Combine living and working in a log house
08.08.2017 by Sanna Huovinen
Many of us work at home every now and then – but for some of us home actually serves as the primary place of work. Whether you need a place for remote office work or a space for managing your business at home, one thing is certain: you need enough room with all the functionalities your work requires. Find out what kind of benefits you can reap by combining working and living in a modern log house.
Inspiring office at home
A home office – or study – is a part of many homes. Ideally it provides pleasant surroundings for concentrating on work, whatever it includes: reading, writing, drawing or communicating with others. You may need archive space and room for meeting people, for example, but you will also need sources of inspiration, which often include nice interior decoration solutions and a pleasant view pouring in from the window.
The architect couple Jaakko and Elizaveta Parkkonen designed their own log home and studio for three generations of their family. Honka Savukvartsi was presented at the Finnish Housing Fair in Vantaa in 2015.
Health and safety are also important aspects of a home office. Good indoor air quality, pleasant acoustics and adequate lighting all influence your well-being both at home and at work. When you choose to build a log home with a study, you can enjoy the benefits of log houses not only on your free time but also while you work.
Did you know that a modern log house improves well-being in many ways? Massive log structures help to reduce stress, ensure a balanced and pleasant indoor air quality and form a comfortable acoustic environment. Natural wood materials are also pleasant for the eye – what a wonderful environment they create for catching new ideas and inspiration!
Functional work premises connected with the home
There are plenty of professions that combine living and working in the same location. Entrepreneurs providing hospitality, hobby and health and care services are examples of this, as are farmers. Many artists, architects and artisans also combine their creative production and galleries or showrooms with their home. With an inviting log house or a courtyard with several log buildings you can attract clients and visitors and promote creativity at the same time.
Think about the opportunities: meeting a doctor or a physiotherapist in a convenient log building reduces stress and supports healing. Running a yoga studio or an outdoor activity business in a log building creates a unique atmosphere. A daycare centre for children or an elderly home would be ideally located in a healthy log house, and so on.
Modern, ecological log buildings
A home with an office or other work-related spaces made of massive wood logs fits equally well in both urban and natural surroundings. The buildings can be designed individually, in the latest, most modern style or in a more traditional way. There are no limits in design, as Honka-Fusion technology enables the use of logs in combination with different building materials.
In addition to all the health and safety benefits, log buildings are also ecological. This is especially beneficial for eco-friendly entrepreneurs who work from home, as it strengthens their ecological image. The use of natural wood in buildings helps to reduce the impacts of climate change. All the wood materials used in Honka’s log buildings come from sustainably managed forests.
Home office at Honka INK
The Honka Ink is a youthful vision of an ecological and healthy log home nested in nature. The house is the first shared house of a young couple and its design was based on their wishes for the layout and look to ensure that it feels just like their home. This contemporary Scandinavian style log home was presented at the Mikkeli Housing Fair in 2017.