3 RADI

3 RADI

LOG CONSTRUCTIONS

   Log beams have secured their spot in the Latvian landscape, and are very common nowadays. These structures were not uncommon in the ancient building style spectre, evidence of which can be seen in the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum. In the distant – and not so distant – past the beams were most often sawn down and joint in a traditional hand-made log house manner. By using sawn logs it was probably easier for the logs to dry quicker, as well as secured the guarantee of the material to behave well in the construction process – and the thermal and other change of weather, of course. “Behaving better” for beams can be understood as the possibility for it to dry it almost to the core of it, which would mean less moisture in the entire beam, less chance for the wood to warp physically or change its form unelastically, and it can also result in the optimal outcome – the interior wall being formed as a straight wall without any bumps or ridges.
   For log beam buildings 90mm-140mm-190mm would be the dimensions for the thickness of walls, although most often the beam thickness is approximately 190mm. Most often saunas are designed with wall thickness of 140mm, therefore 140mm x 190mm are used for the walls. We have a range of different smaller saunas with 90mm thick walls (90mm x 190mm beams). In turn, living house walls are made with 190mm x 190mm beams. During the assemblage, insulation is placed between the log beams of the building – either linen or hemp tow. While installing the walls, window and exterior door boxes are already installed in the intended places. All that is left to do is to make the window/door leaves.
   Immediately after wall installation, the assemblance of the roof structure continues. For dried construction parts it is not necessary to wait for the building to settle for 2 years or so, which unfortunately is the case of the so called “green log buildings”. For these structures both the roofing and interior work can be started immediately after structure assemblance.
   The exterior walls of the attic (mansard floor) in our log house projects are most often designed as frame walls. That would be a beam-frame construction with external board cladding, as well as wind insulation and of course – a thermal insulation frame. The customer can adjust and plan the type and the thickness of the thermal insulation material, as desired.
   More than 60 architectural sketch projects are available in the 3 RADI web page section  – houses, guest houses, country side houses, farm houses, holiday houses, summer houses, cottages, cabins, campers, garden houses, guest cottages, saunas, gazebos, sheds, barbecue gazebos, garages, car ports, barns, as well as other wooden structures.
   Expense estimates are sent on request for the ‘Building set’ and approximate total construction costs are estimated. If You find it difficult to find the ideal design or floorplan layout for You among our listed projects, feel free to reach out to us and we can create one individually.