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Summer Cottages

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Through out Finland there are a staggering 152.000 lakes, around these pristine lakes are situated many thousands of sauna summer cottages.

Sauna in Finland is seen as the ideal way of rejuvenating the skin, getting rid of toxins and relaxing after a hard days work. Baths are not a common place in Finnish houses or apartments.

Therefore, when the Fin’s travel to their summer cottages at the weekends, or on their annual leave, sauna is a huge part of that vacation experience.

Incorporating a sauna into a summer cottage needs to be thought out well, as the whole family will participate, which means their could be as many as 10 to 20 people enjoying an evening in the woods, having BBQ a few beers, Sauna and midnight swim.

Around the summer, cottages could be many small interlocking log cabins to accommodate friends and family, so interlocking log cabins, or timber frame cabins are very popular in Finland.

Most summer cottages are fully insulated, and some can be as large as 250 sq meters, depending on the plot size! Triple Glazing and strong roofs are necessary due to snowfall, below temperatures, and the occasional bear waking up and foraging, and the most popular route into a cottage by bears is through the roof!

It is very important that when manufacturing a summer cottage one begins to think about what kind of timber to use, in the old days it would have been solid logs, round, hand sawn and quite a crude structure. More refined summer cottage cabins came to fruition in the 60’s and 70’s, and then in the 80’s quality interlocking structures were popping up all over the lakeshores. These are manufactured from quality pine logs and from then until now nothing much has changed in design or quality.

We have looked at traditional summer cottages and believe that by using an Engineered 220mm x 200mm Glulam log, this will be sufficient to keep the cold out, will stand the test of time with the scorching summers and extremely cold winters.

We have taken some time in redesigning a few of the most popular designed summer cottages, and giving them a make over….

At the beginning of February, we will be offering the Finnish public a New log cabin website. On offer will be the whole LV range, including our new Summer Cottage Range.

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Log Cabins LV and Russian Timber!

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So many people ask us why we do not manufacture in the UK, the answer to this is simple, the UK have zero suitable quality timber, and 80% of the timber in the UK comes from the Baltic’s or Russia, the other 20% is from Scotland, which is not suitable for quality timber buildings as it is too quick grown, and too young.

Below is a few facts about Russia and the amazing timber which comes from Russia.

At seventy times the size of the United Kingdom but with just over twice the population Russia remains one of the world’s great wilderness. It sprawls across ten thousand kilometers reaching nearly halfway around the world.

Russia is a northern country with the majority of its area above the latitude of 50 degrees north. The Arctic Circle runs the entire length through the middle of the northern half of the country.

Russia has more than a fifth of the world’s forests, which makes it the largest forest country in the world. According to the FAO study, by 2030 the forest area in the Russian Federation will increase by almost 1.5 percent from 882 million hectares in 2010 to 895 million hectares, this is an annual increase of 660 000 hectares.

Since 1956, total area, growing stock and forest increment in the Russian Federation have tended to increase; however, average growing stock per hectare and average age have decreased noticeably. Gradual rejuvenation of forests has taken place due to felling, forest fires and the transfer of agricultural land covered by young growth to forest land. In particular, many young growth areas were transferred between 2003 and 2008, resulting in an increase of land areas under forests by 20 million hectares.

The decrease in growing stock per hectare can be explained by lag between assessment of forest area and growing stock in the Russian Federation. Thus, between 1956 and 2010, forest area increased by 15.3 percent, while total forest growing stock increased by 9.6 percent. Covering nearly 10 percent to the planet’s land mass is Siberia synonymous with punishing cold where temperatures can plunge to minus 70 degrees Celsius.

More than half of the Siberia, covered with coniferous forest – taiga also known as snow forest. The largest forest in the world consisting mostly of pine spruce, fir and larch, stretches seven million square kilometres. Russia’s taiga forest makes up to or even more than half of the world’s coniferous forests. The Russian taiga has subarctic climate where temperature ranges during the year cam be dramatic but the long and cold winter is the main feature.

Due to the cold weather and permafrost, soil in taiga is young and thin. In coldest eastern Siberia taiga’s vast majority of forest land is shallow rooted larch forest populated by Siberian larch (Larix sibirica), Dahurian Larch (L. gmelinii) and hybrid of previous two Larix × czekanowskii. Other areas are mix of larch and various kinds of spruces and pines. Coniferous trees are the dominant plants of the coniferous forest biome however taiga also have some small-leaved deciduous trees like birch, alder, willow, and poplar. Southernmost parts of the taiga become mixed forest with trees like oak, maple, elm and lime scattered among the conifers as summers there become longer and warmer in comparison to northern taiga.

Subarctic climate is also the reason why taiga’s trees are so valuable for construction timber production. Cold and moist weather is an extremely harsh environment for trees to grow. Even though during millennia of evolutionary path, species adapted to survive unfriendly climate, growth is slow and difficult. Competing with each other trees in the forest stretch straight up to get the most sunlight during short summers and they shed lower branches to conserve energy and nutrients that in slow maturing soils are extremely scarce.

The conifers produce large amounts of resins that are crucial to protect the tree from freezing during winters when air temperature drops way below freezing point and soil is in the intermittent permafrost. Timber milled from these trees is hard, robust and durable. Grain in timber is more straight and compact due to slow growth when compared to softwood timber from warmer climates. It has less knots and much more heartwood than sapwood.

Most of the timber we manufacture our log cabins and timber frame buildings from comes from Russian forests. There are several reasons for that. One of which is that most countries in the Europe no longer have forests accessible for logging due to non-viable logging practices in the past and transfer of forest lands to agriculture plains.

Simply put European countries has striped themselves off of one natural resource that is so crucial for housing industry.

We at Log Cabins LV love working with timber from FSC Certified Russia’s forests, President Putin is a very keen hunter, and woodsman, and he is very concerned about the impact on foresting, so his government keep a very sharp eye on felling and the amount that is allowed to be felled. There are many stories about illegal logging in Russia, it is all lies! Politics gets mixed up with reality!

. Many years of experience in log cabins industry taught us that timber from wild subarctic Russian taiga is superior to timber from farmed European forests.

Quality is our main goal when designing and building our log cabins and timber houses. In our production, we use C24 visually graded timber NOT C16 like most of other timber frame housing manufacturers. Which means that our  residential buildings are far superiour and stronger than 99.9% of other companies.

Our glulam log cabins we took it one step further. Our laminated logs are manufactured from timber that are graded C32 or even C40.With you always get better!

Siberian larch timber is one of our favorites. It is not only one of the hardest softwoods in the world but also valued for its distinct silvery-grey color and consistent texture when used in cladding projects. Siberian larch boards show very straight grain with few small knots. Customers love our Siberian larch cladding because it is aesthetically pleasing when used for residential buildings and the external  cladding or terrace decking boards.

We value Siberian larch for its natural resistance to decay and dimensional stability. Larch cladding life span if treated properly is 50 – 100 years.If you really want to purchase a quality log cabin, timber framed building or a Camping Pod, or a bespoke building please send us an email…, do not settle for less!

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