernity
The classic wooden home with a romantic fireplace is only one of many available options. Anyone preferring something a little more modern and stylish is spoilt for choice. As far as we are concerned: A modern design Scandinavian house which combines a solid wooden finish with contrasting vibrant furnishing elements is as stylish as it gets.
Even if you do not particularly like the wooden look but appreciate the other advantages that wood has to offer, you are still well advised to consider a home in Scandinavian design. After all, it is really up to you if you want the wood to be visible or not.
Solid wood houses also achieve modern standards when it comes to thermal insulation and sound protection. This does not even require particularly thick walls, quite the contrary: The combination of the natural wooden attributes and modern building techniques makes it possible to achieve this with thinner walls than would be necessary with other building materials.
Flexibility and environmental compatibility
One of the best features of wood as building material is its sustainability. Not only is wood a renewable resource, it is normally also grown locally, which means that long transport routes are avoided.
Furthermore, wood creates a wonderful indoor climate with which most of the other building materials cannot compete. As a “breathing” material, wood is able to absorb or emit humidity as needed.
This alone is good enough reason for allergy sufferers and asthmatics to consider living in a solid wood house. Among other things, the ideal indoor climate creates a perfect wellness environment for humans, but not for dust mites or mould spores.
Another big advantage of the typical Scandinavian house is its flexibility. It is much easier to make subsequent changes to a wooden home than to a house made from stones. And who can already say if they will want to move the one or other wall in their home in a couple of years.
So if Christian Morgenstern was right, then the typical attributes we would associate with the buyer of a timber house are elegance, cosiness, efficiency as well as sustainability and environmental protection.
If you are looking for the wooden home of your dreams, we recommend reading our article on log cabins.